The angling community always welcomes new ways to introduce kids to the joy of fishing and a promising program to reach teens has come to New Jersey. The non-profit national Teen Angler organization is starting several fishing clubs in New Jersey middle schools and high schools and hoping the program will take hold and expand in the near future.
Teen Angler clubs are organized by volunteer adults who provide a structured, long term program in fishing education, aquatic stewardship and what kids love most, fishing. A strong emphasis is placed on teaching safety, personal responsibility for our actions as anglers and becoming environmentally-conscious citizens. Teen angler members are required to maintain a minimum grade point average to remain active in the club.
Teens eventually compete for local and national honors through a point system based on completing education sessions and structured fishing tournaments. Each club has the option of conducting their own fishing tournaments or competing in tournaments with other Teen Angler chapters in the area or even nationally. The tournaments often rely heavily on participation and partnerships with local angler clubs.
More information on the Teen Angler organization can be obtained at www.teenanglers.org. Adults interested in becoming Teen Angler volunteers or fishing and boating clubs that would like to assist in providing fishing opportunities for the clubs should contact the organization president Captain Al Bernetti at 772-468-0824 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested individuals can also contact the following New Jersey Teen Angler chapters in their area.
MILLVILLE & CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, NEW JERSEY
WOODBRIDGE, NEW JERSEY
CLARK, NEW JERSEY
LOU VAN BERGEN
[Webmaster's Note: The SJBCA currently has no affiliation with the Teen Anglers organization. We are just passing this information along for the benefit of our members.]
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