January 22, 2021
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2021.
Welcoming in the New Year, we have some announcements we want you to be aware of.
I am pleased to announce our new CAI Program Director, Paul Minenna, who most recently served as the Northeast Region Fishing Director . His new role will be to guide all BSA Certified Angling Instructor (CAI) programs. He is very excited to take this role. If you want an hour-long conversation with Paul, ask him about centerpin fishing. I have no idea what you fish for with a centerpin rod and reel but it is worth asking the question just to hear his passion.
We are excited about the number of people signing up for our new online CAI courses. Encourage your Scout fishing buddies to become CAIs as they will have a lot of fun talking and learning about fishing and will gain a greater understanding about how to teach the sport we all love to BSA youth. We are currently testing the first CAI course with remote practical fishing skills instruction and demonstration. With this course, you will be able to complete the skills part of the CAI course from anywhere.
We are also are developing advanced fishing skills classes as continuing education opportunities for you. We are currently working with Mudhole Fishing to get rod building classes off the ground. We have developed an advanced fly-fishing course, and are developing saltwater, high adventure and canoe/kayak fishing courses. If you have any ideas for courses you would like to see, please tell us. Our goal here is to help you develop your skills further so you can enjoy the sport more and offer great programs to scouts.
January 3rd, you may have received an email about a professional discount offer from Expertvoice exclusive to BSA CAIs. Please check out this offer. There are discounts on all kinds of outdoor equipment including sunglasses, tents, fishing reels, waders, hooks, rain gear, sleeping bags, binoculars and much more. There are well over 200 manufacturers who will offer you discounts.
In recent weeks you may have received notices inviting you to take part in courses for continuing education. We encourage you to continue to improve your skills and learn more about the sport of fishing to help our scouts succeed. As with all things online, please be cautious about the source of the information. Any course offered through the National Fishing Committee will be found listed on the bsafishing.com website. Any other invitation will be from an outside source and is not a course sponsored by the National Fishing Committee. For the full list of courses being offered through the National Fishing Committee visit bsacai.org.
We plan on more Fireside Chats this spring, so look for the announcements. These fireside chats give you the chance to share experiences with the committee and to hear about new and upcoming opportunities for you to expand the fishing programs in your council.
Happy fishing in the new year,
BSA National Fishing Subcommittee Chair