PITTSGROVE TOWNSHIP, NJ - Seven scouts, six dads, and leaders from Clark Boy Scout Troop 145 made a trip to Parvin State Park for a weekend recently.  The scouts spent the weekend working toward a merit badge in fishing. 

The weekend activities included non-stop fishing, a fishing derby and camping.  During the three-hour fishing derby on Saturday, Scout Nick Merola caught a small sunny fish as the first catch of the day.  Scout Jack Costello caught a total of 8 fish, the most fish reeled in by a single boy that day.  Scout Colin Pitta caught the biggest fish of the day, a 7 7/8 inch bass.  Scout Xander Cistaro caught the smallest fish, a 4 inch sunny.  Alexander Mirek caught the last fish of the day.  Each derby winner received a gift card.

Assisting the troops newest scouts during the fishing expeditions were older Scouts, Kevin Quain and Sean Mirek, Jr.  These boys helped the younger Scouts rig their lines, bait their hooks and find fish.  According to leaders it was hard to get the kids away from the lake as they continued to fish long after the derby was completed. 

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All fishing was catch and release since none of the fish caught during the day were big enough to keep.  Leaders said, this meant the scouts couldn’t fulfill one final requirement for their merit badge, which is to clean, gut, cook and taste a fish they caught.   The scouts will need to try again on another trip to complete the badge.

Troop leaders said, Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, a non-profit organization with a mission to unite the Union community through conservation to preserve North America’s outdoor heritage, donated Shakespeare fishing poles and drawstring bags full of gear including turkey calls, deer calls and other outdoor accessories to the trip.  

Scoutmaster Ted Mckeown, Scout Leaders Ed Merola and Sean Mirek, Sr. as well as volunteer dads Marty Costello John Cistaro and Tim Pitta were on hand to help the scouts build a memorable weekend.

According to leaders, Boy Scout Troop 145 is an active Troop of young men who dedicate themselves to the values of Scouting while learning and having fun in a safe environment.  Scouting teaches leadership, citizenship and volunteerism, as well as appreciation for the outdoors.  Most of the Scouts in Troop 145 achieve the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. To learn more about Troop 145 or to sign up, please contact bsatroop145clarknj@gmail.com.