Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cast No Doubt, Something Fishy is Going on at Klineline Pond

We weren't casting any doubts tonight, we were casting for fish!

Cub Scout Pack 2, Vancouver, Washington's first ever registered sensory friendly cub scouting pack is preparing for Klineline Kids Fishing this weekend, Friday, April 13th, 2012 and Saturday, April 14th, 2012 at Klineline Pond in Vancouver.  We had a den meeting tonight at River Rock Church in Vancouver and the kids got to practice casting a fishing line, learning how to bait a hook and doing some coloring of different fish pictures.  It was a fun group time and all of the boys earned their fishing belt loop.  Fun!

This is the 13th year that Klineline Kids Fishing is hosting this special event and will be the second time that our family has attended.  Last year was Justin and Ryan's first time ever fishing!  Here was the result:

Proud Mommy moment!  One of my favorite pictures of the year!

Each year the Klineline Kids Fishing hosts a Special Needs Kids Fishing day on Friday and then a community wide kids fishing day on Saturday.  Last year, we were able to attend the Friday event because the kids were on Spring Break but this year since they are in school, we didn't want to pull them out, so we will be attending on Saturday along with a small group of boys and parents from our pack.

The Klineline group in association with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and the GoPlay Outside Alliance of Washington (GOPAW) were really accommodating to allow our Cub Scout Pack 2 the opportunity to attend as a group on Saturday afternoon as well as to be able to work with volunteers who will be sensitive to the needs of our kiddos.  Some of our pack will be able to make it on Friday but we are so grateful that they are willing to take our group on Saturday as well. Although not all of the kiddos will be keen on touching the fish, there will be people on hand to help with baiting, reeling in and scaling. 

All of the kids get a free fishing pole and t-shirt and the opportunity to catch and bring home two fish. What an awesome value and a neat way to get kids outdoors! (Hope the weather holds up!) This really is one of those neat experiences that our family never experienced when we lived in California but we're glad to be making a tradition here!  

If you happen to be out there on Saturday afternoon around 3 p.m. and are interested in Sensory Friendly Cub Scouting, our pack will be out there in our purple Cub Scout Pack 2 shirts.  Feel free to say hi!

Until next time!

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