Fishing’s Future is a 501-C3 corporation whose mission is to: reconnect Kids and Nature, strengthen
family relationships, build stewardship of the environment, and provide positive primary outdoor
experiences for children ages 6-16. Fishing’s Future uses KIDS FISH CAMPS© as a positive outdoor
experience to achieve these goals. All Fishing’s Future events are provided as a free service to the
public.
During a KIDS FISH CAMPS© children learn the basics of fishing and experience the excitement of
catching their first fish. Parents are strongly encouraged to participate with their child creating a bond
and memory that can be formed nowhere else. Each KIDS FISH CAMP© teaches: water safety
practices, fish identification, fish measurement, proper Catch & Release techniques, different types of
rods and reels, fishing knots, techniques for live bait, artificial and bobber and fly fishing, types of lures,
State Fishing Regulations, participates in a bank clean-up, is introduced to the “Leave-No-Trace”
philosophy, has a snack lunch, then goes fishing. First fish photos are taken of all Jr. Anglers with their
catch and their adult counterparts and every Jr. Angler is awarded Fishing’s Future Jr. Angler certificate
and a Captain’s bag full of goodies.
Fishing’s Future started in 2004 and became a 501-C3 in 2007. Fishing’s Future is more than a sport, it
is an organization tailored to return today’s society back to nature one child/family at a time. Funding
for Fishing’s Future is completely funded through private donations and corporate sponsorships.
Research clearly shows that children who spend time outdoors show significantly higher levels of
creativity, self-confidence, self-esteem and self-discipline. They perform at a higher level academically,
master science concepts faster, resolve conflicts better and are better problem-solvers. They experience
less stress, are more sociably adapt and are generally healthier than those who stay indoors.
Yet, the average child spends over 6 hours daily watching TV, playing video games or on a computer. It
is estimated that 1 in 3 children and adolescents are obese. Obesity is rising and so are the many other
health hazards associated. Children who are obese have lower self esteem, show significantly higher
occurrences of depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, increased risk of heart disease, breathing
problems and diabetes.