SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Northern California Area Office, in partnership with the C.A.S.T. (Catch A Special Thrill) For Kids Foundation, will hold the 14th Annual C.A.S.T. For Kids event on Saturday, June 15, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Packers Bay Boat Marina on Shasta Lake, about 20 miles from Redding, Calif.
C.A.S.T. For Kids fishing events team up community partners, volunteers and anglers with special needs children to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing. This year, participants will include Shasta County Social Services, California Children's Services, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics, Eagle Soar and Northern California Burn Foundation.
Reclamation supports the effort as part of President Barack Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, which seeks to empower Americans to share in the responsibility to conserve, restore and provide better access to our lands and water, and leave a healthy, vibrant outdoor legacy for generations to come, http://americasgreatoutdoors.gov/. The event is also part of the Department of the Interior’s Let’s Move Outside initiative, which was created to encourage children and their families to enjoy outdoor activities that abound in every city, town and community, http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside.
The day will begin with each child receiving a free fishing rod and reel, bait and tackle equipment, a T-shirt and a hat. During breakfast, the children will learn about boating and water safety from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Boat Patrol and will be treated to visits by Smokey Bear from the U.S. Forest Service and mascot Chipper from the California Highway Patrol. The children and their parent or guardian, along with their fishing mentors, will then head out to enjoy a morning of fishing on Shasta Lake. A barbecue lunch hosted by the Elks Lodge and Shasta Lake Lions Club will be served as the day concludes with an award ceremony recognizing the accomplishments of the children, their boat captains and all the volunteers.
For more information, including directions, please contact Sheri Harral at 530-276-2030 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the C.A.S.T. For Kids Foundation, please visit http://www.castforkids.org.
Released: June 13, 2013