It was a brisk morning at the recent Greenwich Scouting Fishing Derby, but Pack 23 Cub Scout Ethan Miklautsch was still able to bring in a 20-1/4″ trout, the largest catch of the day. Scouts, with their friends and siblings, brought their tackle and hooked nightcrawlers to catch a variety of fish in Hillegas Lake. The Greenwich Scouting Fishing Derby is an annual event that has been happening at Seton Scout Reservation since 1971, always with an early 6:00am start time! The derby is a catch and release event, so unless participants planned on eating what they caught, they returned their fish alive to the lake after it was measured.
Scouts and their families were fortunate that Billy Ingraham of the Sportsman’s Den provided nightcrawlers and additional fishing materials and that the Order of the Arrow cooked up an early pancake breakfast! Kia Heavey, a longtime Scouting volunteer, celebrated organizing the derby for the past 20 years. Trout Unlimited was present throughout the event, offering terrific fly fishing instruction.
In Scouting, fishing is a skill that boys can both enjoy and enhance, as Cub Scouts can earn a Fishing Belt Loop and Boy Scouts can earn a Fishing Merit Badge. While Scouts are learning how to catch fish for sport and food, the Fishing Derby allows them to have a fun experience in the outdoors as well.
Greenwich Scouting strives to provide exciting, quality programs such as the Fishing Derby, as well as to encourage Scouts to enjoy Ernest Thompson Seton Scout Reservation whenever possible.
Adventure, leadership, service and learning, especially in the outdoors, have remained essential to the Greenwich Scouting experience since its inception in 1912. Nearly 1,750 local youth participate in fun programs, such as the Fishing Derby, run by 250 dedicated volunteers, all of which help prepare local boys and girls for life.
With over 20 partnering organizations and Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing and Exploring opportunities in Greenwich, Connecticut, there’s never been a better time to join the Scouting community. For more information about local Scouting visit www.GreenwichScouting.org.