PHOTO: Parents and kids alike gathered at Montgomery Bell State Park last weekend for a weekend of fishing, hiking and camping. /Photo courtesy of Union Sportsmen’s Alliance
BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
The Montgomery Bell State Park campout, a free weekend of outdoor activities organized by Spring Hill’s own Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), saw well over 70 families participate in the litany of outdoor activities.
Such activities included a live snake exhibition, a youth fishing competition, archery, and of course, plenty of hiking. Meals were also provided, as well as free fishing rods and reels courtesy of Pure Fishing, and game calls courtesy of Plano Synergy.
The campout was part of USA’s Work Boots on the Ground – its flagship conservation program aimed at enhancing “public access to the outdoors, conserving wildlife habitats, [and] restoring America’s parks and mentor youth in the outdoors.”
“It was extremely rewarding to see youth and parents enjoy themselves outdoors together, especially those who’ve never experienced these traditional outdoor activities or gotten close to nature,” said Cody Campbell, USA conservation coordinator. “We opened the door to a whole new world for them and provided the tools and confidence to continue exploring it.”
The event was also supported by the Nashville Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC), the Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council, Montgomery Bell State Park and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The Nashville BCTC President Anthony Nicholson was also at the event volunteering, and spoke of what it meant for him to see families coming together to enjoy the outdoors.
“Some of these children had never fished before, never owned a fishing pole or even sat by a campfire,” Nicholson said. “Getting together with other union members to introduce them to these experiences was priceless.”
The USA is a nonprofit organization that focuses on conservation and encouraging youth to experience the outdoors. The organization moved its world headquarters to Spring Hill in November of 2018.
To keep up-to-date on future events organized by the USA, click here to view the USA events page.