Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association September 2006 Newsletter)


The JCAA Youth Education Committee and members of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 12, will present a crabbing seminar for veterans and their families at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 12, 2006, VFW Post 8867, 373 Adamston Road, Brick, NJ.  A crabbing day is also scheduled on Saturday, September 16, 2006 at the new Mantoloking Bridge recreation area and Brick Beach Bayside.  The program is open to Veterans from all services and their families.  To register please phone Sue at: 732-364-0040.  It will be fun for the entire family. Remember to register and visit the VFW Post 8867 on Tuesday, September 12, to learn about the FREE Crabbing Photo Contest and how to catch BIG Jersey Blue Claw Crabs.  Win prizes and learn everything you need to know to enjoy this favorite summer pastime.


The JCAA Youth Education Committee and the Vietnam Veterans of America (Chapter 12), and volunteers from the Army Community Service Center continue to provide fishing instruction for over 125 children that attend the Fort Monmouth School Age Services Summer Camp.  The fishing clinics are held at Husky Brook Pond on Monday during July and August.  The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife conducted a warm-water species identification demonstration for 125 children and their families at Husky Brook Pond.  We would like to thank Jim Oross, Fisheries Specialist for providing the “Hand-On” fish program on June 28, 2006.


The JCAA Youth Education Committee is helping novice anglers at the Governor's 15th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament, Sunday, October 1, 2006.  This will require extra volunteer hours from member clubs in JCAA.  If members in your fishing club would like to help others learn the joy of surf fishing, please phone 732-785-9278 or e-mail gkucharews@aol.com   and place IBSP in the subject line.  Help is needed to provide assistance for disabled anglers, youth anglers, and novice anglers.  This is a fun day.  Come out and share your surf fishing expertise and help cast a line of caring.


The Jersey Coast Anglers Association’s Youth Education Chairman traveled to the University of Toledo to support their National Youth Sports Program NYSP, and Youth Fishing Program.  Over 280 children participated in the University of Toledo’s National Youth Sports Program and celebrated another successful summer recreation program.  The Ohio Division of Fish and Game supported the program and supply loaner fishing equipment for the NYSP "Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs" portion of the program.  The JCAA Youth Education Committee helped organize the land skills theory classes on campus and suggested campers form local fishing groups in their neighborhood.  The Merickel-Farley Trout Club donated funds to purchase prizes for campers and their club members volunteered at Olander Park for the hands-on fishing program.  Many campers caught their first fish and now have the fishing bug. 


Each year, our annual Wildlife Heritage Festival draws in thousands of people.  This great family event includes a fishing, hunting and outdoor equipment flea market, wildlife artists and taxidermists, conservation groups, Division displays, fishing for kids, shotgun and archery ranges and much more, but we need your help making it even better.  We are currently looking for flea market vendors who have fishing, hunting and any other outdoor equipment or services for sale.  Whether it's old, new, slightly used, we want you here.  If you are interested in attending this event as a vendor, please contact Jessica Griglak at 908-637-4125 or by e-mail at Jessica.Griglak@dep.state.nj.us .


If you would like to help with our youth education efforts and offer some of your time to teach children the joy of fishing, please phone 732-785-9278 or e-mail Gkucharews@aol.com.


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