Lots of Fun and Fishing at the Burley C.A.S.T. For Kids Event

Written by: Kenneth Carroll

This year’s C.A.S.T. For Kids event in Burley, Idaho, was a great success. It was held at the Burley Golf Course Boat Docks, a new location. The team arrived at 6:30 a.m. and began to set up for the event. The sight of the 45 plus volunteers and boaters arriving was beautiful to see. When the participants arrived, the boaters were ready. The kids were suited up, received their fishing gear, paired with boaters, got their picture taken and began to load the boats for a time of their life. This new venue proved to be a great choice.

When the kids returned to shore, they had stories upon stories to tell. It was wonderful hearing all of the good reports especially that some had caught fish.

"I feel so blessed to have this opportunity," said Jennifer Richardson, a first time participant’s mom. "No words can explain how this event helped to bring my son and me closer together."

Cody Sibbett, Reclamation’s O&M Planner said, "This was my first year volunteering for a C.A.S.T. For Kids event. To see the pure joy and excitement these kids had when talking about the fish they caught made all the hard work worthwhile."

The Rupert Elks Lodge provided a delicious lunch and other sponsors helped to ensure no one was left hungry. Before the awards ceremony, the participants and volunteers enjoyed health tips and massages from Dr. Crane. The participants also got a chance to play in the bounce house and get their faces painted.

As a bonus for the participants this year, they received an awesome "swag bag" which included a nerf ball, food coupons and other goodies.

"Event locale was an absolute 10. I could not imagine a better location to hold a C.A.S.T. For Kids event for children with special needs," said Jim Behnken, C.A.S.T. Western Program Director. "All the volunteers and staff were unbelievably thoughtful, loving and considerate of the families."

Thanks to all who worked tirelessly to ensure that this event was a positive experience for all the kids! We hope to see you again next year!

Group photo at Burley C.A.S.T. Event

Published on August 11, 2016