RUPERT, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Snake Field Office will hold its annual C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at Lake Walcott State Park located off State Highway 24, about 11 miles northeast of Rupert.
C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with a wide range of special needs an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating.
"This is an excellent opportunity for children to leave their worries and cares on shore and enjoy fishing on the lake," said Sarah Wageman, event coordinator for the Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Snake Field Office. "We are in need of more boaters. This is a great event for volunteers who are willing to help out and make a difference in the lives of these children."
This event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move Outside" initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity on America's public lands and waterways, and eating healthier.
The children range in age from 7-16 years old. Each participant will receive fishing gear, a tee shirt and a hat. Local volunteers will provide fishing boats and expertise to assist novice anglers.
The morning fishing event will be followed by a barbecue lunch hosted by the Rupert Elks Club 2106. Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Idaho State Parks, Rupert Elks Club 2106, and Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
Volunteers from the Minidoka County Sheriff Department, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and Emergency Response Ambulance will assist by providing emergency services for the event.
For more information about the July 19 event, contact Sarah Wageman, Upper Snake Field Office at (208) 678-0461, ext. 48. For background information about the program, contact Sandra Ferguson, Regional Coordinator at (208) 383-2206 or visit http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/ . In case of rain, the event will be canceled.
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