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Go Outdoors Event At Bass Pro Shops

POSTED May 8, 2009 12:08 p.m.
Time is fast approaching for the National Go Outdoors Event, going on at Bass Pro Shops, 1356 Bass Pro Drive in Manteca, May 16 through May 25. During that time, the company will offer kids and adults all kinds of ways to get off their couches and go enjoy the great outdoors. Events include a life jacket trade-in, outdoor skill demonstrations, interactive activities and a chance to win a sweepstakes package.
“Bass Pro Shops is committed to helping adults and children across the nation put away their laptops, video games, and cell phones this summer and head outdoors,” said Larry Whiteley, Bass Pro Shops Manager of Communications.
Exciting events being offered to entice kids and adults to go outdoors include:
Dutch Oven Cooking 
May 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — 
Tips and tricks to cooking with a dutch oven.
Baitcasting Clinic 
May 16, 10 a.m. to noon — 
Learn the baitcasting basics for making those long casts that catch the big ones!
Gear Up For Backpacking
 May 16 and 17, 23 and 24
 — Whether you plan on hiking Half Dome in Yosemite, or a day hike on a local trail, we will share some valuable tips and pointers on what you need to get the most out of your trip. Check www.basspro.com for times and details.
Kids’ Casting Clinics 
May 16 and 17, 23 and 24, All Day
 — Bring the kids to learn how to cast to catch the big one! Instructors will cover casting basics for beginners, and if you’re already experienced, come test your accuracy skills at our casting course.
Outdoor Skills Workshops
 May 16 and 17, 23 and 24, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. — 
Free Outdoor Skills Workshops. Everything from Spinnerbait Basics to Backwoods Navigation. See www.basspro.com for details.
GPS Basics
 May 23, 2 p.m. — 
Learn how easy it is to use a GPS. We will cover the basics for getting started as well as tips for choosing which GPS will suit your needs.
Kayak Demos 
May 23 and 24
 — Join us at the pool!
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will be on hand to answer questions on the proper fit of life jackets as well as to address water safety questions. You can even bring any old or non-fitting life jackets into your local Bass Pro Shops on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, for recycling and receive an instant discount of $5 to $20 off the purchase of a new personal flotation device or life jacket.
While at Bass Pro Shops, register to win the “Experience the Great Outdoors Sweepstakes.” The National Grand Prize will be awarded to one winner nationwide and has a retail value of more than $11,000. Each store location will select a first place winner who will receive a gift package with a retail value of $550. See store for more details.
Why is Going Outdoors important?
 Bass Pro Shops’ National Go Outdoors Event is a way to give kids (and adults) the chance to learn about the outdoors and the reason why is simple. Kids need this chance to re-connect with the outdoors to learn valuable lessons — how to swim, how to camp, first aid, survival techniques, orienteering, conservation — but more importantly, to become good stewards of the land and its natural resources, to feel good about themselves and to improve their general health and well-being.

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