“My son and I attended the Lake Shasta event last year. The volunteers were amazing and my son, who had never been on the water, had such a fun time! Thank you CAST for Kids for giving my child an experience he will never forget!”
This is a C.A.S.T. for Kids event designed to provide children with disabilities, ages 5 – 17, the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing. Take to the water with C.A.S.T. for an unforgettable morning of fishing and boating!
Event LocationLake Shasta
Shasta Lake, California (map)
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Check out this video taken at a past Lake Shasta event by one of our participants!
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2017 Event Report:
The 17th C.A.S.T. For Kids event on Shasta Lake, in Northern California, was held on Saturday, June 10th, 2017. Twenty three excited special kids headed out for a morning of fishing on what ended up being a picture perfect day. Some amazing fish were caught. Regardless of whether the kids caught fish or not, everyone returned with a huge smile on their face. During the BBQ lunch provided by the Redding Elks Lodge the excitement of the morning’s adventure was clearly heard. The kids were bubbling with all kinds of great fish stories. This day is really about new friendships, making memories and connecting these kids and their families with the outdoors. The special bond between boat captain and their new fishing buddy will not soon be forgotten. One thing is for sure… everyone who participated is hooked and looking forward to doing it again next year.
Check us out: 2017 Reclamation Lake Shasta News Story (lots of great photos)
2015 Event Report: The 16th Annual Shasta Lake C.A.S.T. for Kids Event, a few 2015 Shasta Lake Event Report Photos (pdf)
Reclamation joins the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation to bring together fishermen who volunteer their time and boat to spend a morning with a very special child. The concept is bold, to say the least, but the result is a group of people that when it is all over have changed in some small way. There are smiles on everyone’s face and joy throughout the group. You can feel it. It is an amazing day.
This year was different…it was a smaller group of kids, but the interaction was so much better at this event. We got to really spend time with the kids. The true indicator of that were the smiles on the kid’s faces. Watching the child with their boat captain, fishing and interacting with other special kids… just being kids – having fun getting outside with their families.
Almost everything for this event is donated by our generous community, including most of the food. The Shasta Lake’s Lions Club and the Redding Elks Club each bring their huge barbeques and do all the cooking. We have outstanding volunteers that give joyfully, without question and can’t wait to do it again next year. Everyone has the best time. It is hard work that is very rewarding.
The boat captains that come out to make this day happen are not immune to the “special thrill” either. We have a fisherman that travels one hundred miles to Shasta Lake, brings his own boat, uses his own gas, lures and gear, and personally went out and bought a fish finder so each year “his child” would have a better chance of catching a fish. The captains want “their kid” to experience the excitement of reeling in that fish and they don’t disappoint. The kids mean that much to them.
At the end of the day everyone walks away very tired, maybe a little sunburned, but filled with a warmth and pride you just can’t buy or put into words. We have definitely all caught the “Special Thrill,” and can’t wait for next year.
Thanks to our Event Sponsors
Bureau of Reclamation, State of California’s Department of Boating and Waterways, Shasta County in California, Cal Fire, Kent’s Meats and Groceries, Catholic Healthcare West, Welch Enterprises, Dill’s Deli, North State Ice, Trader Joes, Packers Bay Marina, FatBoys, Crown Camera, Pepsi Bottling, Shasta Cascade Bass Anglers, Shasta County Sheriff Office, Shasta Recreation Company, Shasta Lake Lion’s Club, Snow Mountain Water, Frito Lay, Redding Tents & Events Inc., Fishers of Men, Lake Shasta Caverns, CHP, Cottonwood Bass Team, Olive Garden, Franz, Redding Elks Lodge, R & R Quality Meats, Coke Bottling, Zebco, Plano Tackle Systems
California Children Services, Eagle Soar, Make a Wish Foundation, Northern CA Burn Foundation, Shasta County Children Services, Shasta County Women’s Refuge, and Special Olympics