Record fish reeled in at Greenwich Scouting Fishing Derby

Rain and an early start time of 6 a.m. did not keep young Scouts from coming out for the annual Greenwich Scouting Fishing Derby. Scouts, with their friends and siblings reeled in fish all morning long for a great competition.

At Greenwich Scouting’s recent Fishing Derby, Cub Scout, Abraham Milgram of Pack 33, won 1st place for catching the longest fish, a 16-1/2" largemouth bass, from Hillegas Lake at Seton Scout Reservation.

Cub Scout, Abraham Milgram of Pack 33, won 1st place for catching the longest fish, a 16-1/2″ largemouth bass, from Hillegas Lake at Seton Scout Reservation.

Pack 33 Cub Scout, Abraham Milgram caught the largest fish of the day, a 16 ½” largemouth bass. Supported by the 9th District Veteran’s Association of Glenville, bass and trout are stocked each year for the annual event that has been happening at Seton Scout Reservation since 1971. The derby is a catch and release event, so unless participants planned on eating what they caught, they returned their fish alive to the lake after it was measured.

Billy Ingraham, of the Sportsman’s Den in Cos Cob, provided nightcrawlers, bobbers and fishing gear for the 100 + attendees this year. Kia Heavey, event chair and long-time volunteer, was kept busy measuring fish and updating the leader board stats, which included carp, sunny, perch, trout and bass. “A little rain and a lot of fun were the perfect ingredients to make this year’s fishing derby a huge success” said Ray Garrison, the Council’s new District Director. Participants ended the derby with a pancake breakfast offered by the Order of the Arrow.  

Pack 37 Bear Scout, Alex LaPadula shares his catch with future Lion Cub Greyson Lowthert

Pack 37 Bear Scout, Alex LaPadula shares his catch with future Lion Cub Greyson Lowthert

Fishing on Hillegas Lake is a favorite activity for the groups that visit Camp Seton. While Scouts are learning how to catch fish for sport and food, the Fishing Derby allows them to have a fun experience in the outdoors as well.

Pack 6 Webelos Scout, Juan David Lopez proudly shows off his first catch ever as fellow pack member Matias Vaquez looks on.

Pack 6 Webelos Scout, Juan David Lopez proudly shows off his first catch ever as fellow pack member Matias Vaquez looks on.

Adventure, leadership, service and learning, especially in the outdoors, have remained essential to the Greenwich Scouting experience since its inception in 1912. Nearly 1,750 local youth participate in fun programs, such as the Fishing Derby, run by 250 dedicated volunteers, all of which help prepare local boys and girls for life. With more than 20 partnering organizations and Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing and Exploring opportunities in Greenwich, there’s never been a better time to join the Scouting community.

For more information about local Scouting visit GreenwichScouting.org.

Pack 35 Bear Scout, Brett Sylvester with his dad Doug, enjoy a peaceful day of fishing on Hillegas Lake at Seton Scout Reservation.

Pack 35 Bear Scout, Brett Sylvester with his dad Doug, enjoy a peaceful day of fishing on Hillegas Lake at Seton Scout Reservation.

Kia Heavey, event chair, measures Wolf Scout, Jack Sepot’s 16 ¼” rainbow trout for 2nd Place.

Kia Heavey, event chair, measures Wolf Scout, Jack Sepot’s 16 ¼” rainbow trout for 2nd Place.

Billy Ingraham, owner of the Sportsman's Den in Cos Cob, was present at the Greenwich Scouting Fishing Derby again this year, providing night crawlers and other fishing materials to participants.

Billy Ingraham, owner of the Sportsman’s Den in Cos Cob, was present at the Greenwich Scouting Fishing Derby again this year, providing night crawlers and other fishing materials to participants.

New District Director, Ray Garrison attends his first Greenwich Scouting Fishing Derby with Tim Peck, Steve Slusarz and Michael Slusarz.

New District Director, Ray Garrison attends his first Greenwich Scouting Fishing Derby with Tim Peck, Steve Slusarz and Michael Slusarz.

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