Casting for Recovery was founded in 1996 in Manchester, Vermont, the unique brainchild of a breast cancer reconstructive surgeon and a professional fly fisher. It began as a local grassroots group with a big heart and an original national vision, and quickly received endorsements from medical and psycho-social experts for its innovative healing program model while at the same time provoking intense interest by national media.

Casting for Recovery was founded on the principles that the natural world is a healing force and that cancer survivors deserve one weekend — free of charge and free of the stresses from medical treatment, home, or workplace — to experience something new and challenging while enjoying beautiful surroundings within an intimate, safe, and nurturing structure.

The Southeastern Council and its members Clubs support Casting for Recovery by donating both volunteer hours and financial resources.

The mission of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing ("PHWFF") is to assist in the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active duty military personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings.

PHWFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Maryland. PHWFF is dependent on tax-deductible donations and the help of numerous volunteers to meet the educational, equipment, transportation, and related needs of the participants.

The Southeastern Council and its member Clubs donate thousands of volunteer hours a year to this worthy cause.


The Southeastern Council is constantly looking to improve or safeguard our natural resources, not only for the benefit of those we serve, but for all citizens and future generations.  Our Council is instrumental in providing funding to support the restoration of native brook trout in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.