• Joplin Backlashers Help Area Boy Scouts

    On Saturday, September 21st, members of the Joplin Backlashers Bass Club assisted with the "Hooked on Scouting" event which took place at Kellogg Lake, in Carthage, Missouri. Nearly a hundred scouts attended the event from various troops covering the counties of Jasper, Barry, Newton, Lawrence, and McDonald Counties.

    Newly recruited Cub Scouts and their families were in attendance. The boys ranged from six to nine years old. "It is important that the parents be involved as well," said Bryon Haverchik, the leader of the event. "Many of the parents will have limited fishing experience, and it is important that they understand the material because they will be the ones who take the Scouts fishing next time."

    Scouts were suppose to visit six different stations. These stations included: knot tying, safety, casting, tackle, bobber presentation, and how to handle and release a fish. Once the scouts completed the stations, they were to put into practice what they had learned and go fishing. At the conclusion of the morning, Scouts that had completed all of the requirements received their "fishing belt loop".

    "A good time was had by all", said Joplin Backlasher's Vice-President, Braden McBride. "It was great seeing the Scouts catch fish. That sight never gets old, and we enjoy sharing our knowledge and passion for the sport of fishing."

    Events such as this have been taking place all over the region in hopes to boost membership in the Boy Scouts. One lucky participant of these events will win the opportunity to spend a weekend with professional bass fisherman, Tom Redington, at his home in Lake Fork, Texas. Redington currently volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America in his son's troop.
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