ALEXANDRIA, VA (June 18, 2009) – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced the re-launch of its Passport to Fishing & Boating Program that includes a new look and updated content. The program, which provides skills, techniques and information that instructors need to teach boating and fishing, is now available for free on RBFF.org.
“Attracting newcomers, especially young people, is a cornerstone of our mission,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “We’re pleased to provide an updated version of the Passport Program, which has proven to be a successful, engaging youth education tool."
The Passport to Fishing & Boating Program includes six different “hands-on” stations with activities focused on fishing, boating and conservation. The program’s easy-to-use design equips instructors with all they need to give students the chance to be actively involved in the stations, which include:
“Boating and fishing help kids and their families lead a healthy outdoor lifestyle and the Passport Program is a great first step for getting involved,” said RBFF Board Member and Boy Scouts of America Community Alliances Team Director Charles Holmes. “Everyone should have an opportunity to experience the outdoors and this practical education tool makes it easy with activities for kids who have mixed skill and education levels.”
Originally introduced in 2002, the Passport to Fishing & Boating Program is just one of RBFF’s boating and fishing education resources. The Take Me Fishing™ Event Planning Kit is a step-by-step guide for communities to plan, promote and host successful boating, fishing and conservation events. Additionally, RBFF’s National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative offers education grants to youth-focused boating, fishing and conservation organizations annually.
RBFF is a nonprofit organization established in 1998 to increase participation in recreational angling and boating. RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishing™ campaign and Anglers’ Legacy™.
Contact: Stephanie West, (703) 778-5156