2012 Strawberry Reservoir CAST For Kids Event
The 16th annual C.A.S.T. for Kids Utah fishing event sponsored by the Bureau of Reclamation was held at the Soldier Creek Recreation Area at Strawberry Reservoir on Saturday, August 11, 2012. It was a beautiful sunny day and everyone shared the enthusiasm to ‘move outside’ and catch fish, enjoy boat rides, play games, and have a great time. This year’s event was once again part of the “Let’s Move Outside” program initiated by First Lady Michelle Obama to promote healthy lifestyle habits such as physical activity and a healthy diet.
Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science, Anne Castle was at this year’s event to support the 32 children who participated and to acknowledge the efforts of the many people and organizations that make this opportunity possible. This year, over 25 sponsors and participating organizations and over 100 local volunteers were involved including 29 boats/captains and 28 assistant captains.
Once the kids got checked in and received their fishing gear, they and their families each boarded a boat and headed out on the lake to throw in their lines. The fish were definitely biting and with the expert support of each boat captain, most of the children were able to catch at least one fish. One of the children hooked a really big one that managed to elude being netted and caught but at least she was able to share her fish story with everyone back on shore.
After a couple of hours on the water, everyone came ashore to enjoy a barbeque lunch prepared by the Weber Basin Job Corps Center. In harmony with the “Let’s Move Outside” program, a number of healthy menu options were available including turkey hot dogs, veggie burgers, and fresh fruit. Once lunch was over each of the kids received an award plaque and medal along with a number of other goodies provided by sponsors. The kids also got to enjoy face painting, and having their pictures taken with Otto Otter, Smokey the Bear, and Woodsy the Owl.
A good time was had by all. Many positive comments were heard throughout the day and occasionally, there were a few tears as volunteers watched the children enjoying themselves. Several of the parents sent e-mail messages after the event expressing their appreciation for the great experience they, and their children had, and for the volunteers’ time and efforts to make the day a success.
List of Sponsors: Triumph Gear Systems; Utah Bass Anglers Sportsman’s Society; Strawberry Anglers Association; Utah Bass Federation Nation; Rocky Mountain Anglers; Friends of Strawberry Valley; BLM Interagency Fire Center; University of Utah Westridge Clinic; Jim Ellis, DDS; Jessica Gushard, Independent Scentsy Consultant; Utah Forestry, Fire, and State Lands; Utah Division of Wildlife Resources; Central Utah Water Conservancy District; Tread Lightly Inc.; Weber Basin Job Corps; Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest; Cancun Cafe; Frito-Lay North America, Inc.; Otto & Sons; Verlo Ottley Nightcrawlers; Rainbow Casino Hotel; Pure Fishing; and many, many private volunteers.
Children’s Agency: Make a Wish Foundation; Utah Down Syndrome Foundation, Utah Parent Center, Little People of America, Primary Children's Hospital.
Each year, Reclamation sponsors many CAST for Kids fishing events at reservoirs across the West. These events are intended to provide disabled and disadvantaged children the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing. For more information, visit: the CAST for Kids web site.