Cabela’s Offers Free Fishing for Ohio Valley Boy Scouts | News, Sports, Jobs
Cabela’s hopes to cast a line and bring kids back to fishing and the great outdoors by providing them with a free rod and reel.
Members of the Ohio River Valley Boy Scout Council selected and received the free fishing gear on Thursday outside the Highland store. The donations were part of the store’s Gone Fishing program to get kids and families out.
About 150 fishing rods and up to 300 reels were donated this year by attendees of Cabela’s annual Spring Fishing Classic, explained Marty Medovic, general sales manager at Cabela’s. Medovic is also the District President of the OVRC.
“Children are huge for us” Medovic said of Cabela. “If you can get them out when they’re kids, they’ll stay out.”
Cabela’s has donated rods and reels for the past five years, with the store choosing a different youth organization as the recipient.
The OVRC has started an angling program through which Scouts can earn fishing merit badges, he said.
Fishing has also always been offered by Boy Scouts during summer day camps, according to Medovic.
Cabela’s will promote its “Gone fishing” over the next two weekends leading up to Father’s Day. Events are scheduled throughout the day at Cabela for the weekend of June 12-13 and June 19-20.
Swimming pool “pond” has been installed outside the store’s main entrance, and it will be stocked with bluegill and hybrid bass to create a fishing opportunity for young people and their fathers, Medovic said.
Children of all ages are invited to come catch their first fish in the free release ponds. Young people catching their first fish will receive a certificate attesting to their success.
They will receive beginner fishing guides, and can participate in free seminars, free crafts, and free photo downloads.
A BB shooting range will also be set up outside the store, according to Medovic.