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2020 BSA National Fishing Committee Notes - From the Desk of Rick Kagawa

02-Mar-2020 11:04 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

After creating the National Fishing Committee in 2008 and leading the charge for Scouts to go out and fish, our fearless leader, Ben Jelsema has decided to turn over the reins of the Fishing Committee to Rick Kagawa.

Ben has significantly changed the face of BSA fishing. He has served his region and received its highest award, the Silver Antelope. He has been the champion for BSA fishing for more than two decades. He recognized that fishing is one of the most powerful tools we have to recruit, retain and reactivate Scouts of all ages.

Thank you, Ben, for your dedication and tireless service. Also thank you for your continuing help and guidance in the future.  Under Ben’s guidance we have prioritized and allocated the many responsibilities of the committee under 5 Task Teams.  Ben will serve as Task Team Vice Chair.


The 5 Teams and their primary tasks are:

1. Document Development - Pete Adams

a. Modular CAI Course Development

b. Tactical Planning Guide

c. Merit Badge Councilor Guides

d. Cub Scout Adventures

2. CAI Education - David Lund

a. Angling Educator Program

b. CAI Courses

c. CAI Course Director Conferences

d. CAI Reports & Records

e. CAI & CAI CD Instruction Supplies

3. Public Relations - PJ Pacifico

a. BSA Fishing Websites

b. Promotional Flyers & Items

c. Social Media

d. CAI Newsletter

e. BSA Publications

4. Youth Fishing Programs Fred Monahan

a. Cub Day Camps

b. Council Scout Camps

c. Cub Scout Fishing Modules

d. Complete Angler Recognition

e. Fishing Program Helps (Catch Me if You Can)

5. Council Fishing Development - Vacant

a. Council Fishing Committee Development

b. Build Council Fishing Awareness

c. Council Fisheries Development

d. Camp Fishing Supplies (Tackle, etc.)

e. Promote Fishing Clinics, Camporees & University of Scouting

Note: These Task Teams are looking for applications to add new members. You will receive an application request soon.


The Regions are being reorganized. Michael Brand, who has done a fabulous job in the Central Region, will be the Regional Directors Vice Chair. In the near future he will be searching for a new Central Region Director to take his place.

Paul Minenna has become the Northeast Region Director.

Bill Pepito will remain the Southern Region Director.

In the Western RegionTim Rosseisen has agreed to be the new Director.

The Region Directors will manage CAI Courses in their Regions. They will also help to develop Council Fishing Committees and programs.

Please give a round of applause to all the returning and new Committee members.

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