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Cabela’s Gives Gift of Free Fishing To Ohio Valley Scouts

Photo by Joselyn King Jacob Murphy, a member of Boy Scouts Troop 6 in Wheeling, shows off a free new fishing rod and reel he received from Cabela’s at The Highlands. Cabela’s selected the Ohio River Valley Council of the Boy Scouts to be the recipients of rods and reels donated by customers participating in its Spring Fishing Classic this year.

Cabela’s hopes to cast a line and reel in youths to fishing and the outdoors by giving them a free rod and reel.

Members of the Ohio River Valley Council of the Boy Scouts selected and received the free fishing tackle Thursday outside the store at The Highlands. The donations were part of the store’s Gone Fishing program geared at getting kids/families outside.

About 150 fishing rods and as many as 300 reels were donated this year by those participating in Cabela’s annual Spring Fishing Classic, explained Marty Medovic, hardlines general sales manager at Cabela’s. Medovic also serves as district chairperson for the OVRC.

“Kids are huge for us,” Medovic said of Cabela’s. “If you can start them outside as kids, they will stay outside.”

Cabela’s has done the donations of rods and reels each of the last five years, with the store picking a different youth organization as the recipient.

The OVRC has started an angler program through which scouts can earn fishing merit badges, he said.

Fishing also has always been offered by the scouts during summer day camps, according to Medovic.

Cabela’s will be promoting its “Gone Fishing” over the next two weekends leading up to Father’s Day. Events are scheduled throughout the day at Cabela’s for the weekend of June 12-13, and June 19-20.

A swimming pool “pond” has been set up outside the front entrance to the store, and it will be filled with bluegill and hybrid bass to create a fishing opportunity for the youths and their fathers, Medovic said.

Children of all ages are invited to come catch their first fish at the free catch-and-release ponds. Those youths catching their first fish will be given a certificate to note their achievement.

They will receive beginner’s fishing guides, and be able to participate in free seminars, free crafts and free photo downloads.

A BB gun range also will be set up outside the store, according to Medovic.

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