An evening of fishing was planned and Sara, a 13 year old girl with autism, reluctantly agreed to go. Sara, a slight, petite young girl quickly became quite successful at catching Sunfish. Her worm barely hit the water when she came up with another sunny! “I’m the Queen Fisherman!” she proudly announced to everyone. Suddenly she began screaming, crying, or was it?  Was she screaming, crying, yelling, was it fear? Or excitement???   It was very hard to tell just what was going on---- but it soon became obvious that she didn’t have just a little Sunfish on her line ----she had something BIG!!! There she was, her fishing pole slung over her shoulder and looking much like she was pulling in the boat anchor and not some fish.  The pole was bent clear down to the deck of the boat.  The other kids were now cheering  with excitement  and all rushing to see what Sara was so panicked  about!  “Get the net, Get the net!!!”  the kids screamed!  Sara, still hanging onto the pole for all she was worth, still screaming and crying ---somehow managed to pull the fish onto the boat deck  ---a 3 pound small mouth Bass ---a VERY good fish by anyone’s standards!  Sara threw the pole to the boat deck,  mad as a wet hen!

 “ I only wanted to catch the little ones!” she yelled !

For the rest of the week the kids all talked about Sara’s BIG fish story and by the time Friday came, Sara was quite proud to have won the “Queen  fisherman of the week award.”

Truly a Camp CaPella moment that will be a part of Sara’s childhood memories for the rest of her life.

Camp CaPella is a privately funded non-profit that I-95 helps with fundraising whenever we can.  Our next event is the I95 Classic Drive and Car Show with Maine Oxy . We'd love to have you with us! Click here to register.

This year Camp CaPella is also looking for Challenge Pacesetter businesses to participate in the LaVerdiere Challenge to allow them to get match funds for your donations so it is a great year to help. Also, on June 27 & 28 I-95 will be having a our CaPellaThon where you can call in and pledge money to help send kids to camp.