By Thea Miller Ryan
If you have a child, you know how hard it is to convince them to try something new. My daughter balked at peas, tuna, roller coasters and being anywhere near a costumed character when she was little. Just the other day she told me how much she loved eggs. EGGS? She HATED eggs. When did that happen?
When she tried them, she said.
I was afraid to shoot a gun the first time. I was afraid to paddle a canoe down the river. I was afraid to take a fish off a hook the first time. But then, I tried it. It was fun. It wasn’t always easy, but it was doable. And man, did I feel good after I accomplished it.
That’s one of the reasons we’re putting on Women’s Try-It Day this weekend (June 29, 9-noon) – we want to give all the ladies a chance to try something new. For the fifth year in a row, we’re offering canoeing, kayaking, fishing, fly casting, shooting air rifles, bb guns, archery, outdoor cooking, creating outdoor art, making survival bracelets, knot tying and geocaching. I bet there’s something on that list you haven’t tried yet.
In addition to that, you’ll have a chance to meet the person in charge of SD Game, Fish and Parks’ Becoming an Outdoors-Woman camp. She’ll be here to explain how the long weekend offers hands-on introductory classes to women in a non-intimidating supportive, environment. You’ll also meet some ladies who love the outdoors so much they started a club. Outdoor Women of South Dakota is a great place to take your new Try-It Day skills on an even bigger adventure.
Stop by the main Outdoor Campus building Saturday from 9 to noon. You’ll just fill out a short waiver, get a wrist band, and you can go outside and try something new. If you get here early enough, you can get one of our really cool t-shirts we’re giving away, too.
Come on out Saturday and try it!