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Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs (R) Gloucester Township, NJ
Tournament pre registration has ended. You may register onsite beginning at 7am tomorrow Saturday June 10.
How Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs got started &
OUR DEDICATION TO GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP
In 1986 a 14 year old boy named Matthew Deakins wrote the following letter to the Future Fisherman Foundation. " Fishing has kept me off drugs. It gives me the time and the place to think things out, and fishing is fun. I think if more kids my age learned how to fish, it would keep them off drugs too."
The F.F.F. (which is a non profit organization that promotes fishing education and participation, and protection of aquatic resources) saw an opportunity to work with the nations youth to stamp out drug use, teach the benefits of fishing, and install stewardship of aquatic resources. H.O.F.N.O.D. Has spread nation wide and influenced thousands of local communities, and millions of youth and families to fight drug use. Why do youth begin using drugs? There is no single reason. Younger children say curiosity and peer pressure are primary factors. Older children have more physiological motivations such as feelings of hopelessness, low self esteem, an escape from boredom or overwhelming stress, curiosity, attention, and acceptance by parents, siblings, and peers.
Our children face an unprecedented threat through drugs. New drugs are available that are significantly more powerful then those ten to fifteen years ago. Alcohol use continues at high levels among middle school and high school students. In some communities, crack cocaine or heroin has drawn children into a deadly world of drug dealing and drug use. Drugs are affecting all segments of society. But it doesn't stop there.
Children grow up today surrounded by stress, uncertainty, and confusing changes. Parents find all to often that their own lives are filled with turmoil. The support and time needed for the family often is not there. Self esteem... values... positive role models... responsibility. These are some of the most important elements in life that we want our children to experience. Yet these necessities of character are often overlooked in life's hectic pace. Todays youth are at a severe disadvantage.
It is impossible for educators to solve students drug problems alone. According to the Nation Commission on Drug Free Schools, Drug prevention efforts are most effective when they extend beyond the school day and involve a variety of people from the community. Making schools and communities drug free is a shared responsibility that requires effort from every segment of society. While " Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs" cannot guarantee that children will become drug free or remain that way, the program offers youth positive choices for living and options to overcome problems.
These are two of the most effective measures to keep children away from drugs. "Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs also emphasizes generally accepted values... such as setting goals, helping friends, and exercising self discipline. Fishing activities are geared to teach children these caring and productive values.
" Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs" Gloucester Township or "HOFNODGT for short" is an extended part of "HOFNOD". We are all volunteers who are doing this for the kids. We will dedicate our time even if only one child signs up for our class. If we can help one child, then we have made a difference.
Our curriculum is attentively set up as a 28 week class starting in March, with field trips scheduled on the weekend.
Classes are 1-1/2 (90 minutes) hours on Wednesday night from 7-8:30PM.
Parents / Guardians are encouraged to attend.