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The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation & Take a Warrior Fishing program

The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation

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We believe every child is worth celebrating, can overcome limitations and have a victorious day.

Through a joyful day of fishing, kids, their families and community volunteers come together for an explosion of fun and inspiration. C.A.S.T for Kids Foundation hosts annual fishing and boating events across America to fulfill our mission of providing populations with special needs the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience fishing on the water.

 

C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation is a public charity that was formed in 1991 to join volunteers who love to fish with children who have special needs for a day of fishing in the outdoors. The Foundation became an official 501(c)3 in 1994 and currently hosts three programs: C.A.S.T. for Kids, Fishing Kids, and Take a Warrior Fishing.
 

 C.A.S.T. for Kids Event

The C.A.S.T. for Kids Event was designed to create an adaptive environment where children, ages 5-17, and adults could both benefit, sharing a day of fun on the water that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience.

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Participants are hosted at a local lake, or body of water, supplied with a fishing rod & reel, t-shirt, hat, and tackle box, partnered with an experienced volunteer angler and escorted onto a boat where, with the supervision of a parent or guardian, they are shown proper fishing techniques and receive natural resources education.  Participants and volunteers all then return from their morning fishing excursion to a BBQ lunch and an awards ceremony.

Goals of the C.A.S.T. for Kids Program

  • Expose children, who may not otherwise get the opportunity, to the sport of fishing and the enjoyment of the outdoors
  • Encourage continued participation in fishing by developing skills in the children along with their parents
  • Provide education and understanding to children about fish as a natural resource
  • Increase the awareness of all participants, parents, sportsmen, and volunteers, to the capabilities of children with disabilities, in effect strengthening local communities

Events

C.A.S.T. for Kids events are held annually. Search our Calendar to find an event near you. Don’t see an event near you? Please join our family of coordinators and host an event! We are always looking for passionate people who care about kids and strengthening their community.

Volunteers are critical to the success of every event. Before event day volunteers may join the Planning Committee and help with organizing various pieces of the event. Event day is a favorite, as volunteers set up the event, run registration, pass out fishing rods to the kids and get life jackets fitted, drivers launch boats, fisherman volunteer their boats and experience to take out the kids on the water, shore volunteers set up the lunch and awards ceremony.

Check out event photos from our past events. Looking for photos from your recent event? You can:

  • Find your event on the Calendar
    • Scroll down and find the “View All Event Photos” button – it will take you directly to all the past years of that event.
  • Or, go to our Flickr Collection of Photo Galleries and follow these instructions (for those not familiar with or new to Flickr)
    • The link takes you directly to our page of “Collections” – each event is its own “Collection”
    • Scroll until you find your event (listed by the name of the body of water (lake, reservoir, etc)).
    • The photos for each year are in an “Album” and all the “Albums” are grouped together into a “Collection”
 

  Take a Warrior Fishing

Established in 2011, TWF events are designed to support military personnel and their families, by creating an adaptive, community-based outdoor recreation experience through the sport of fishing.

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TWF Progarm LogoThe Take a Warrior Fishing program was established in 2011 and events are designed to support military personnel and their families, specifically targeting persons assigned to Warrior Transition Commands, by creating an adaptive, community-based outdoor recreation experience through the sport of fishing. Numerous studies have shown that traumatic events not only affect the psychological structures of the self, but also the attachment and meaning that link individuals and community.  This program seeks to restore those disconnects. Each event will have the capacity to accommodate up to 150 families and brings in numerous community partners.

Goals

  • Support positive social interactions with the civilian world
  • Restore disconnect in the home by increasing family interaction
  • Encourage outdoor recreation as a therapeutic outlet
  • Empower Veterans to advocate for positive self growth and change

Events

Take a Warrior Fishing events are held annually. Search our Calendar to find an event near you.

Volunteers are critical to the success of every event. Before event day volunteers may join the Planning Committee and help with organizing various pieces of the event. Event day is a favorite, as volunteers set up the event, run registration, pass out event gear, drivers launch boats, fisherman volunteer their boats and experience, shore volunteers set up the lunch, and more. The local community comes together to make the event a success.

Check out event photos from our past events. Looking for photos from your recent event? You can:

  • Find your event on the Calendar
    • Scroll down and find the “View All Event Photos” button – it will take you directly to all the past years of that event.
  • Or, go to our Flickr Collection of Photo Galleries and follow these instructions (for those not familiar with or new to Flickr)
    • Click on “Collections” (at the top of the page, under the ‘Your photostream’ title),
    • Scroll until you find your event (listed under the body of water (lake, reservoir, etc)).
    • The photos for each event is listed under the body of water and year (called a ‘set’). All the years (sets) for an event are grouped into a ‘collection’.
 

“Getting more kids fishing, more often”, established in 1996, with a focus on urban youth and teaching angling and environmental stewardship.

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Fishing Kids Program LogoThe Fishing Kids Program was established in 1996 and is built around the slogan “Getting more kids fishing, more often”.  Events are designed to create and provide more fishing opportunities for urban youth, ages 5-14.  Each event hosts approximately 300-800 children and for a minimal entry fee each participant receives a Fishing Kids t-shirt, rod & reel to keep!  The kids fish in groups on-shore for up to 60 minutes receiving instruction by experienced anglers on angling techniques and environmental stewardship.  The parents are encouraged to participate with their children and prior to each fishing session each group receives a tutorial on water safety.

Goals of the Fishing Kids Program

  • Provide a meaningful and enjoyable fishing opportunity to local youth
  • Promote fishing as an alternative leisure activity
  • Offer education elements such as angler ethics, fish identification, and water safety to local youth
  • Develop skills that provide a lifelong hobby

Events

Fishing Kids events are held annually. Search our Calendar to find an event near you.

Volunteers are critical to the success of every event. Before event day volunteers may join the Planning Committee and help with organizing various pieces of the event. Event day is a favorite, as volunteers set up the event, run registration, pass out event gear, fisherman volunteer their fishing experience, and more. The local community comes together to make the event a success.

Check out event photos from our past events. Looking for photos from your recent event? You can:

  • Find your event on the Calendar
    • Scroll down and find the “View All Event Photos” button – it will take you directly to all the past years of that event.
  • Or, go to our Flickr Collection of Photo Galleries and follow these instructions (for those not familiar with or new to Flickr)
    • Click on “Collections” (at the top of the page, under the ‘Your photostream’ title),
    • Scroll until you find your event (listed under the body of water (lake, reservoir, etc)).
    • The photos for each event is listed under the body of water and year (called a ‘set’). All the years (sets) for an event are grouped into a ‘collection’.

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