Troop 868 in Action
Annual Cub Scout Fishing Derby
(April 2008)

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An annual Fishing Derby with local Cub Scout Pack 848 has been a Troop 868 tradition for many years.  But now that Cub Scout Pack 868 has been started, the event was expanded to include scouts and parents from both packs.

The event was once again held on the Davis Family farm near Shelbyville.  The farm's two well-stocked ponds did not disappoint --- only one Cub Scout failed to catch a single fish and most boys (and adults) had multiple catches.  Fishing is always more fun when one catches fish!

The weather was sunny and dry, but a bit on the cool side, particularly with the breeze that seemed to blow constantly.  Rain had been predicted, but God blessed us with dry skies for all our planned activities.  Light rain began to fall as we were taking stuff down and packing up.

The troop awarded trophies for the Most Fish Caught and the Longest Fish Caught for each of the packs.  We also awarded trophies for the Most Accurate Cast and the Longest Cast in each unit.  The Boy Scouts prepared and fed everyone a traditional picnic lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, soft drinks, and cookies.  The menu seemed to hit the spot with everyone!

Though a few families drove separately for various reasons, most of the participants rode to and from the event aboard the troop's bus and enjoyed fellowship and conversation during the ride.  Everyone who came had a great time.

Scouts and parents were dispersed around the banks of both lakes within minutes after our arrival at the farm. Pack 868 Cub Scout Tre fishes with his father.  Boys spending time with their dads is what this day was all about.
Pack 848 Webelos Scout Preston fished with his father. Pack 868 Cub Scouts Hunter and Josh fished with Josh's dad.  Minnows didn't work, but some borrowed meal worms did!
Pack 868 Cub Scout Hunter looked every bit the expert in his fishing hat and shades ... and he caught a bunch of fish. Preston was the only scout that didn't catch a fish all day, but he still had a good time and won one of the casting contests.
The Cub Scouts didn't catch all the fish ... Josh's dad and Troop 868 Boy Scout Nick had the two largest catches of the day. Pack 848 Cub Scout Conor caught the first big fish of the day.
Troop 868 Cub Scout Hunter got some assistance from Pack 848 Cub Scout Gus and Gus' dad in landing a catch. Pack 868 Cub Scout Josh reels in another one.
Preston played with Hunter's little brother and Tre watched as  Gus made the long cast that won him a trophy. The casting contests made it possible for guys who weren't the best fishermen to still carry home some trophies.