Cub Scouts support urban fishing at Close to Home program

Pack 65 Scouts from Harrah and others joined for a fishing clinic.
BY DANA GARCIA Published: July 13, 2013
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The Cubs closed the day with a trash pickup spearheaded by Scout parent Manoi Birdsong. With a lawn mower having chopped trash into tiny pieces, and recent storm debris littering the pond edge, the task was not easy. The Scouts drew inspiration from the Scout Law.

Noah Davis, 9, said “Trash pickup is usually about helpful, courteous, and cheerful, but today we had to be brave too.”

Norman North High School chemistry teacher Jeremy Walker said he could have benefitted from a Close To Home fishing pond when he was a youth.

“I only learned how to fish two years ago, from a buddy at Lake Eufaula.”

Walker said he wants to share the bond of fishing across generations.

“I bought Dad a rod and reel last Father's Day so I can do that with him and my boys.”

Walker came to the fishing clinic with his wife, Jenny, and their sons Craig, 13, and Courtland, 7. Also fishing were Walker's former chemistry student, Zac Christenberry, 18, now of Blanchard, and Travis Carpenter, 16, of Midwest City. Both are members of the North OKC Jr. Bassmasters Club, and were on hand to assist.

For more information on Scouting, go to www.BeAScout.org. To find a Close To Home facility near you, go to www.wildlifedepartment.com/fishing/close2home.htm.

Dana Garcia is a Scout volunteer.