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Walter Burns Memorial Fishing Day

IMG_5161We get invited to participate in many events, but unfortunately due to time commitments (and this thing called “school”) we have to limit the number we can attend. This past Friday, Kid In Outdoors was invited to join the 41st Annual Walter Burns Memorial Fishing Day in Greenland, NH and after learning more about the organization, there was no way we were going to miss this incredibly special event.

Approximately 150 children with special needs were invited to a private pond for an amazing day of games and fishing. My mom and I got there around 8:30 am and helped set up some of the stations, but basically waited for the fun to begin. It was a chilly morning and I wore shorts – maybe a mistake! I waited for the sun to warm things up.

IMG_5162Buses started arriving around 9 am and kids of all ages and with many different needs and disabilities began chatting with us. We started the day at the casting contest station, and a boy name Dillon stepped up to try his luck. Wow, did he let the plug sail! He had the team searching the field for where it landed and I think he ended up in the 120′ range. Impressive! Andrew did well and was very accurate after practicing off to the side for awhile – his cast was straight as an arrow. Chris was just funny – talking to us and showing enthusiasm all around. There was a steady stream of kids wanting to try their luck at casting the furthest!

Then the bell rang to officially kick off fishing. The pond had recently been stocked with fish – trout, I believe – and everyone wanted to wet a line and get a lunker! Hundreds of people lined the bank of the pond: volunteers, teachers, and participants. It was a beautiful day and the kids were having a blast.

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But it wasn’t catching a fish or winning a contest that made these kids – and this event – special for me. It was their pure joy. This truly was an amazing day for them. I see so many kids who complain that they can’t use their phones or they’d rather be doing something else on our nature field trips – not these kids! They threw themselves into it 110%.

32955526_1259071524222734_7967373236994310144_oMany kids have come for years and look forward to the day. I overheard a girl about my age say, “This is the best day of the year!” The volunteers told a story of how a participant slipped on the banking last year and fell into the water, and when they pulled her out she was laughing and giggling and having the time of her life.

So it doesn’t matter if you are developmentally disabled, in a wheelchair, if you have physical challenges or if you need special assistance – what the Walter Burns Memorial Fishing Day showed me is how appreciative and fun and joyful this amazing group of kids is and I can’t wait to spend more time with them in the future. They enjoy the outdoors – like me!

SummerGrace Photography was onsite and took some great photos (many of the ones of this page – thanks for sharing!!!)  – an album is online here.

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Bass Pro Shops: Learning Something New

This weekend, we visited one of my favorite places (well, besides on the water.) Bass Pro Shops. They recently opened one near my home and because it is right next door to Walmart, well, we are there a lot. Like, almost daily.

For the past few weeks, they’ve had this event for kids going on. I haven’t stayed in the store long enough to check it out…until this past trip when Dad was looking at some new reels and Mom was with us, so I asked if I could go.

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A quick sign of the waiver and we were off – safety first! The sign directed us outside and the activities seemed geared towards kids 12 and under, although I would say 10 and under would be better.

The first activity I wanted to try was pellet (BB) shooting. I’ve never tried it! The instructor Cory was great. He handed me a pair of safety glasses and went over how to use the safety on the riffle before I could even touch anything. Once I had that down, I had to use my muscles! OK…ready, aim, fire! (I missed, all three shots, but that’s OK!)

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(Mom and Dad say I have to work on my position…)

Next it was off to archery! Again, safety first. I received a lesson on proper handling of the bow and arrow, but I have shot before so it was quicker this time. Now, ready…aim…

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Awesome!

The last thing was a casting activity. I think I have this one down! LOL They had a kid’s rod and reel with a rubber weight and then three GINORMOUS bass set up on the ground with buckets for mouths. It was fun!

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What? No baitcasters?

I think I’ll stick to REAL fishing though.

At the end, Pam gave me a cute wooden fish as a parting gift – I can color it and I told her I was going to try and rig it for bait. I wonder if it’ll work? Hmmmm…

Thank you to the wonderful folks at Bass Pro Shops in Hooksett, NH for the amazing kids Summer Camp program. Because of you, future sportspeople from all over New England got to experience how wonderful the great outdoors is and I hope you can continue the programs!

~ Casting Carter

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