Kokomo has been home to one of the most unique outdoor-oriented youth programs offered anywhere in the United States. This special event is made possible only through partnerships involving government entities, national corporations, area businesses and hundreds of caring volunteers.
If you hold a rock, you are touching the past. If you hold a flower, you are touching the present. If you hold a child, you are touching the future and that’s exactly what the program is about. To date, that has happened more than 3,800 times.
This summer will be no exception as 130 kids and their parents will be afforded the opportunity to take part in the 29th annual Jim “Moose” Carden Kokomo Kids Fishing Clinic. The popular program is sponsored by the City of Kokomo Parks and Recreation Department, Kokomo Tribune, Booster Club of Kokomo, Coca-Cola Bottling, Zebco and First Farmers Bank and Trust.
Registrations begin tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. for the first 130 kids between the ages of 6 to 15. The accompanying registration form must be completed and signed by legal parent or guardian, then delivered to the Parks office, located at 1402 W. Defenbaugh in Highland Park. The fee has been set at $20 per student. Additional registration forms will be available for those wishing to enroll more than one child.
If you are unsuccessful in registering a child, as the clinic normally fills to capacity during the first day of registrations, you can still take part as all class sessions are open to the public.
Clinic volunteers and instructors believe the “F” in fishing stands for “Family,” therefore family members are encouraged to attend these informative classes with their children. Through the years, adults have enjoyed the program as much as the students.
This year’s classes will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on July 16, 17, 19, 24 and 26. All class sessions and presentations will take place at Kokomo High School located at 2501 S. Berkley Rd. Students will receive expert instruction while at the same time learning a lifetime of fishing techniques from our area’s finest anglers.