The Thomas Behen Casting Camp was formed with the main goal of getting more kids involved with the sport of fishing and outdoor education programs. The camp assists with a municipality park and recreation department, school systems and similar civic organizations, and youth fishing organizations; such as, B.A.S.S. and The Bass Federation (TBF), while helping other charitable organizations in sponsoring events and functions which promote youth fishing.   

The Camp is designed to create and provide youth instructional opportunities in orienteering and fishing for all youth. The camp hosts approximately 20 - 30 children for a minimal fee or scholarship. The children are encouraged to be active, to give them a break from being indoors, and to support learning in a variety of environments. Similar to an indoor learning environment, the outdoor space is safe and organized with planned activities. Orienteering is the sport of navigation—often held in unfamiliar terrain—using a map and compass. 

The kids will learn to fish and fish care while receiving instruction by experienced anglers on angling techniques and environmental stewardship. The parents are encouraged to participate with their children and prior to each fishing session each group receives an on the water safety tutorial.   

  • Provide a meaningful and enjoyable fishing and outdoor opportunities to local youth 

  • Promote fishing and the outdoors as an alternative leisure activity 

  • Offer education elements such as angler ethics, fish identification, personal and water safety to local youth 

  • Develop skills that provide a lifelong hobby   

These activities teach young people the sport of orienteering and fishing, the ecology of the outdoors and the responsibility each person has in order to maintain our natural resources. 

Donations will be and have been used to provide these outdoor and fishing opportunities and gear towards urban and rural youth aged 9 - 15.

Additionally, the Thomas Behen Fund provides scholarships to High School students and to Maine Junior Anglers.