Junior Eisenhuth's Youth Field Day legacy
By Pete Dalby
The Clarion County Youth Field Day activities were once again a success this past Saturday (July 25), thanks to the various sports clubs in the county, the state Game Commission, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and supporting organizations and businesses that pulled this event off in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This letter is a tribute to Junior Eisenhuth of Knox who passed away three months to the day of this year's Youth Field Day.
About 30 years ago, Junior was not only a member of several local sports clubs but was also an officer within the Northwest Division of the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs.
Attending a quarterly division meeting with the game commission, the relatively new education and information officer emphasized and promoted the game commission's renewed efforts to focus on working with each county's sports-conservationists groups to develop a multi-agency, multi-sports "Youth Field Day."
Junior provided this idea and information to his clubs and others in the county.
The formation of the Clarion County Sportsmen for Youth was soon formed and Junior served as its president for well over a decade.
Camp Coffman's availability served as a perfect venue for such an event.
The Youth Field Days each July has become an incredibly successful event and the envy of many other county Youth Field Day events in the state, and very likely attracts the most youngsters.
During the years, Junior continued to serve in various capacities within the Youth Field Day group, and extolled its success and popularity to the other counties in the Northwest Division as well as at meetings and conventions of the state PFSC.
It is a tribute to the present leadership and supporters that the Youth Field Day continues its success at providing numerous outdoor learning experiences for Clarion County youth.
Early last year, the Northwest Division of the PFSC had a plaque prepared to honor Junior's years of service within Clarion County and the state via the PFSC.
It was not until the December quarterly meeting hosted by the game commission office in Franklin, that he was able to attend.
The award presented by the Northwest Division President Mark Crabb, reads as follows: "GEM Award (Going The Extra Mile) presented to Junior Eisenhuth in recognition of your lifetime achievement of dedication, commitment and loyalty to the sportsmen/women of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Thank You!"
While Junior truly enjoyed the honor, his heart and greatest contribution over the decades was to the youngsters via the Youth Field Day.
With Junior's passing, the Youth Field Day event remains in very capable hands to service Clarion County Youth for years to come.