After almost 10 years I regret that CBAF is winding down its operation and will ceased to exist in its current format affective August 1st, 2014. We have had an incredible ride. Many lives have been touched by this outreach to the credit of our faithful and gifted team and their dedication and to the blessings God has granted us. Every time I think about this ministry I see the faces of hundreds of kids who attended our kids bass camps over the last nine years and recall the stories from their parents on how their son, daughter, or grandchild was impacted. Also, every team tournament event was closed with a message from God's word and provided a consistent witness of the power of Jesus Christ to save and change lives. Thousands of toys have been given to the children of our service men in woman. My life has been changed because of what God has done in this ministry. I have advised the official board of my intention to resign as president.
However, I am also thrilled to let you know that this ministry will continue under different leadership through its association with Bayside Adventure Sports under the direction of Dick Gold. Dick has served as our Northern Division Director and has been faithful in every aspect of this ministry. I am completely confident in his leadership. Dick is forming a new leadership team and I encourage any who are interested to come along side and support what God will continue to do in the work. Bayside has a well established sports outreach department with a proven record of success.
For all of you who have stood with us over the years I thank God for you. You have all been a great blessing to me and have touched the lives of many. Everywhere I go I meet bass fisherman who have been impressed with the commitment and professionalism each you have brought to this ministry.
I pray God's continued hand upon the next phase of this work.
Your partner in Christ,
KIDS BASS CAMP - Lake McClure - Oct 5-6, 2013
What a great camp! Kids began to gather on Saturday morning greeted by the CBAF staff, tents were assigned and kids got to know their team mates. Lunch and the initial orientation followed. Several work shops were conducted by the CBAF crew, knot tying, pouring plastic worms, Chatter baits building,the lure tank with live bass, casting. The kids loved it as they inceased their knowledge of bass fishing in an hands-on environment. That evening there was s'mores and time around the camp fire.
Sunday morning the campers were up at 5:00 A.M. getting their gear ready for a day fishing with a pro. CBAF provided a rod and reel combo, plus a small tackle box stuffed with plastics and other lures. All the campers were excited as the remaining pros pulled their bass boats into camp, ready to be matched up with their "co-angler" for the day. The blast-off took place following a prayer and the National Anthem and off they went with high expectations.
About 11:30 A.M. they returned with many fish to show for their efforts. The pros did a great job of getting these kids on fish so they could feel the tug on the line that keeps us all coming back to this great sport. Photos were taken of the kids and their fish as they came to the weigh-in.
Back at camp kids, parents, staff and pros all gathered for lunch and a final goodbye.
We want to thank all those who helped make this a great weekend for the kids.
We are now making plans for our Kids Bass Camp at Collins Lake May 2,3, 2014. Stay tuned for details.
If you can help with a work shop or as a boater/pro for the Collins Lake camp please let us know.
We would love to hear from you. Please email or call Paul Baker at 209-852-0157 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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