Ft Belvoir 2012 Events


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Dates: 17 Jun, 08 Jul, 22 Jul, 05 Aug, 19 Aug, 09 Sep, 23 Sep, 21 Oct

Objective: To create a stress free, healing environment that allows our Wounded Heroes to regain their confidence through connecting with nature. Everyone involved is able to be themselves, laugh, listen and relax while having fun!

Location: The event will begin at the Ft Belvoir Marina and launching as close to 9:00 a.m. as possible and returning to the Ft Belvoir Marina by 3:00 p.m. Volunteer Boaters are requested to be launched and ready to go by 8:45 a.m. If you don’t want to launch at the Ft Belvoir Marina, please launch wherever you are comfortable and meet us at the Ft Belvoir Marina to pick up your Wounded Hero (Co-Angler) by 8:45 a.m.

Driving directions to Ft Belvoir. Please note if you don’t have a Department of Defense identification a valid drivers license will get you in the Tulley Gate from 5 a.m. – 9 p.m. No identification is required to pull your boat up to the Ft Belvoir Marina.

Event: This is a day to have fun fishing (any species will do!) while remembering the safety and well-being of our Wounded Heroes must be given highest priority.

For comradery we will have a fishing plan where boats can fish within sight of each other (if a Volunteer Boater and Co-Angler(s) want to go find that secret fishing spot – please do.) The boats that decide to fish together will follow a format something like starting at the piers just outside the Ft Belvoir Marina from 0900 to 1100. Then all boats move to the grass beds in Pohick from 1100 to 1300, etc. The actual fishing locations and times will be made based on tides, weather and boat traffic. All inputs by the Volunteer Boaters prior to the event, prior to launching, and during the event will be taken into consideration.

Pairing of Volunteer Boaters and Co-Anglers will be determined the morning of the event and is dependent on the number of Wounded Heroes and Volunteer Boaters arriving at Ft Belvoir Marina. If there are more Co-Anglers than there are volunteer boaters we will either have two Co-Anglers per boat or fish a rotation methodology. The rotation methodology will be half day fishing from boats and half day fishing from the shore for each Wounded Hero. Boats will fish the entire day 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

What should the Volunteer Boater bring?:

  • The obvious – Fishing Boat with Trolling motor
  • Working live well if Co-Angler wants to weigh catch at the Marina
  • Extra fishing equipment and tackle (Each Co-Angler will be given a pole with some tackle. This is an opportunity for you to show your Co-Angler(s) what works)
  • Cooler (for Co-Angler(s) lunch)
  • Extra drinking water
  • Working cell phone
  • Camera to capture those special moments (not all Co-Anglers will want their picture taken so please ask first)

Rules:

  • Ensure you and your Co-Angler has Fun!
  • No drinking of alcoholic beverages or use of illegal drugs is permitted before or during event hours.
  • If needed, use typical tournament rules as guidelines.  Sample tournament rules attached.
  • Wounded Heroes have a right to privacy about their medical information. Don’t ask what their disabilities are; if they want to tell you, listen. Sometimes it is very apparent, but most often you just have to be sensitive, flexible and adapt to their needs and limitations.