GUILFORD TWP. — When it was time for members of Cub Scout Pack 3402 of Wadsworth to earn a certification for fishing, assistant den leader Ryan Fairbanks had an idea.
Why not reach out for some wisdom from people in the know?
That led to a variety of Medina County Park District volunteers giving their time and sharing their equipment with more than 20 members of the pack — known as “The Bear Den” — on a Thursday night at Buffalo Creek Retreat.
Park district volunteer leader Ken Strauss was joined by Gordy Billman, Joe Denardi, Dave Pero, Donna Leech and John Kaminski for the event that lasted more than two hours.
The clinic not only educated pack members about equipment and how to use it, but also taught them environmental lessons. All the fish were caught and released back into the water.
After a brief talk and some equipment show-and-tell, the group put worms on their lines. Then the lines went into the water with some careful spin casting.
Once the group heard that someone had caught a fish, Fairbanks said with a smile: “We’re in the win column. That’s all we need.”
He attended with his son, Drake, age 8.
Den leader, Kip Shipley, also attended with his son, Nathan, 9.
Jordan Russell, 9, landed a channel catfish that the veteran anglers estimated to be 18 inches and 2 1/2 to 3 pounds.
The volunteers held the big catfish briefly so the Cub Scouts could get an up-close look.
Leech said the program was a success.
“It’s the smiles that make it fun,” she said.
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