by Greg Kucharewski
Youth Education Report
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association September 2009 Newsletter)
HELPING BOY SCOUTS
The JCAA Youth Education Committee continued to provide surf fishing instruction for Boy Scouts at Fort Monmouth. The surf fishing clinics were held at Fort Monmouth during July and August. The Boy Scouts learned water safety, casting, rig tying, and surf fishing locations in Monmouth County that offer public access.
GOVERNORíS SURF FISHING TOURNAMENT
The JCAA Youth Education Committee is helping novice anglers at the Governor's 17th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament, Sunday, October 4, 2009. This will require extra volunteer hours from member clubs in JCAA. If members in your fishing club would like to help others learn the joy of surf fishing, please phone 732-785-9278 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and place IBSP in the subject line. Help is needed to provide assistance for disabled anglers, youth anglers, and novice anglers. This is a fun day. Come out and share your surf fishing expertise and help cast a line of caring.
OHIO NATIONAL YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAM
The Jersey Coast Anglers Associationís Youth Education Chairman traveled to the University of Toledo to support their National Youth Sports Program, NYSP, and Youth Fishing Program. Over 120 children participated in the University of Toledoís National Youth Sports Program and celebrated another successful summer recreation program. The Ohio Division of Fish and Game supported the program and supplied loaner fishing equipment for the NYSP "Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs" portion of the program. The JCAA Youth Education Committee helped organize the land skills theory classes on campus and suggested campers form local fishing groups in their neighborhood. The Merickel-Farley Trout Club donated funds to purchase prizes for campers and their club members volunteered at Olander Park for the hands-on fishing program. Many campers caught their first fish and now have the fishing bug. A special program for twenty-five single mothers was taught at UT to instruct parents how to take children fishing and purchase equipment.
YOUTH EDUCATION SUPPORT
During the months of June, July, and August the JCAA supplied fishing equipment, aquatic information, and HOFNOD materials to the Monmouth County Association of Retarded Citizens, New Jersey Beach Buggy Association, and the Fish Hawks.
If you would like to help with our youth education efforts and offer some of your time to teach children the joy of fishing, please phone 732-785-9278 or e-mail email@example.com.