Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association October 2002 Newsletter)


Dr. Eleanor Bochenek assisted Dr. Roger Locandro, Professor Emeritus, with

Becoming an Outdoor Woman's program entitled "Preparing and Cooking

Seafood” on September 7 at the Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor.  A total of

16 women attended the workshop and learned how to clean and prepare fish

and shellfish and then cook the fish and shellfish.


Children attending the summer School Age Services program at Fort Monmouth enjoyed fishing at Husky Brook Pond.  One hundred eighty-seven children participated in a summer-long fishing workshop that featured cane pole fishing and aquatic education that supported Water Works Wonders (WWW) and the Future Fisherman Foundation’s “Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs” (HOFNOD) programs. 

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife supplied a warm water species identification program and stocked Husky Brook Pond with many hungry fish. Two youth volunteers from the Army Community Service donated their time to teach summer campers about making a casting can, casting, aquatic education, and fishing basics.  Seventy to eighty children caught their first fish and received certificates.  The JCAA Youth Education Committee provided the Water Works Wonders and HOFNOD support materials. 

A small group of children also helped experiment with the new Fishing 1 Passport exercise that was pilot tested for presentation timing and environmental learning.  I would like to personally thank Brian Evans and Tommy McGarry, former School Age Services students, for volunteering their time this summer to teach younger children about healthy outdoor activities.  I could not have completed the fishing program without them.



The Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament will be held Sunday, October 6, 2002 at Island Beach State Park, New Jersey.  Don’t miss it! This family fun event is the largest surf-fishing tournament along the East Coast.  The J.C.A.A. Youth Education Committee will coordinate fishing and aquatic education programs for children and their families during the surf-fishing tournament and before the awards presentation.  Featured programs will include: “Fish Printing” by The Shore Surf Club, “Catch the Orange Ruffy Fish” by the J.C.A.A. Youth Education Committee, “Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs”,  “Water Works Wonders” program information by JCAA, “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” by the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, along with a variety of informational booths that support the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament. Special arrangements are made for handicapped anglers.  Balloon tire equipped beach wheelchairs are available for anglers with disabilities.  Volunteers will be on hand to assist any anglers with special needs who want to fish on tournament day.  For further information and/or to make arrangements for a handicapped angler, please contact Greg Kucharewski at 732-840-9197.


The Jersey Coast Anglers Association's Youth Education Committee will  feature special youth education seminars at upcoming sportsmen shows.  Participating merchants at the hunting and fishing expositions will offer promotions at their booths for children attending the Jersey Coast Anglers Association's Youth Fishing Seminars. Parents are also welcome to attend.