Kids Will Launch Youth Movement At First-Ever Outdoor Nation Event

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Take Me Fishing™ Zone to Include On-site Giveaways, Fish Tanks & Casting Demos

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We’re thrilled to be a part of this inaugural summit and festival which will create new outdoor champions to preserve the outdoors for future generations.

The Take Me Fishing™ campaign and 500 youth delegates will visit New York City’s Central Park to celebrate the outdoors during the first-ever Outdoor Nation Youth Summit & Festival on June 19 and 20. Take Me Fishing, along with The Sports Authority and South Bend Sporting Goods, will inspire the next generation of boaters and anglers by hosting the Take Me Fishing Zone at the festival on June 19.

According to research by the Outdoor Foundation, kids say cost, time, getting dirty and a risk of danger are among the top reasons they don’t spend time outdoors. A special video inspired by the idea of the Youth Summit, made by kids for kids, was commissioned by the Take Me Fishing campaign. The video is available on and on YouTube.

“With so many kids choosing to spend their free time indoors, it’s great to be involved with an event that connects kids to nature,” said Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) President & CEO Frank Peterson. “We’re thrilled to be a part of this inaugural summit and festival which will create new outdoor champions to preserve the outdoors for future generations.”

Visitors to the Take Me Fishing Zone can win instant prizes, enjoy stocked fishing tanks, take part in casting demonstrations with ‘Master Caster’ Aaron McAlexander, and register for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card to The Sports Authority and more prizes:

  •     Camping gear and equipment from The North Face and The Sports Authority
  •     Diamondback Edgewood Hybrid Bike
  •      “Ready 2 Fish” & N’GAGE fishing prize packages from South Bend Sporting Goods

Take Me Fishing is joining the Outdoor Foundation, Backpacker, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, The North Face and many other partners for this two-day event where youth delegates will convene to discuss ways to motivate more kids to spend time outside. Designed to reconnect young people with nature, Outdoor Nation is a growing grassroots movement to inspire kids to live a healthy and active life. Other special events during the weekend include: kayaking demonstrations and rock climbing walls; discussion groups for the youth delegates to talk about diversity, outdoor services, media and culture; and a career fair to expose kids to job opportunities in the outdoor community.

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About RBFF
RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources. RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishing™ campaign and Anglers’ Legacy™.

About Outdoor Nation
Outdoor Nation will unite more than 500 youth leaders from across the nation around a common mission: to reclaim, redefine and rediscover the outdoors. This multi faceted, two-day event will serve as a catalyst for a revolutionary youth-roots movement to embrace the active outdoor lifestyle. Outdoor Nation will feature nature-based activities, athletic competitions, photography, special exhibits, live entertainment and the nation’s first Youth Summit on the Outdoors designed by and for youth. To learn more, please visit


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