10 TIPS FOR STARTING YOUR OWN KIDS CLUB
- 1. Start out small, 6 to 8 kids. Gather some friends from school or the neighborhood.
- 2. Find an adult(s) that will help guide the group and help arrange transportation if needed.
- 3. Pick a name for your new club! Design a logo!
- 4. Arrange to meet once a month. Elect officers - we suggest 3 officers. President, Secretary, Tournament Director
- 5. Make up some general rules for the club. We have made some suggested rules. CLICK HERE
- 6. You will need some tournament rules, too CLICK HERE
- 7. If there are any Local adult clubs, ask if they can send someone to your meetings to talk about a subject of your choice
- 8. YOU DON'T NEED BOATS! Tournaments can be held at local ponds or lakes where you
are allowed fishing from the bank
- 9. Check with your local parks department about lake, pond or park clean up You should have at least 3 COMMUNITY PROJECTS EACH YEAR.
- 10. Organize a Fund Raiser - A Derby for the town's kids, Make-A-Wish Kids,
or any other community group that could benefit from your clubs support.
HERE IS SOME ADVISE FOR THE PARENTS!
Tips for the adults when taking their kids fishing.
- 1. Keep the trip short- you don't want the kids to loose interest. Remember, they
can become impatience fast!
- 2. Let them use "live " bait, or maybe dough balls, cheese or bread if you are
fishing for small pan fish.
- 3. Keep the "KISS" system in mind (you know what that means!)
- 4. Be patient with your kids - don't yell at them!
- 5. Talk about catch n' release and conservation
- 6. If the kids are old enough, teach them how to tie knots, rig a bobber and so on.
- 7. Let the kids do the fishing!
- 8. Start the kids off at a local pond, they will be more likely to catch something
there. Or you can play "pretend fishing" at your home in the yard before you go. That way you can teach then how to cast, and some basic rules for safety while
fishing. (like, look behind before you first, before you cast! ouch!) Make up some targets or buckets for them to aim at.
- 9. Take plenty of pictures!
- 10. Make them a "My First Fish" Certificate on your home computer, include the
photo (if you can), place, date, kind of fish, weight. Let them take it to school for "show n' tell"