OCEANSIDE—Mataguay Boy Scout Ranch in inland San Diego County was the recipient of a generous gift from the Oceanside Senior Anglers on June 17. The Senior Anglers formed a fundraising non-profit foundation in 2019. A gift of 25 new rod and reel combinations were granted to the Mataguay Boy Scout Ranch in Warner Springs, located in the northeastern portion of San Diego County.
The rod and reel combos were granted through the club’s Anglers 4 Scouts program. Also assisting with the donation were Okuna Fishing and Coastal Conservation Association – California.
“We raise money through club raffles, corporate donations, and the generosity of our members,” program director Ken Harrison said.
The fundraising program actually dates back to 2013; back then, Harrison’s two children attended a scout camp at Mission Bay.
“The used gear they had were unacceptable for a kid’s fishing program,” Harrison recalled.
Oceanside Senior Anglers bought and donated 25 new saltwater rigs and promised to add new reels when needed.
Mataguay Boy Scout Ranch will use its new rod and reel combos to support its summer camp programs, where youth participants fish at the ranch’s pond. The pond is stocked with bass, bluegill and catfish.
“All the kids catch fish,” Henry Hall, the Boy Scout Council’s volunteer advisor to its fishing programs, said.
Boy Scout officials estimate up to 2,000 scouts will have access to the provided fishing gear during the summer camp program at Warner Springs.
Other fishing programs supported by the club are in Mission Bay (Boy Scout Camp Fiesta Island) and Julian (Girl Scout Camp Winacka).
Oceanside Senior Anglers is a fishing club for people aged 50 and older. Monthly meetings are held at 455 Country Club Lane, at 9:00 a.m., on the first Tuesday of each month.
Visit OSAnglers.org for more information.