• 31-Aug-2017 11:22 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    As a member of a BSA Certified Angling Instructors /  Wild Apricot site, you can view member-only content, sign up for events, and interact with other members through member directories, discussion forums, and blog posts.  You can also perform self-service functions such as updating your profile.  

    To help you get started, and show you how to manage your membership, and introduce you to some of the functionality that might appear on our Wild Apricot site.  Please Follow this link

    New Member Guide

    I have been asked to make sure the database of BSA Angling Educators is as up to date with regards to member profiles as quickly as possible.  As they say, many hands make light work.  As such, you are responsible for updating your personal Profile.  To assist you in your efforts please follow the instructions by clicking here: Profile Update Procedures.pdf

    Deadlines for this effort is September 15, 2017.  Your compliance is needed and appreciated.

    Also, Check out the latest news from the BSA Fishing - National Fishing Task Force.   Please follow this link to our  News

    Check out these latest events offered by the BSA Fishing - National Fishing Task Force and its team of BSA Certified Angling Instructors.   Please follow this link to our Events 

    Check our our newest Links and Resources,  Please follow this link to our Links and Resources

    Check out our newest videos,  Please follow this link to our Videos

    I encourage you to follow us on Facebook as well. Please follow this link to our Facebook Group page.  Please follow this link to our  Facebook page .CAI - Certified Angling Instructor

    If you have something you would like to share please forward the item for consideration.  If you have suggestions for adds or deletes let us know.  This is your tool.

    On behalf of  all the Scouts we serve, I thank you for your time and efforts.  Until we meet, wishing you tight lines and FISH ON!

    Michael R. Brand

    BSA National Fishing Task Force -  Committee Member

    BSA Central Region Outdoor Program Support Team  - Fishing  Chairman 

    BSA Certified Angling Instructor

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  • 18-Aug-2017 4:27 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Click each link to see the current requirements for each Merit Badge.

    For information on Merit Badge Requirements

    Fish and Wildlife Management
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  • 23-May-2017 11:18 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Tenkara is a Japanese method of fly fishing, which uses only a rod, line and a fly. 

    Tenkara is the simplest method of fly fishing in the world. Tenkara has become very popular in the United States and is a good method to use in the Southern Appalachian mountains. It is perfect for children, older beginners to the sport and seasoned fly fishing veterans.

    Tenkara is also a very effected fly fishing method, for trout, panfish or bass. Tenkara is intuitive. The method breaks down the learning curve to a few steps, which are very important steps for catching fish on a fly.

    The compact size of the collapsed rod, is perfect for anglers who hike or backpack into remote areas. If you break a section of your rod, you can replace the broken piece yourself. Simply order the broken part from Tenkara USA and pay a low shipping and handling fee.

    Tenkara is relatively inexpensive. You just need a rod, a short fly line, flies, tippet material, nippers and forceps.

    Watch the video below, an introduction to Tenkara, produced by Tenkara USA. 

    FISH ON!

  • 19-Apr-2017 2:46 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    National Jamboree Staff - Fishing Program Area

    Additional Staff Needed!

    We currently we have 70 Fishing Staff signed up.  

    • 54 Staffers will be attending Jamboree both weeks. 
    • 8 Staffers will be attending Jamboree for week #1 only. 
    • 8 Staffers will be attending Jamboree for week #2 only.

    This provides for 62 Staffers toward the 75 Goal.  

    A full staff of 75 gives us enough staff to give each member a day to see the Jamboree or to rest.  

    We Need 13 Staffers and we need them to register now!

    Please cast the nets!!


    C. Ben Jelsema

    BSA National Outdoor Program Committee

    National Fishing Task Force Chairman

    Group Lead Merit Badge Maintenance Task Force

    2017 National Jamboree Fishing Lead   407 491-2906

  • 13-Feb-2017 11:49 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Show us your #FirstCatch

    Our partners at RBFF and Take Me Fishing encourage adults and children alike to get out on the water fishing and boating! 

    And we want you and your Scouts to show them your best first catch moments whether it’s the first of the day, first of the season or first of a lifetime! 

    Share and tag your first catch experiences with #FirstCatch. 

    We're collecting and showcasing them here. See what thousands of anglers across the U.S. are reeling in!

    Follow @Take_Me_Fishing and show us your #FirstCatch


    Watch Take Me Fishing's latest video. Take Me Fishing encourages adults and children alike to get out on the water fishing and boating!

  • 31-Jan-2017 11:33 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)
    With any volunteer position in the Boy Scouts of America, understanding exactly what the role of that position is in the bigger picture and getting the proper training for the position is critical.

    For the new merit badge counselor a good starting point is to review the Guide for Merit Badge Counselors available at:  This resource introduces MBCs to the merit badge process, helps them gain an understanding of their unique role in advancement, and provides them with good instructional techniques for working with Scouts. 

    To find out about the availability of Merit Badge Counselor Orientation training in their area, new MBCs should check their local council’s website or contact their local district or council training committee. 

    This training is of value even to seasoned MBCs, as new counseling techniques and ideas are often times rolled out in these sessions. 

    Here is an example. New and veteran MBCs should first ask themselves a few simple questions:  Am I using the latest merit badge pamphlet and requirements for badge instruction? (Visit for current merit badge pamphlets and requirements.) 

    Do I have the skills, education, and experience currently required to teach youth the subject matter of the merit badge? Furthermore, if required as for certain badges, do I have the specialty certification or training needed to teach the badge? (Find a list of the required specialty certifications in Guide to Advancement (topic, accessible at

    Is my required Youth Protection Training (YPT) current? (If you are not sure, contact your local council service center to find out; or better yet, just log onto your My.Scouting account (https:// and take the convenient online YPT certification course.) 

    Counselor Guides

    BSA Beginner's Fly Tying Handbook 

    Fish and Wildlife Management merit badge 

    Fishing merit badge 

    Fly-Fishing merit badge 

    Michael R. Brand

    BSA National Fishing Task Force - Communications

  • 26-Jan-2017 8:29 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    A quick up date on National Scout Jamboree 2017 to be held at SBR.

    As of today, we have nearly 75% of our Fishing Staff registered for the National Scout Jamboree.  Meaning we have about 20 staff positions to fill. We would like to fill these positions in the next 30 days.  If you have not submitted your application for Staff for the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, we ask that you do so now.  

    If you have submitted your application, and you have been confirmed for service, I would like to encourage you to invite 2 fellow Scouters to share your Jamboree / CAI experience. They need not be a CAI, but consider this an opportunity to recruit a future CAI.

    Please be aware that you should have your BSA membership number handy in order to complete the application.   If you have multiple numbers, please know that the number you use for Registration will also eventually be the one that will be tied to your BSA Health & Medical Record (when the time comes to electronically submit these forms).  Also have your credit card available in order to make your $150 deposit.

     Below is the link to the 2017 National Scout Jamboree Staff Application:

     2017 Jamboree STAFF Registration

    Once on the website’s landing page, select “REGISTER NOW” to begin your application (see below),


    Please also note your CAI #!

    If you really want to serve on the fishing staff, please list Fishing as your 1,2,and 3 choice!

    Please note that applications must go through a membership verification process prior to Council approval.  This is expected to take several months and we appreciate your patience as we move everyone’s applications along.

    We are excited and hope you are too!  We thank you, in advance, for your generosity of time, talent and effort as is needed to “Live Scouting’s Adventure”.


    C. Ben Jelsema

    National BSA Outdoor Program Committee
    Chairman, BSA's National Fishing Committee
    Group Leader, Merit Badge Maintenance Task Force                                 407 491-2906 

  • 12-Jan-2017 8:24 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Outdoor Retailer and Adidas Outdoor Presented BSA Certified Angling Instructor - Lillian Rose Weihert the 2017 Outdoor Inspiration Award on January 11, 2017. 

    Ms. Weihert was recognized for her work in Angler Education through the Boy Scouts of America Certified Angling Instructor Program.  Ms. Weihert is the President of the Pathway to Adventure Council Venturing Officers Association, VOA, and President of Crew 191.

    The Outdoor Inspiration Awards recognize those whose efforts go above and beyond in inspiring others to engage in outdoor activities. 

    “The Outdoor Inspiration Awards is about honoring leaders in our industry who promote participation in outdoor activities, and this year’s list of finalists truly embody that mission,” said Greg Thomsen, managing director, Adidas Outdoor U.S. 

    “The Outdoor Inspiration Awards is a true celebration of what the outdoor industry and our community stands for. It is our love of the outdoors and our zeal for an adventure that fuels our passion,” said Marisa Nicholson, vice president and director of the Outdoor Retailer Show. “This event gives the industry the opportunity to celebrate the people, companies and organizations that tirelessly work to share the outdoor experience with others. 

    Join me in congratulating Lillian Rose Weihert for Delivering the Promise to the Scouts she serves.  

    FISH ON!

    Michael R. Brand


  • 19-Dec-2016 1:02 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    The BSA National Fishing Task Force has announced new requirements for the BSA Complete Angler Recognition Award. The new requirements which are now in effect, can be found BSA Complete Angler Recognition Award.pdf

    In addition to earning the three Fishing related merit badges- Fishing, Fly Fishing, and Fish & Wildlife Management, Scouts are now required to complete one or more of the following projects;

    1.       Teach a Fishing or Fly Fishing Merit Badge skill to your Troop, Crew or Team as part of a unit program activity.
    2.       Help instruct Cub Scouts on fishing skills or fishery management as part of a Cub Scout meeting or outing.
    3.       Participate in a local fishing derby or tournament, either a Scouting or Community Event.

    4.       Complete a conservation project that will benefit a local fishery.

    Quick facts: BSA Complete Angler Recognition Award

    How to get it: Take this signed application to your local council service center or Scout Shop.

    Placement:  Worn as a temporary patch on right pocket.

    Supply / BIN item number:  No. 620740.

    Please help us spread the word!

    Michael Brand - Communications

    BSA National Fishing Task Force

  • 07-Dec-2016 9:22 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    We congratulate Fishing's Future on its selection as the 2016 Roland Sigurdson Outstanding Aquatic Education Program in America by the Aquatic Resources Education Association (AREA).  Award ceremonies took place on October 26, 2016 at the U. S. Fish & Wildlife National Training and Conference Center just outside of Washington DC. Competition was strong as many other programs throughout our nation were in the competition, including the Boy Scouts of America. 


    Fishing’s Future Founder and President, Shane Wilson, graciously accepted the honor stating, “This award goes out to all volunteers and supporters who have taken part in making Fishing’s Future what it is today.  There are hundreds of Fishing’s Future volunteers who give freely of their time to share the joys and knowledge of fishing within their communities and we could not do it without them.” 

    Fishing’s Future (FF) was started in 2007 on the Island of South Padre on the southernmost tip of Texas.  Over the last several years, FF has shared some level of angling education with more than 600,000 individuals nationwide.  In 2016 alone, they reached more than 140,800+ individuals and logged more than 16,700+ volunteer service hours across the country.  It is no wonder they are #1 in the nation.  

    The idea of Fishing’s Future began when Wilson was operating as the Administrator of a local School District’s Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP).  Students who misbehaved were sent to DAEP to continue and/or complete their High School education. 

     Wilson understood, “These kids were good kids who just made some bad decisions and when two or three of them got together, their decision making abilities plummeted.”  During his 12-year tenor at the Alternative School, it became apparent that many of these adolescents were making bad decisions simply because they did not have active positive parental engagement in their lives.  

    In response, Wilson came up with an idea to start an Angling Education Program to “rehook” the parents to their children.  He wanted to reconnect families and found himself reflecting back on his own childhood where fishing was instrumental in strengthen his family’s bonds. 

    Reconnecting the family unit became Wilson’s mission and angling education was going to be the vehicle he used to accomplish that goal.  His battle cry became “families forever” and from there, the logo was born!  Two lowercase “f”s representing “families forever” were turned around to embrace each other signifying the theme and then the program’s name “Fishing’s Future” was chosen.  Wilson ponders, “When you teach, education is the foundation and the future, so angling education is truly the future of fishing.”


    Wilson has pushed hard to grow the organization ever since that first day and this past October’s recognition from AREA as the Nation’s leader in Aquatic Education was indeed a tribute to his labor of love.  As a volunteer non-profit organization, FF receives inquiries daily to form new partnerships, open new chapters and schedule additional events.  Donations from corporations, foundations and private individuals are the only supplements keeping Fishing’s Future afloat.

    Currently more than 55 chapters are spread across America and over the next 5 years, Fishing’s Future expects to double in size.  FF plans to have several chapters in every state and at the rate they are growing and the recognition they are receiving, Fishing’s Future is on the way to becoming a household name.  As the organization flourishes, more sponsors are required to continue the everlasting effects this program has on youth and their families.  

    They invite you to get involved, get “hooked in”.  For more information visit their website www.fishingsfuture.orgor follow them on twitter and Facebook. 

    Fishing’s Future Founder and President, Shane Wilson, ardently extended a heartfelt thank you to the Aquatic Resources Education Association, U. S. Fish & Wildlife, the many volunteers, sponsors, and participants of FF and a special thanks to Roland Sigurdson and his family.

    Congratulations to Fishing Future Well Deserved!

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