In June for the last 21 years 25-30 girls from the Boys and Girls Club in Wichita Falls have enjoyed a trip to the Campsey-Sides Happy C Ranch.
This was the idea of Harry Campsey and Northwest Texas Field and Stream Association of Wichita Falls. There is a deer hunt for boys in December but nothing for the girls until Mr. Campsey came up with this idea. Ray Spangler has been the chairman all these years. Field and Stream Association brings the fishing poles, life jackets, fish fry and hot dogs.
The girls fished all morning learning to bait their hooks and take whatever they catch, fish or turtles, off their poles. The game wardens from Clay and Montague came to help the girls with their fishing. There is always lots of yelling and laughing that goes on with that many girls.
After the lunch cooked by the Field and Stream, they learn about other differences between country and city life.
The girls rode in a wooden wagon with iron wheels built by Harry Campsey and his friend; learned how to call and feed the cows; and how to get face paint from cactus.
This year the Air Evac helicopter landed in the field on the ranch. The pilot was Jim Poulson; the paramedic was Rick Freeman and nurse was Penny Bangs. The team was from Mineral Wells Base 55. The team explained their duties and let the girls ask questions.
Assistant EMS Director Will Magnum brought a Faith Community Hospital ambulance for the girls to see. The girls were able to tour the helicopter and ambulance.
The Campsey-Sides family came from Austin, Baytown and Willis to help keep this tradition going. Harry Campsey died in 2010 but the family plans for it to continue.