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Kids Get Reward for Safe Boating


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wardens will be trying to catch young people doing something right this summer.

FWP and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary have teamed up with McDonald’s and Super 1 Foods stores to hand out coupons for free ice cream cones to young boaters ‘caught’ wearing their life jackets while boating.

The coupons will be given to anyone 16 years of age and under wearing a life jacket while enjoying Montana’s waters. Montana law requires youth under 12 years of age to wear a life jacket when the boat is in motion.

“Having a warden single out someone, especially a youngster, for doing something right is a refreshing way to make a strong impression on a child,” said Liz Lodman, FWP boat education coordinator.

“If we can impress on young people the value of wearing a life jacket, we’re helping to protect them and others who may go boating with them in the future.”

FWP wardens expect to hand out hundreds of coupons throughout the summer. The coupons are good at all McDonald’s restaurants and Super 1 Foods stores.

Be sure to check out for FWP’s Montana Boating Laws webpage before heading out this summer.


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