Okanagan Boys & Girls Club excited about inaugural ice fishing derby next weekend

By on February 24, 2016
Tyler Algar (left) from Summerland takes a photo of friend Riley Hanratty’s perch that he caught during a morning of ice fishing on Yellow Lake recently. Next weekend, the Osoyoos Boys & Girls Club is sponsoring its inaugural Kids Gone Wild Ice Fishing Derby. A total of 25 kids from across the South Okanagan, including several from Osoyoos, will travel to Lambly Lake northwest of Kelowna, to spend a day ice fishing and enjoying a pleasant outdoor experience. (Lyonel Doherty photo)

Tyler Algar (left) from Summerland takes a photo of friend Riley Hanratty’s perch that he caught during a morning of ice fishing on Yellow Lake recently. Next weekend, the Osoyoos Boys & Girls Club is sponsoring its inaugural Kids Gone Wild Ice Fishing Derby. A total of 25 kids from across the South Okanagan, including several from Osoyoos, will travel to Lambly Lake northwest of Kelowna, to spend a day ice fishing and enjoying a pleasant outdoor experience. (Lyonel Doherty photo)

Because we enjoy the best weather in Canada, ice fishing isn’t something most citizens of the South Okanagan get to enjoy during the winter.

But next weekend, two dozen children from across the South Okanagan – including several from Osoyoos – are going to have the rare opportunity to experience the thrill of trying to catch fish under the ice.

The inaugural Kids Gone Wild Ice Fishing Derby will involve 25 children from across the South Okanagan, including a handful from Osoyoos.

“It’s going to be a nice, unique experience for the kids because I don’t believe any of them have ever gone ice fishing before,” said Jennifer Anderson, area director for the South Okanagan with the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club, which is organizing the ice fishing derby.

“This will be a great opportunity to do something outdoors and get involved in an activity they have never tried before.”

The event will take place on Sunday, March 6 at Lambly Lake, located 36 miles northwest of the City of Kelowna.

The idea for the ice fishing expedition came from Roland Joachim, a longtime member of Similkameen Wild Resort Winery and Adventure Centre, a non-profit organization that promotes and organizes outdoor adventure excursions, said Anderson.

The idea to hold an ice fishing adventure began back in January when Joachim approached the club to see if their members might be interested, said Anderson.

“Things just took off from there,” she said. “We started asking the kids who were members with our club if they might be interested and we got tremendous response.”

There’s not a lot of winter outdoor activities offered across the South Okanagan in large part because of the mild weather most people enjoy, said Anderson.

The ice fishing derby was originally going to take place at Yellow Lake, located north of Penticton, but it was switched to Lambly Lake early this week.

“We’ve had some real mild weather the past couple of weeks and most of the ice if off Yellow Lake and we obviously had to find another place due to safety concerns,” said Anderson. “The lake we will be using still has all kinds of thick ice on it, so we’ve made the switch.”

The Okanagan Boys and Girls Club has members and programming for children in 37 communities spread across the Okanagan Valley from Osoyoos all the way to Falkland and Armstrong, said Anderson.

In Osoyoos, the organization has been running a drop-in youth program called Club 10-16 at the Sonora Community Centre for several years, said Anderson.

“We have our own room on the second floor of the Sonora Centre and kids are welcome to drop in after school,” she said. “We have billiards tables and foosball tables … it’s a place where kids can gather and be themselves and feel safe and secure instead of being out on the streets and perhaps experimenting with things they shouldn’t be.’

The club offers a Friday night drop-in program for youth in Oliver at the Oliver Cadets hangar, she said.

“We offer different programming for children throughout the South Okanagan,” she said. “The youth programs are different in each community, but the whole idea is to provide space and programs directed at youth and give them a place where they know they can gather and feel safe and secure.’

If there’s great response, Anderson believes offering ice fishing adventures to boys and girls across the Okanagan will become a regular event.

Gary Saran, the youth recreation program co-ordinator for the boys and girls clubs in Osoyoos and Oliver, will make sure all of the participants have a wonderful day out on the ice, said Anderson.

For more information about the Osoyoos and Oliver youth programs, you can contact Saran at gsaran@boysandgirlsclub.ca.

KEITH LACEY

Osoyoos Times

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