“I loved that little guy I took fishing. He’s a handful, and I’m sure he wants to be a boat captain when he grows up :)” – Boat Captain, Strawberry Reservoir
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 LocationSoldier Creek Recreation Area
Herber City, Utah, 84032 (map)
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2017 Event Recap:
Morning registration started bright and early and went very smoothly. Volunteers were the first to arrive to get banners/signs and registration tables set up. We formed a great new partnership this year with the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR). They brought 10 volunteers on the day of the event and also helped with planning and preparation leading up to the event. With all the help participants were able to get checked-in, geared-up and out on the lake fishing. DWR was also a great help to us in recruiting Boat Captains. We had more than enough boat captains and were able to use the extras to take out some volunteer children and photographers.
All family members that did not go out on boats were shuttled to a nearby pavilion where there were lots of activities going on. There was Smokey the Bear, Woodsy the Owl and Otto the Otter. Other activities included pinewood derby car races, balloon animals, arts and crafts, treats and prizes. As the boaters came in we got reports of fair to good fishing with several participants getting help from volunteers to clean there fish and put them on ice to bring home. Participants and boaters were then shuttled to the pavilion for a lunch of hot dogs provided by JDawgs.
The awards ceremony followed where Brenda Paquette from the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation and Brent Esplin Deputy Regional Director from Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region both shared a few thoughts. Then each participant received a plaque with their picture, a medal and a prize bag to take home.
2016 Event Recap:
For this year’s event we decided to setup the registration area closer to the boat ramp to better facilitate the boater participant match-up process. We also wanted to make the registration area more visible and easier to navigate with larger/better signs. It seemed to go very well. All participants were matched with boaters quickly and sent right out. We had one boater on stand-by and did end up using him. All family members that did not go out on boats were shuttled to a nearby pavilion where there were lots of activities going on. There was Smokey the Bear, Woodsy the Owl, and Otto the Otter. We also had some Mermaid visitors provided by the Court of the Mermaids. Other activities included face-painting, balloon animals, arts and crafts, treats and prizes. As the boaters came in, we got reports of fair to good fishing with several participants getting help to clean their fish and put them on ice to bring home. There was even one Kokanee Salmon caught. Participants and boaters were then shuttled to the pavilion for a lunch of pulled pork and hot dogs. The awards ceremony followed where Jim Behnken from the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation and Jeff Lucero Deputy Chief of Staff from Reclamation’s Washington DC Office both shared a few thoughts. Also, 10 different volunteers were recognized for their years of service with C.A.S.T for Kids ranging from 5 to 18 years. Then each participant received a plaque with their picture, a medal and a fun bag to take home.
2014 Event Recap:
The day started out very beautiful with the sun shining brightly. Breakfast was offered to all volunteers and participants and their families. As the CAST participants showed up, they were registered, given a day pack full of goodies, outfitted with a life jacket, given a tackle box and fishing pole, and assigned to a boat captain and his assistant. After about four hours of fishing on Strawberry reservoir, everyone was taken to the group pavilion for a catered BBQ lunch. Adam Eakle of KSL Outdoors also showed up to the event to film a story for KSL news.
As lunch was being served, there was a special offer for absolutely everyone there under 20 years old. All children and companions were given a fishing pole and reel donated by Cabela’s.
For the awards ceremony, we were fortunate to have Pat Coward, General Manager at Triumph Gear Systems, MC the awards ceremony. Each participant received a photo plaque, a C.A.S.T. medallion, and a fun pack.
At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, we enjoyed a huge raffle thanks to the many generous sponsors and donors.
There were 35 C.A.S.T. participants, 23 boat captains and their assistants, and over 65 volunteers to make the 2014 Strawberry CAST event a great success.
Thanks to our Event Sponsors
Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Utah DNR Wildlife Resources, U.S. Department of the Interior, Strawberry Bay Marina, Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Cabelas, Berkley, Triumph Gear Systems, Tread Lightly!, Cancun Cafe, Strawberry Water Users Association, Maverik, Salt Lake City Weekly, Andeavor, Natures Path Organic, Lews, Flambeau, Sprouts, Utah Down Syndrome Foundation, Utah Parent Center, Make a Wish Foundation, Little People of America