Things to do in Reno!

Spring Boy Scout Challenge and Trailblazer Day

8650 Boomtown Garson Rd, Verdi
Saturday, May 3, 2014 to Sunday, May 4, 2014
All Weekend


Gold panning, metal detecting, shooting sports, a sporting dog demonstration, Leave No Trace principles and more will be part of two youth and family-oriented events on Saturday, May 3 at Cabela’s, located at 8650 Boomtown Road (I-80, Exit 4). The semi-annual Boy Scout Challenge takes place in the morning while a full day of activities awaits youths and families as part of Trailblazer Day and Family Great Outdoor Days.


Beginning in 2001 with a single event held near Atlanta, Georgia, the Trailblazer Adventure Program has grown to over 700 events held in 48 different states across the country.  Last year alone, with help from Cabela’s partnership, the Trailblazer Adventure Program reached more than 225,000 youth and their families, making the programs total reach to over 1.5 million participants.


Along with Cabela’s, the program partners with youth serving agencies such as the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts and YMCA, to serve as an introductory program for youth and their families to experience our hunting heritage through one day events held coast to coast.  Events aim to expose all types of outdoor experiences to participants, as well as introduce them to different conservation methods. The Trailblazer program is once again partnering with Cabela’s to host events at store locations across the nation. 


The scout challenge starts at 9am with check-in for the free event at 8:30am near the flag poles. This team-oriented event tests the Boy Scouts’ skills and knowledge in a variety of timed and scored events like blindfolded tent raising, bait casting to a target, orienteering, first aid, archery, metal detecting and learning proper game calls. All Scouts receive a participation scout patch, discount coupon and a complimentary lunch is served after the challenge events are concluded for all scouts and leaders.


Teams need to pre-register by contacting Jamie Klund at Cabela’s, (775) 829-4128 or via email, no later than Tuesday, April 29 so enough food can be ordered.


“The Scout Challenges in the spring and fall we’ve hosted have been a fun way for us to reach out to the Nevada Area Council and not only test the scouts’ activity knowledge but maybe introduce them to some other outdoor activities like metal detecting, gold panning or the shooting sports,” Scott Jones, Cabela’s General Manager in Reno, said. “And now with the Trailblazer Day moved up to the same day as our Spring Scout Challenge, it will make for a really exciting day for families to come out and learn about the outdoors in a safe and fun setting here at the store.”


Saturday’s free activities for the entire family start at 10am and continue until 4pm. Among the highlights are the 4-H shooting trailer, which will be setup all day, 10am to 4pm, in front of the store,  a sporting dog demo by SportDog’s Gregg Tanner at 2pm and an outdoor archery range available for instruction from noon to 4pm. Additionally, there will be fly tying activities coordinated by the Truckee River Fly Fishers from 11am to 3pm in the Fly Shop, fly casting lessons will take place from 2 to 4pm outside the store and a Leave No Trace seminar by Jaime Souza of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is scheduled for 11:30am in conference room 2. New this year are an opportunity to pan for gold by the Northern Nevada Chapter of the Gold Panner’s Association of America at 1pm and throughout the afternoon, a metal detecting activity by the Reno Prospecting and Detecting Club at 11am and through the lunch hour plus a kayak safety seminar at 10:00am all outside the store.


The Washoe County Sheriff’s Auxiliary and the Northern Nevada Masons will also do their free Child ID photos and information from 11am to 3pm inside the store at Conservation Mountain. The complete Trailblazer Day schedule is detailed below.


Sunday’s schedule for Family Great Outdoor Days includes kayak safety and metal detecting both at 11am outside the store, backpacking foods at 11:30am in camping, gold panning at noon outside the store, a Gore-Tex demonstration at 1pm in men’s clothing and backpack and hydration pack selection at 1:30pm in camping.

Cabela’s also holds a Fall Boy Scout Challenge on the morning of the state observed holiday Nevada Day, Friday, Oct. 24, and will host a similar event for the Girl Scouts on Thursday, July 24, from 9:30 to 12:30. For details about this event or for information about other seminars or store events, go to


Trailblazer Day Schedule of Events:

+4-H Shooting Trailer, 10am-4pm (Outside West driveway)

+Kayak Safety, 10am (Outside East)

+Metal Detecting, 11am (Outside West, Reno Prospecting and Metal Detecting Club)

+Free Child ID Photos and Information, 11am-3pm (Conservation Mountain, Northern Nevada

            Masons and Washoe County Sheriff’s Auxiliary)

+Kids’ Fly Tying, 11am-3pm (Fly Shop, Truckee River Fly Fishers)

+Leave No Trace, 11:30am (Conf. Room 2, Jaime Souza of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful)

+Archery Basics, Noon-4pm (Outside West, USSA)

+Gold Panning, 1pm (Outside West, GPAA of Northern Nevada)

+Gore-Tex Demo, 1pm (Men’s Gore-Tex display)

+Backpacks and Hydration Packs, 1:30pm (Camping)

+Sporting Dog Demo, 2pm (Outside East, Gregg Tanner of SportDog)

+Kids’ Fly Casting, 2-4pm (Outside West, USSA)