This is a C.A.S.T. for Kids event designed to provide children with disabilities 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!
To Register: click on the appropriate big red button at the right. (Registration for the 2015 event is not open yet - check back in early summer.)
Questions? Contact Sarah Wageman via email or call 208-678-0461 ext 48.
For more info check out the Bureau of Reclamation's website!
Past Events at Lake Walcott
Photos from past events at Lake Walcott are located at our Flikr site.
2014 Event Report by Sarah Wageman:
When the fish don’t bite, call in the snakes!
Many smiles were shared at the Lake Walcott C.A.S.T. for Kids, Let’s Move Outside event on July 19, 2014. The day began bright and early as volunteers worked to prepare the site. Art Pasley, National Program Director for C.A.S.T. Foundation, said it best, “It always amazes me how a group of people can go a year between events and yet once they arrive, it looks like they do an event every week. Simply Amazing!” A team of dedicated volunteers is crucial to the success of these events. Thank you to each volunteer and boater who cleared schedules in order to be part of this special day. As a result of your hard work and dedication, many children were able to enjoy the beauty of nature and experience outdoor recreation in a unique way.
Participants were encouraged to abandon their wheelchairs for the day. One boy gladly accepted and traded his chair in for a seat aboard a boat. Sitting near the back of the boat allowed him to fish and enjoy the ride.
Twenty-four participants, distributed among 10 boats managed to catch a few fish. Catching fish is always great, and the biggest fish is always hailed by the crowd. The highlight of the day however, turned out to be a small snake that fell from a tree and slithered back and forth beneath a picnic table and up the table cloth at the pavilion for a few moments. Children squealed with delight and fear as they stalked or ran from the snake. Thankfully, a brave gentleman rescued the snake and relocated it to a safe (kid-free) area. In fact, the snake was so well received that we are considering planting snakes next year in case the fish forget to make an appearance. After all, C.A.S.T. is short for Catch A Special Thrill …. and nothing is more special or thrilling than witnessing the joy of delightful squeals.
At the end of the day, you sit back and sigh … and smile at the lives that were touched and the impact made. C.A.S.T. provides a wonderful opportunity to teach children how to fish, learn about their environment, and be good stewards. Thanks again to each volunteer, boater, and sponsor of this event. Special thanks to Margee Bibbey and Roland Springer for efforts above and beyond in seeking boaters.
If you have any ideas/suggestions to share, would like to be a part of the planning committee, and/or just volunteer for the Walcott C.A.S.T event next year, please contact Sarah Wageman at the Upper Snake Field Office, 208-678-0461, extension 48, or Margee Bibbey, extension 30. See you next year!
2014 Event Article: Weekly News Journal
2012 Event article, written by Sarah Wageman.
U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Take Pride in America, Let’s Move Outside, USDA, Idaho State Parks and Recreation, Idaho Fish & Game, Rupert Emergency Response Ambulance, Project Mutual Telephone, Wal Mart, Coca Cola, TBF Partners in Fishing - Idaho, Mr. Gas, Minidoka County Sheriff, McDonalds, Burger King, Rupert Elks Lodge #2106, Rupert United Methodist Church, Family Dollar, DL Evans, HB Boys L.C., Minidoka County Fair Board, Lynch Oil Co., Butch Brady, First Christian Praise Chapel, Zebco, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Plano Tackle Systems.
Lake Walcott Statistics
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