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  • 30-Jan-2016 11:26 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    The following article was published on Scoutingwire.org. 

    Please take a moment to review.  This piece is great for use in building awareness of Fishing and Fish and Wildlife Management Programs in the BSA.


    http://scoutingwire.org/how-to-hook-a-winning-service-project-idea/

    I would like to also share the following on a fellow CAI - who recently completed his Eagle Scout Leadership Project.  NicMatteoni_EagleScout_PressRelease.docx  Make sure to drop a line to the Nick and his family at: matteoni1@sbcglobal.net


    If you have a similar story, we want to hear about it. Forward to articles to michaelbrand314@gmail.com.

    We encourage you to build awareness of these conservation projects.  They can support your local Scout Camps in very meaningful ways.  Your OA Lodge Members can always looking for ways to be of service.  This project can provide meaningful benefit for 50 plus years you your Council Camps.  


    For those of you who missed our news article last October please refer to:

    https://bcai.wildapricot.org/news/3609220

    Thanks for casting lines!


    Michael Brand - Communications


  • 30-Jan-2016 7:40 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    We continue to travel down the Scouting Trail, and February Roundtables are just around the corner.  


    But before we plan for those, let’s review our last month Roundtable presentation.  I encourage you to take a moment and reflect on your January Roundtable presentation.  For example, how effective was your presentation.  How successful were you in achieving your mission;

    • building awareness of the benefits of a high quality fishing program, and its impact on Scout recruitment and retention.
    • building awareness of the detriments of low quality fishing programs, and its impact on Scout recruitment and retention.
    • providing guidance and support in the development of Scouters who have an interest in providing quality fishing programs.
    • providing guidance and support to quality fishing programs addressing the needs of all Scouts in the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing program.
    • providing guidance and support to quality fishing programs offered at the Unit, District, Council, and Region level.

    During that reflection time, please do not forget to think about the legacy of your actions this past month. You made a difference.  Thanks for sharing of your time!

    Now, let’s build on those actions.  Let’s identify the items you should “Start”, “Stop” and “Continue” your efforts as a BSA Certified Angling Instructor.


    First, Let’s ask ourselves the following question.  Why Fishing? I encourage you to ask this question to a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturer, and Trained Leader.


    Boy's Life Magazine did, and this is what they found.

    Fishing is very popular with Scouts!          

    • Fishing placed 4th (behind camping, swimming and bicycling), at 61%, as one of the most popular Scouting activities
    • 83% of Boy’s Life subscribers like to fish
    • 77% began fishing because of an older family member
    • 71% of Cub Scouts are interested in earning a fishing belt loop
    • 51% continue to encourage friends and family to fish
    • 35% go fishing with their Scout Unit –  Providing us an opportunity to expand this program!

    Second,Spring is just around the corner.  We need to get the Scouts out and experience Fishing, Fly Fishing, and the great outdoors.  To do this, our Units PLC should be developing plans for the coming months.  Here is where you can help.



    BSA Introduced the New Program Features Volume 2, a guide to Program Planning.  This publication provides a launching point for you and youth members to plan exciting programs that will keep members coming back, facilitate advancement and personal growth, and help you achieve Scouting’s mission.


    The Goal of Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crew is to make that planning a little easier for all.  Each program feature in the publication provides a month’s worth of program ideas for Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Scout Teams and Venturing Crews.


     Content includes: General information about the topic

    • Related Advancement Requirements and Awards
    • Games related to the topic (or that are just for fun)
    • Ideas for using the EDGE method (Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, Enable) to teach topics
    • Four weeks’ worth of meeting plans
    • Outlines of three main events (outings) that build in a length and intensity
    • Print and online resources related to the topic, including a list of related program features.
    • As an example, Volume #2 Includes these 2 modules :
    • Module #21 -Fishing - Catch Me If You Can
    • Module #22 - Wildlife Management - Balancing the Needs of Wildlife and People

    We highly encourage our BSA Certified Angling Instructors to review the Modules contained within this publication #33111 which can be obtained at your local Scout Shop for $14.99.


    Please build awareness of these Planning Guides, the BSA Complete Angler Award, and of upcoming BSA Training opportunities such as the BSA Certified Angling Instructor in your Area. 


    Help us spread the word!

    FISH ON!


    Michael Brand - Communications


  • 04-Jan-2016 9:09 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Happy New Year!   2016 is going to be a big year for BSA, especially for our Fishing Program. We look forward to our shared success, and the many memories we will make for our Scouts.


    As you know, most District / Council Roundtables are scheduled for this week.  We need for you to make a presentation at these Roundtables, or get a commitment to present at the February Roundtable. 


    The topic of conversation is of course the BSA Fishing Program.  


    As part of this presentation, we would like for you to share the memories made in 2015. Better yet, why not get a young Scout to share his own story!


    Memories such as; Cub Scouts catching their first fish.  Parents experiencing new found activities with their sons.  Boy Scouts learning basic angler skills while earning he Fishing Merit Badge. Older Scouts taking those basic skills and building upon them and exploring the exciting world of Fly Fishing. Perhaps you can share your experience of opening the eyes of your Scouts as together you explore ways to participate in  Fish and Wildlife Management efforts and perhaps even discover a calling. 

     

    Perhaps you can describe the joy you receive personally when getting trained as a BSA Certified Angling Instructor, the new friendships formed. 


    Share your insight on how a quality Fishing Program at the Unit, District, and Council Level can provide great opportunities Scout Recruitment and Retention.  Share your experience of joy and when coaching and mentoring a Scout, making a difference in their life and leaving a legacy!


    Provide information as to how Scouters can learn more about the BSA Fishing program. Direct them to our Web Site Home so they can see all the CAI Training opportunities that are available in 2016. Explain that these supplemental leader trainings are available at a both Philmont and Sea Base. Further explain that BSA Regional Council Trainings are also planned, and these can be experienced at far less cost, and are closer to home.


    At a minimum, we ask that you please hand out the Certified Angler Award Application recently developed for BSA Awards Central to include in the official Scouting Awards. To access form click here: Certified Angler Award Submittal Form 2015.pdf.  Take form to your local copy store and make 50 copies and hand them out to your fellow Scouters. 


    For you convenience, we have provided an informational piece produced by Bryan On Scouting -Is your Scout a Complete Angler? To access article click here:

    http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2015/04/03/complete-angler-and-certified-angling-instructor/


    To access a sample PowerPoint Presentation click here:BSA Fishing - Boy Scout Program - Basic Round Table Presentation.pptx


    Thanks in advance for your support of this initiative.


    Almost forgot, if you send us a picture of you making the presentation, you will be entered into a drawing for a Fly Tying Vice / Tools and Fly Tying Materials.  


    Wishing you all tight lines, bent rods and Fish ON!  


    Michael Brand - Communications


  • 16-Dec-2015 8:29 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    A Certified Angler Award Application has been developed for BSA Awards Central to include in the official Scouting Awards.  


    To access form click here:

    Certified Angler Award Submittal Form 2015.pdf

    Please include in all Scout and Venturing instructions and while fishing to all the Scouters.

    For you convenience, we have provided an informational piece produced by Bryan On Scouting -Is your Scout a Complete Angler?

    To access article click here:

    http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2015/04/03/complete-angler-and-certified-angling-instructor/


    We highly encourage you to present the Complete Angler opportunities to your Council's / District Roundtables.  Please schedule a presentation today for the Spring Roundtables. 


    To access a sample PowerPoint Presentation click here:

    BSA Fishing - Boy Scout Program - Basic Round Table Presentation.pptx

    Thanks in advance for your support of this initiative.  

    Michael Brand - Communications



  • 07-Dec-2015 9:10 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Listed below is a game suggested by Doug Darr, of the Aquatic Resources Education Association (AREA).  


    I would love to get the Scouts feedback on its effectiveness at the Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing Level. 


    Next time you meet with your Scouts, suggest to your unit leadership to run the game at the next meeting.


    Have the Scouts evaluate the game, and provide us feedback.

    Thanks and have fun!


    BASS AND BLUEGILL

    Materials: Have pieces of paper or other tokens representing food or energy.  Six tokens per player are plenty.


    Play Area: Define the boundaries for the game including safe baselines and "bases" that can be tables, chairs, or anything students can go to and touch or step on without being hurt.


    Goal: Get the most food tokens.


    Game: Let some participants pretend they are bass; the rest are bluegill.  Bass are in the middle of the playing field. Bluegill start at an end line with one token.  


    As bluegill go from one end line and back across the starting baseline, they receive another piece of food (token) from the leader.


    If a bass catches a bluegill, the bass get all the food from the bluegill, and the bass takes the bluegill back to the starting baseline (digestion).  The bluegill gets one food token from the leader and may play again.


    When a bluegill freezes, the bass is not sure it is food and won't eat it - doesn't see it.  If a bluegill is moving, it can be caught. 


    Bases where bluegill cannot be eaten are used to show how bass and bluegill hang around cover. Vary the number and size of bases.


    Vary the number of bass to show that in a water body with lots of bluegill, bass and bluegill are less likely to hang around cover.  Where bass are abundant, both the bass and bluegill tend to hang around cover.


  • 05-Dec-2015 11:03 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    The Central Region Area #7 Fishing Lead - Dennis Festerling  and I were wondering what materials you use when presenting the  CAI / BSA Fishing program at a your round table events.

    Dennis and I agree that, if we put some quality material together it would be easy to encourage CAI's to speak at Round Tables.


    1.  Simple 5 minute stand-up (more intro and where to get more info)

    2.  More extensive 10-15 minute talk (intro + specifics of CAI / Complete Angler)

    3.  A talk and possible activity. (All the above + an activity)


    If you have such materials please forward to  Dennis Festerling for review and evaluation,. 

    We will take all the great ideas submitted, and some ingredients, compile, and develop outstanding marketing materials.


    We intend on providing this tool for all of us to use as we address the "Nobody knows about us challenge" .  If you would like to assist   Dennis Festerling on this project, please let him know.


    Thanks again for all that you do for the Scouts who are depending on us.

    FISH ON!


    Michael Brand - Communications



  • 25-Nov-2015 1:11 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    I was just informed of a ICE CAMP Cub Scout Ice Fishing event to be held in Central Region Area #7 on January 2, 2016.  WOW!  How cool is that?  


    Here is the Team's vision.

    • Cub Scouts will be educated on how to Ice Fish and how to do it Safely. 
    • Ice fishing equipment and lunch will be provided.
    • Cubs Scouts, siblings and friends will surely want to get the ice beneath them at this completely free event. 
    • On line registration 

    Sounds like a great great Outdoor Program.  Memories will sure to be made.


    If you can make it to Camp Oakarro,  I am sure the team could use some assistance.   


    Check with Steve Klubertanz  Central Region Fishing Lead - Area #7, of open CAI Staffing slots. 


    If you are in that neck of the woods, please help spread the word about this upcoming event.  Promotion to local Packs, neighboring Districts and Councils would be a greatly appreciated.


    Wishing all the best to Steve and his team.   We cannot to see the pics of this innovative outdoor program experience.  FISH ON!


    If you are leading innovative Fishing Programs at the Unit, District, Council or Regional level, we want to know about them.  Drop us a line to feature your events.


    Michael Brand - Communications




     



  • 24-Nov-2015 2:16 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    BSA Introduces the New Program Features Volume 2, a guide to Program Planning.  This publication provides a launching point for you and youth members to plan exciting programs that will keep members coming back, facilitate advancement and personal growth, and help you achieve Scouting’s mission. 


    The Goal of Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crew is to make that planning a little easier for all.  Each program feature in the publication provides a month’s worth of program ideas for Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Scout Teams and Venturing Crews. 


    Content includes:

    • General information about the topic
    • Related Advancement Requirements and Awards
    • Games related to the topic (or that are just for fun)
    • Ideas for using the EDGE method (Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, Enable) to teach topics
    • Four weeks’ worth of meeting plans
    • Outlines of three main events (outings) that build in a length and intensity
    • Print and online resources related to the topic, including a list of related program features.


    As an example, Volume #2 Includes these 2 modules :

    Module #21 -Fishing - Catch Me If You Can


    Module #22 - Wildlife Management - Balancing the Needs of Wildlife and People


    We highly encourage our BSA Certified Angling Instructors to review the Modules contained within this publication #33111 which can be obtained at your local Scout Shop for $14.99. 


    Please build awareness of these Planning Guides, the BSA Complete Angler Award, and of upcoming BSA Training opportunities such as the BSA Certified Angling Instructor in your Area.  


    FISH ON! 

  • 23-Nov-2015 3:20 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Wanted to share this article recently published on the Fish Habitats.


    This project was performed by the Scouts in the Central Region Area #3, specifically Greater St. Louis Area Council. These Scouts constructed 32 Fish Habitats that were given to the Missouri Department of Conservation. MDC then placed habitats in the  community Lakes.


    For the news article visit.

    http://dailyjournalonline.com/sports/outdoors/article_af4c2888-19f7-5a73-a311-80d2a668bc61.html?comment_form=true


    Pics of the Scouts in action please visit.  https://mbskillcenterfall2015.shutterfly.com/


    Please share your program achievements so that others may be inspired and #DaretoDo.


    Michael Brand - Communications



  • 15-Nov-2015 8:21 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)
    We need your help in building awareness of the BSA Complete Angler Award, and the BSA Certified Angling Instructor Program.  We encourage you to look for more opportunities to promote these exciting BSA programs and benefits.


    First, you may want to consider sharing this article from Bryan on Scouting with your Scouting Contacts.


    http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2015/04/03/complete-angler-and-certified-angling-instructor/


    Secondly, you may want to consider building a "Science Fair Display Board"  and fill it with information on the BSA Fishing Program including:

    • Cub Scout Fishing Program, " A Bear goes Fishing"
    • Boy Scout Fishing and Fly Fishing Program, "Catch Me if you Can"
    • Angling Merit Badge Program, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Fish and Wildlife Management 


    These Display Boards can be shared at

    • District Roundtables (including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing), 
    • OA Lodge Fellowship Events, 
    • University of Scouting Training Events  


    Once you have gotten your line in the water, lets hook them, and reel them in!


    Wishing us all tight lines and FISH ON! 


    Michael Brand - Communications




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