Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association September 2011 Newsletter)



During June, July and early August the JCAA Youth Education Committee was busy supplying JCAA member clubs and organizations with a variety of fishing/crabbing equipment to promote marine sport fishing. Throughout the summer several organizations have borrowed fishing equipment and learning aids to teach youngsters about the joys of fishing and we supplied rods and reels to promote youth fishing in Monmouth County. The JCAA has also supplied drug awareness material from the Future Fisherman Foundation’s “Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs” program. Our on-hand quantity of drug awareness materials are now depleted and we are looking to replenish our supplies for upcoming outdoor sportsmen events and boat shows. If your fishing club or organization is planning a youth fishing event for the fall of 2011 or the beginning of the year 2012 and will need sport fishing promotional material, please phone 732-785-9275 to let us know the amount of items needed for your event. Keep in mind that we have a number of saltwater rods and reels available at Island Beach State Park. The rods and reels are to be used by member clubs and organizations that would like to host a saltwater fishing class.



Campers attending the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) at the University of Toledo enjoyed learning to fish at Olander Park. Approximately 150 children, ages 10 to 16, participated in a week-long fishing workshop that featured aquatic education classes, freshwater fishing, nature hikes, and classroom instruction that supported aquatic education and the Future Fisherman Foundation’s “Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs” (HOFNOD) programs. Volunteers from the Merickel-Farley Trout Club donated funds to purchase prizes and support material from HOFNOD’s program. The Merickel-Farley Trout Club, family members, and friends spent many hours at Olander Park teaching children casting and angling basics. We thank the Merickel-Farley Trout Club and friends for supporting this event and giving the gift of time to make the event a success. Neighborhood children were grouped together to create fishing buddies so youngsters could fish with each other for the remainder of the summer. We also provided a special presentation about outdoor job opportunities for teens seeking employment during the summer.



Due to Fort Monmouth closing, I am sad to report the youth summer fishing program that provided fishing fun for hundreds of children for sixteen years came to an end. Many youngsters caught their first at Huskey Brook Pond. We thank all the volunteers from the Army Community Service program, Vietnam Veterans Chapter 12, US Army Garrison Safety Office, Government employees, and Contractors for their time and caring to teach children about fishing. Several children that participated in the summer fishing program at a young age advanced to become mentors to support the program.



Calling All Volunteers! The 2nd annual New Jersey Wild Outdoor Expo slated for September 17 and 18, 2011 is rapidly approaching. The Expo hosts, DEP's Divisions of Fish and Wildlife and Parks and Forestry, the Green Acres Program, and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, are looking for volunteers excited by the thought of helping people connect to the natural world. The Expo is a free event that seeks to help people connect with the natural world by providing a unique blend of conservation information, education and hands-on opportunities to learn outdoor skills and activities. Visitors can learn about and try a wide array of activities including fishing, hiking, shooting sports, kayaking, rock climbing, camping skills, wildlife watching and much more. The Expo will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township, Ocean County. Volunteers are needed from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily to: Provide assistance to children fishing in the lake and kiddie tank, Assist with "WILD Crafts" activities, administer a participant survey to evaluate the event. If you would like to volunteer for this event, you must be at least 18 years of age. Please e-mail the following information to Michelle Smith at :Your Name, Your E-mail and Mailing Address, Date(s) you are available to volunteer, and, The activity(ies) you would like to volunteer for from the list above. Please indicate whether or not you are a Wildlife Conservation Corps (WCC) volunteer for the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife. If you are not a WCC volunteer an application will be e-mailed to you when your information is received. Questions should be directed to Michelle Smith us at For more information about the Wild Outdoor Expo, visit


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