Yes, you could win this competition, scheduled for June 6 – 8 at LL Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School. But the real winners will be the 2600 children served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, where five clubhouses provide a fun, safe place where kids find trusted, caring adults and can achieve academic and personal success.
The Maine Outdoor Challenge is promoted as “a fun and unique fundraiser for Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine and the Rotary Club of Portland… Helping to change lives and support children and families who need us most.” My friend, Rusty Atwood, an active member of Portland’s Rotary Club, brought this wonderful event to my attention. Money from the event also helps the Rotary provide students with scholarships and mentoring. Internationally they improve the lives of children and families by providing hearing aids, prosthetics, and clean drinking water in the Dominican Republic. Good causes, for sure.
The 2016 Maine Outdoor Challenge is the fifth annual event, and they anticipate as many as 45 teams of five to participate in this three-day competition. Each team participates just one of the days for three hours. Sporting events include clay target shooting (with instruction), fly casting, GPS orienting and archery. No experience is necessary.
So, round up some friends and join the challenge! Teams can register online in the events section at www.bgcmaine.org, for $1000, or pledge to raise a minimum of $1500 on the event’s fundraising pages.
On Wednesday, June 8, the event concludes with a lobster bake and live auction to recognize winning teams, award prizes, draw raffle winners and award door prizes – and celebrate all the good work of these organizations. The lobster bake and auction is included in your registration. Fun!