The Bureau of Reclamation hosted a CAST for Kids/Let's Move Outside Event July 13 at Lake Walcott in Rupert, Idaho. The event brought together 18 children and countless volunteers from various organizations to enjoy the outdoors and teach fishing skills.
C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with disabilities and terminal illness an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating.
The children range from ages 7-16 years old and have a variety of physical or developmental disabilities or, in some cases, a terminal illness. Each child was given fishing hear, a t-shirt and a hat, and local volunteers provided fishing boats and expertise to assist the novice anglers.
This event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move Outside" initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity on America's public lands and waterways, and eating healthier. The participants were served healthy snacks throughout the event.
The morning fishing event will be followed by a barbecue lunch hosted by the Rupert Elks Club 2106. Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Rupert Elks Club 2106, Idaho State Parks, and Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
Released: July 26, 2013