“I really appreciate the way all of the volunteers made us feel welcome and helped us be a part of the program. It is an amazing program! I really appreciate everything they did for us!.” – Parent, Snake River, ID

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 Location

Snake River
Burley, Idaho (map)

Event Contacts

Event Coordinator

Brian Stevens

(208) 678-0461 ext 46


Event Co-Coordinator

Carolyn Hice

(208) 678-0461 ext 38


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2017 Snake River Event:

Watch a must-see video featured on KMVT11 from Snake River here!

2016 Snake River Event:

Media Report of 2016 event by KMVT.com (channel 11) – article includes video report

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2016 Event Recap

This year’s event was a great success; mainly due to the dedicated team of individuals that worked tirelessly to ensure a positive experience for the kids.  I got the motivation for coordinating this event when I thought about how I could give back to my community.  Also, I have a grandchild with a disability who loves to fish.

This year’s event was not without its challenges; new event location and new coordinator to name a few. The key for our event success was the “up front” preparation by our core team members and the support of “upper management” who allowed us time to properly plan this event.

When I arrived at the Burley boat docks location at 6:30 a.m., my core team began to get things set up for the day.  It was then that my adrenalin started to kick in.  The sight of the 45 plus volunteers and boats arriving (along with the sugar rush from a couple of doughnuts) gave me the fuel necessary to keep things running smoothly.  I was particularly impressed with the many families that came to volunteer.  Our area manager (Roland Springer) with his son on the radios, along with our local manager (Ryan Newman) whose son and wife assisted wherever necessary.  What a relief to know that when the participants arrived the boats were ready, and, this new venue proved to be a great choice because of the wheelchair access right at the dock and the convenient boat staging area. Furthermore, since our event was near downtown Burley, we had more community and media support than in previous years.

It was great hearing all of the good reports from the participants and their families; especially that some had caught fish.  The Rupert Elks provided a great lunch and other sponsors helped to ensure no one was left hungry.  Before the awards ceremony, the participants and volunteers enjoyed heath tips and massages with Dr. Crane.  We also had a large bounce house and face painting for the kids. Furthermore, as a bonus for the participants this year, we were able to put together an awesome “swag bag” which included a nerf ball, food coupons, etc.  Lastly, one of our volunteer boat captains offered to filet a fish caught by one of our participants, great!

A couple of memorable quotes from a few that attended our event:

First time participant’s mom Jennifer Richardson whose son, Jacob, has autism –

“I feel so blessed to have this opportunity…No words can explain how this event helped to bring my son and I closer together”.

First time volunteer Cody Sibbett

“This was my first year volunteering for the C. A. S. T. for Kids Foundation, and to see the pure joy and excitement these kids had when talking about the fish they caught, to the new and old friendships that were created really made all the hard work worthwhile.”

First time sponsor Idaho State University (ISU) Federal Credit Union corporate volunteers Tracie Bell and Josue Aquilar –

“As employees and members of ISU Federal Credit Union, it is a great honor to volunteer at such an awesome organization as C. A. S. T. who provides a great opportunity for our local kids. We can’t wait to come back next year!”

C. A. S. T. Western Program Director Jim Behnken

“Event locale was an absolute 10. I could not imagine a better location to hold a C. A. S. T. event for children of special needs. All the volunteers and staff were unbelievably thoughtful, loving and considerate of the families.”

Finally, as 2pm rolled around and our volunteers had all left, I was sitting there quite tired and bewildered. Then I began to ask myself, ”how do I get some new ideas started for next year?”!


Thanks to our Event Sponsors

Mettler Construction, Cassia County Sheriff, Emergency Response Ambulance Services of Burley/Rupert Idaho, Butch’s Baits, Rupert Elks Lodge #2106, Sportsman’s Warehouse, McDonalds, Burger King,  Bureau of Reclamation, Minidoka Southern Water Conservation District, Dairy Queen, Department of Fish and Game, US Forest Service, Minidoka County Sherriff, Project Mutual Telephone, Coca-Cola, US Fish and Wildlife Services, Take Pride in America, Mr. Gas, Bobcat Corner, Idaho Water Sports, Minidoka County Fair and Rodeo, Stokes, Smith’s, Costco, PCA, Butches Bait, Papa Murphy’s, Lews, Flambeau

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