• 04-May-2018 12:51 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    From the Chief: Angling for Success

    By Mike Surbaugh
    From the May-June 2018 issue of Scouting magazine
    From the CSEMagazine

    Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll have a lifelong hobby.

    Few activities are so fundamental to the human experience as fishing. Hailing from the hunter-gatherer days, fishing offers timeless benefits to the body and soul.Whether you’re casting knee-deep in a chilly mountain stream first thing in the morning or dropping a line off the dock in the heat of the afternoon sun, fishing is the outdoorsman’s meditation. Nothing but you, the scenery and the quiet. Fishing teaches people the art of sitting with their thoughts, an important lesson in our world of technology-enabled interruption. Beyond that, it teaches the necessity of patience and persistence while demonstrating that though good things come to those who wait, there are no guarantees in life. But that shouldn’t stop you from trying.

    The perks of fishing extend beyond the mental and moral lessons of the experience; there are actual physical health benefits of fishing, as well. Getting to a good fishing spot often requires some variety of exercise, be it hiking, rowing or paddling. Sunlight gives us vital vitamin D, and time in nature is shown to reduce stress, potentially lowering blood pressure.

    Fishing also is a fun way to use and build your Scouting knowledge. It’s a basic survival skill that requires use of knots, the ability to navigate nature while leaving no trace and, potentially, the use of first aid. If a Scout knows all that, plus the basics of the equipment and its use, he or she will be well on the way to earning the Fishing merit badge! Incidentally, it is an elective badge for earning a William T. Hornaday award, which you can learn about in this issue.

    Above all, fishing is fun. It’s a great opportunity to bond with family or friends by practicing a skill together and sharing an experience. It can also inspire your travel plans or help you better appreciate where you live. Whether you visit a beach or frequent your neighborhood pond, fishing can help you notice nature in a whole new way. Next time you’re planning an adventure, consider adding fishing to the itinerary and see how the experience treats you. You just might find yourself hanging a “Gone Fishing” sign on your door on a regular basis.

    Yours in Scouting,

    Michael Surbaugh 

    Chief Scout Executive

  • 30-Apr-2018 2:00 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    A Facebook Group has been recently developed to increase fishing and fishing conservation discsusion in the Boy Scouts of America community.  You are encouraged to post questions about fishing, pictures of your fish and unit, district news having to do with fishing and fishing conservation.   This group is for youth and adults to enjoy.   To access click here: Scout'n Fish 

    We continue to maintain the Certified Angling Instructor Facebook Group supported by the BSA National Fishing Task Force.  This Group is designed to communicate with those youth and adultes that have completed the certification and seek further knowledge and opportunity to be part of a National fishing community. to access click here:  CAI Certified Angling Instructor 

    BSA Certified Angling Instructors and BSA Angling Educators are true Conservationists.  We encourage you to learn more about the The Hornaday Awards Programs.  The month of May and June in Scouting Magazine will cover the Award on pages 26 - 29 of the issue.  To access the Article  click here "The Earth Thanks You"  .   

    Please share the above information with your Contacts and on social media.

    We appreciate your help, as together we promote the love of the outdoors, the sport of Fishing, and its postive impact on the Scouts we serve!  FISH ON!  

    Michael Brand

  • 26-Apr-2018 9:34 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)
    You asked for it you got it! 

    We can now reach our BSA Certified Angling Instructor website by visiting  

    Also, associated with this change, all e-mails will now be sent from:

    BSA Fishing - Certified Angling Instructors <>

    Kudos to CAI Dan Roberts and CAI Bret Bolton for making change happen. 

  • 25-Apr-2018 2:02 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    It is that time of year again to get our Summer Camp Fishing Gear in Shape

    This nifty pdf is from our friends at WI DNR - Theresa Stabo

  • 14-Mar-2018 8:46 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    We need your your help in making Fishing an intentional program within your Council, so that Scouts may have fun for a lifetime in this exciting and relaxing outdoor adventure.  One way to do this is to encourage others to get trained as Certified Angling Instructors or BSA Angling Educators.

    Below is a sample article that was run in Bryan On Scouting Blog  that you may want to copy/modify and send to your contacts.  

    Sample Article:

    If your idea of teaching Scouts how to fish is telling them to “watch what I do,” you probably could use some training.

    And I’ve got just the thing: the Certified Angling Instructor Training course,

    Conference attendees will earn the BSA’s Certified Angling Instructor recognition, meaning they’re certified to run fishing programs at BSA summer camps and instruct the Fishing and Fly-Fishing merit badges. Think of it as the fishing equivalent of firearm or climbing instructor training.

    Of course, if you’re a registered merit badge counselor, you may teach Fishing and Fly-Fishing merit badges without Certified Angling Instructor Training. But the course is sure to sharpen your skills and improve the experience you offer a boy.

    After all, someone who knows how to fish doesn’t necessarily know how to pass that knowledge on to boys.

    It’s heartening to know that in this era of iEverything, boys still love fishing. In fact, a Boys’ Life survey recently revealed that fishing is the fourth-most-popular activity among Scouts. It’s a great hook (pardon the pun) for both recruiting and retention.

    With that in mind, here are the quick facts about Certified Angling Instructor Training:

    Who should attend?

    Participants should include current and future council camp program directors and fishing staff, merit badge counselors, Cub day camp staff, Scoutmasters, Cubmasters and Venturing crew leaders. You should be committed to instructing Scouts in fishing and fly fishing either at Boy Scout summer camp, Cub Day Camp or teaching one or both of these merit badges in your unit or district.

    Upcoming CAI Opportunities?

    How big is the class?

    Space is limited to 30 participants.

    What if I have questions?

    Contact your local Council for a listing of CAIs.  If they do not have a list, please contact your Regional / Area Leads - Fishing.  They can be found by clicking on these links.

    Thank You for all that you do to support our Scouts!

    Until we meet again, wishing us tight lines and full nets!

    Michael Brand - Communications

  • 05-Mar-2018 8:17 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    We know you love to see kids fish. How about kids that have never seen a fishing pole? Or what about kids that are too poor to have ever had the opportunity to go fishing? Both are important objectives. Is it also important to preserve habitats for all wildlife, so that those resources will be available for our future generations?

    We believe all Scouts should have the opportunity to catch a fish, and hopefully, within a reasonable period of time! Would it also be important for that same boy or girl to have the opportunity to clean and eat a fish.... build self-confidence and survival skills? Just as important, maybe that same scout should experience the beauty of releasing a fish back into the wild for another day. To see their fish swim off safely and in good condition. Should they appreciate the beauty around them... appreciate the wonder that all nature has to offer? Do our scouts need to become future stewards of tomorrow’s planet? All good questions that deserve an answer!

    Our Founder, Baden Powell, was a pioneer of release fishing. He also believed a scout should be able to survive in adverse conditions. Just as important, he believed that a scout must appreciate his surroundings and then leave no trace behind. Is it our responsibility to strive for those goals for our young scouts?

    Will you help us with our objective to do just that?

    Perhaps, soon, in the not so distant future, we can reestablish healthy fishing lakes in summer camps. Maybe one day, we can provide camps that don’t even have a lake to fish in, a place for Scouts to compete for awards and merit badges. A place where Scouts can practice healthy conservation ethics.

    Please consider helping us and donate to our newly established donor advised fund to make these and other goals become a reality.  Every donation, no matter how small, will help tremendously.  All proceeds go directly to helping the boys and girls of Scouting. Here are the details on how YOU can help: 

    So, please help with $25, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford. It’s not the amount.... it’s the commitment that counts! Thank you all.

    Make your checks payable to:

    Raymond James Charitable 

    On the FOR ________(line)

    Notate: BSA National Fishing Task Force, account # 180828  

    Mail to:

    Raymond James Charitable

    P.O. Box 23559

    St. Petersburg, FL 33742

    You should receive a thank you, acknowledgement and your tax-deductible letter within three weeks. The Our new finance committee has decided on the following gifting levels, with affordable recognition to follow: 


     Giving Level  Minimum  Maximum
     Bluegill  $25  $99
     Rainbow  $100  $499
     Steelhead  $500  $999
     Bonefish  $1,000  $4,999
     Silver King  $5,000  $9,999
     Pacific Sail  $10,000  $99,999
     Blue Marlin  $100,000  $249,999
     Grand Slam Master  $250,000  plus

    Fish On!

    C. Ben Jelsema

    Chairman –National BSA Fishing Task Force

  • 26-Feb-2018 10:49 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)
    We're conducting a survey and your input would be appreciated.

    We would like to find out how affective is the CAI program.

    We would also like to create a list for units to fish across the country.

    Be on the look out for a an email;   

    From: " via" <>

    Date: Feb 26, 2018 10:24 PM

    Thank you for your participation!

    Michael Brand - Communications

  • 26-Feb-2018 10:12 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Inquiring Minds Want to Know! Are you interested in serving in a Fishing Staff Position for the 24th World Jamboree 2019?

    Dates:  July 18 to Aug. 3, 2019These dates include program area set up, staff development,  and program area take down.

    Cost: $1,800 excludes transportation

    Based on the response to this inquiry, we will make a determination as to whether we can answer the call to serve and report back to leadership of the World Scout Jamboree.  

    Your response to this inquiry is due March 7.

    Note: If you say you are interested in going, and the BSA National Fishing Task Force makes a decision based upon your response to this call to serve,  we are counting on you to meet all Staff Qualifications including;  Council Approval, Medical Approval, and Payment Fees of fees.

    If you are truly interested in serving, please send an e-mail  Michael Brand. In your response please indicate if you served on 2017 National Jamboree - Fishing Staff, or prior National Jamboree Staffs. 

    All responses required no later than March 7, 2018.    

    We will keep you posted as to our level of commitment received, and further developments as we move forward on this extraordinary opportunity!

    Michael Brand - Communications

  • 26-Feb-2018 10:05 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    VenturingFest 2018, the second national gathering of Venturers at the Summit Bechtel Reserve – a Scouting experience unlike any other before – is coming your way June 29 - July 7.

    VenturingFest 2018 is a special Scouting event at SBR that’s open to registered Venturers,  Scouts and adult leaders across the U.S. This six-day high-adventure festival invites participants to explore the best the SBR has to offer. We’re talking rock climbing, skateboarding, BMX biking, water sports, shooting sports, zip lines, challenge courses, and so much more! For more information on Venturingfest click

    As if the adrenaline-pumping activities weren’t enough, festival goers will also get to jam out to concerts and meet new friends in Venturing at the event.

    What more could a Venturer want?   FISHING   So what do we give them?  A quality Fishing Program under the leadership and direction provided by YOU! 

    Bring a friend, Certified Instructors in many areas are being recruited, but there are positions for staff of any experience/ability level.  

    Please check out this wonderful staffing opportunity

    Please register no later than  March 15, 2018 and email so that he can follow up with you. 

    Michael Brand - VentureFest - Fishing Staff 

  • 26-Feb-2018 10:48 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Rick Kagawa, has established a public facing page on Facebook for youth. A page where youth can post their pictures of their fish and fishing experiences.  

    This social media channel will provide us an opportunity to communicate with the BSA Population and encourage others to get to know us and our mission and do so in a fun manner.  We have Rules such as Scout like language or images only.  No last names or addresses for youth protection.  We invite you to like our this new Facebook page and please feel free to share the link with others. click here Scout'n Fish

Address: 8 Forest Oak Ct, St. Louis, Missouri 63026

Phone: 314-477-8120

E-Mail: Michael Brand

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