“Seeing the excitement on the children’s faces was thrilling, but seeing the pride in the captain’s faces was priceless. There was a ‘repeat’ captain who was taking a child he had hosted last year out again. He was so excited to see his little buddy again, and the youngster was equally as excited to see him.” – Volunteer, Lake Walcott
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 LocationSnake River
Burley, Idaho (map)
(208) 436-4187 ext 113
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Media Report of 2016 event by KMVT.com (channel 11) – article includes video report
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2016 Event Report: by Kenneth J. Carroll, Event Coordinator
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?”!
2015 Event Report: by Anisha Cenarussa
The 14th annual Lake Walcott C.A.S.T. for Kids, Let’s Move Outside event happened on July 18, 2015. A team of twenty six volunteers started arriving at 6:30 a.m. to prepare the site for the event.
Just as volunteers were finishing the final preparation work, sixteen participants and their families began to arrive. Each participant was given a tackle box complete with tackle and worms and a fishing rod that they could take home with them so they could use them on other fishing adventures with their families and friends.
Once the participants were properly equipped and the boats were launched, it was up to the ten boat captains to show their passengers a good time and to find the holes where the fish were hiding.
You have to remember: fishing is called fishing, not catching. So for this event, fishing was done by all, unfortunately catching was done by none. Even though no fish were caught, I believe a thrill was caught by all.
Once all participants were back on shore, we had a special treat: Otto Otter and Smokey the Bear were eagerly waiting for hugs and photo opportunities with the kids. The Rupert Elks Lodge 2106 provided and served a wonderful lunch and plaques and goodie bags were then given to all the participants.
I was amazed at the joy I felt throughout the entire day. I was 16 excited to see the looks on the kids’ faces as they had their day of fun. The smiles and excitement was apparently catching as I do not believe there was anyone at the event that was not wearing a “permagrin” at the end of the day.
As this was my first year to coordinate the C.A.S.T. event, I recognize the hard work of the many volunteers that goes into the planning and participating in this event. After such a fun-filled day, I was certainly ready to go home and take a desperately-needed afternoon nap.
A big thank you to all the shore volunteers, the boat captains, and the Elks, as well as the many other volunteers for their help in making this day a success. I would also like to thank all of the sponsors for their generous donations
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, US 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, USDA, Mr. Gas, Zebco, and Plano Tackle Systems