Troop 868 in Action

CUB FISHING DERBY (April 2009)

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For many years Troop 868 has hosted an annual Fishing Derby for Cub Scouts from any of the local Packs.  As one might expect, the majority of the attendees this year were scouts from Pack 868, but we also had scouts from Pack 20, Pack 686, and Pack 848 participate.

The event was held at a privately-owned lake in Brooks, Kentucky only a few miles from Shepherdsville.  The lake was well-stocked and the skies were sunny and clear.  Nearly everyone who attended caught at least one fish.  More fish would likely have been caught had it not been for the gusty wind.

Boy Scouts from Troop 868 ran the entire event.  They tracked the size and number of fish caught during the competition period, they cooked and served lunch, and they ran the casting contests during the afternoon.  The troop provided trophies for all the winners of the various competitions.

Cub Scouts and their fathers quickly spread out around the lake in an effort to find where the fish were biting. Steve Frank and Kenneth in a classic father-son postcard pose.  Does this remind anyone else of Andy and Obey?
Troop 868 Committee Chairman Sam Borquez proves that there are some bigger fish in the lake. Travis and Dawson had better luck catching water turtles.
The Boy Scouts set up a dining fly and cooking operation in a field on the far side of the lake. Cobra Patrol Leader Gabe was head chef and did a good job grilling burgers and hot dogs to feed around 60 people.
Scouts gathered around for a couple of casting contests on dry land using a weighted plug on the end of the line. Pack 848 Cubmaster Billy Thompson helps Cub Scout Cameron from Pack 868 learn to cast.
Troop 868 Boy Scouts Connor and Spencer stood ready with a yard stick and clipboard, respectively, to measure and record how close each Cub Scout came to hitting the target (the bucket to Spencer's right).
What lake would be complete without a few geese or ducks?  The troop anticipated the Cubs would want to feed the water foul and purchased several loaves of bread for that purpose.