Whether the youngsters attending the "Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs" summer fishing camps have fished before or are new anglers, they each need only three words to describe the experience:
"I got one!"
Held annually, "Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs" extends to five weeks, with each week having a new group of youngsters learning about fishing. This week is the fourth week for the program this summer at Greenbrier State Park.
According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Web site, in 1986, a Florida teenager wrote a letter to the Future Fishermen Foundation, one of the current sponsors and founding organizations of the program, explaining how he chose to go fishing and think through his problems rather than turn to drugs. He wanted an alternative to drug use for others as well, and his suggestion evolved into a national program held in 27 states, Washington D.C., American Samoa and Puerto Rico, the Web site says.