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  • 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




  • 12-Nov-2015 7:58 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    This past September I had the opportunity to serve alongside, Ben Jelsema, Bill Pepito, Fred Hodge, and Jim Byrd.  Together we were the selected staff for the CAI Training Course to be held at Philmont Training Center, located in the Philmont Scout Ranch. 


    We met some great Scouters and together had a wonderful CAI course and Scouting experience.  For me, a couple of highlights of the course happened at the very beginning.  During our first session, Bill Pepito asked the attendees the following question.  “What is your purpose in taking the course?”


    Nearly all the answers given by the participants, were focused on improvement of the Scouting Outdoor Program Offerings, and of course focused on Fishing.  


    Most of the participants were avid fisherman, and most realized before attending the course that improvements needed to be made in the following areas.   

    • Building Awareness of the Fishing Program and its benefits to the Scout, and Scouting Program. 
    • Providing meaningful angler education, addressing the needs at each level of Scouting, focusing on the age and skill levels 
    • Improvement of the fishing equipment available to the Scouts
    • Improvement of Council Fisheries
    • Seeking for ways to add / improve the fishing programs back home, be it the unit, district, and council level.

    I though I should share a letter received from Stanley Wright, a graduate of that course.  This letter was written less than 30 days post our training event.  I wanted to share, because it inspired me to FISH ON!  I hope that it will do the same for you.



    October 14, 2015


    Michael,
    Just wanted to let you know what I've been up to.
    My first Fishing/Fly Fishing MB class coming up this weekend...  7 or 8 boys so far.

    Let's see if I got everything...

    Back Yard Bass kit
    8 Zebco rod and reel kits
    8 telescoping poles
    1 spinning rod
    1 bait casting rod
    4 fly rods
    2 rod caddies
    4 fly tying kits
    12 "fly making" stuff in zip-loc bags
    12 knot tying kits
    Assorted flys and lures
    Hook removal kit.
    "Patch covered" fly vest
    CAI Business Cards
    Handouts
    I know I'm forgetting something.....  LOL

    Aloha Council public relations lady wants a story, with pictures, of the MB class for the web site.

    Got a call from the Hawaii Fishing News... (our local fishing magazine)  my story on Philmont Training Center and the Complete Angler will run in the Nov. issue.

    Attended 2 district Round Tables and one quarterly district meeting to promote Complete Angler program.

    I have a booth at the University of Scouting to promote the Complete Angler Program, and I'm co-teaching the Philmont High Adventure and Philmont Training Center class.  Got my Shutterfly Book.

    I'm doing Back Yard Bass at the WEBELOS Overnighter in Nov.

    I'm doing Fishing MB at the LDS Merit Badge College in Jan.

    I can see why we need to train some more people to help...
    Aloha,
    Stan


    Attachments:


    Philmont 3 col (1).pdf


    Philmont Cover.jpg


    Needless to say I was floored.  We shared a vision, we inspired action and Stanley DaredtoDo!, and he has caught fire.


    After reading this letter, I hope that you have felt a fresh breeze blow through your fire, no matter what stage of inner fire you may have today.   

    Hopefully the fire will glow a little brighter, and perhaps encourage you to catch fire, and #Daretodo! 


    Wishing you all tight lines and Fish On!


    Michael Brand - Communications


  • 31-Oct-2015 3:36 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)


    Habitat, Where the Fish are At!

     Have you ever fished a lake and wondered, “Where are the fish?”  Boy Scouts of America -  Certified Angling Instructors with the help of Scouts and Scouters from around the Greater St. Louis Area have been working to develop habitat that provides fish with cover and concentrates them for anglers.  

     Community lakes are home to many species of game fish, including crappie, bluegill, sunfish, bass, catfish.  Over time, natural fish habitat in the form of old stumps and trees that were buried when the reservoir was impounded began to rot and decay away.  Now that lakes are older, the old habitat needs refreshing.  

     While fish populations are controlled by bigger factors than just habitat; like available nutrients, protective regulations, consistent spawning, proper predator and prey balance, adding habitat may help anglers catch fish consistently.  

     In October 2015, BSA Certified Angling Instructor Nick Matteoni provided leadership to a team of 38 Boy Scouts and built 32 Spider Block Fish Habitats as part of their course work associated with earning the Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge.

     These newly constructed spider blocks will be added to community lakes with the help and guidance of the Missouri Department of Conservation.  Spider blocks simulate natural brush piles. These artificial structures provide protection to fry and fingerlings and will stay in place and last much longer than natural brush piles. The spider blocks resemble small underwater bushes, and offer hiding places for bass, crappie, and sunfish.  

     Spider Blocks are easily made from individual concrete blocks, with 14 - 5 ft. sections of Polyethelene Tubing -Size: 3/4", cemented into the open areas of the blocks. Spider blocks are normally sunk at a depth of about 10 foot.  

     "These fish attractors can concentrate larger numbers of fish in specific areas," said Michael Brand, BSA Central Region Fishing Advocate - Area #3. "This can give anglers an edge, especially if they know a few details about where to find the structure or how deep they are under the surface of the water. It can take some of the guessing out of the decision of where to fish, and hopefully can help anglers have more success.

     "One of our important goals is to help anglers be successful, and making these underwater fish attractors available to fish and then making their location available to our anglers is one way we can accomplish that goal," Brand said.

     CAI are beginning to create fish habitat in lakes all over the Central Region, all in an effort to produce “more bites per cast”.  The habitat work is made possible by donations provided by CAIs themselves, corporate sponsors, and good old Scout Service hours.

     So the next time you fish look for clues like buoys and signs indicating such work has been completed.  When you find the habitat, the fish will be there.  The rest is up to you!

    For some pics of the event, please visit 

    https://mbskillcenterfall2015.shutterfly.com/


  • 10-Oct-2015 4:00 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Boy Scouts of America 

    2015 National Outdoor Conference

    Will be held October 14-18, 2015 – Philmont Scout Ranch

    It’s Scouting’s largest get‐together of volunteers and professionals charged with delivering the world’s greatest outdoor program for youth!  It’s four days of back country excursions, group sessions, outstanding keynote speakers, outdoor vendor exhibits, clean mountain air, sessions with camping and outdoor experts, some fun competition, special program opportunities, great music, and fellowship with Scouting’s top outdoor leaders.  

    Fellow Scouters and outdoor enthusiasts from across the country are gathering to learn new methods, share ideas,and check out the latest in outdoor gear and programs. It is the place to be if you are involved with outdoor programs in any way.

    Members of the National Fishing Task Force will be sharing best practices in the following areas.

    Cub Scout Fishing Seminar: 2 hour session - Running Cub fishing events for units and councils. Features 5 Cub Scout Fishing Modules; Organizing an Outing / Den & Pack Opportunities / Where to Get Help / Day Camp Fishing & Selecting Proper Equipment, plus Participating in “Back Yard Bass” instruction game. 

    Boy Scout Fishing Seminar – 2 hour session includes the new “Complete Angler Award” & the new “Fishing Program Features” publication. Learn how to enhance fishing opportunities for Scouts with rewarding advancement and enjoyment.

    Venturing Fishing Seminar: 2 hour session - A workshop on developing exciting Venturing fishing events including weekend and High Adventuring fishing experiences; also how to develop crews with a fishing focus. Make Fly-fishing, salt water kayak fishing or Bass competition options. How about fishing Alaska or the Bahamas. 

    Camp Fishery Management: An important seminar dealing with improving camp fisheries. Includes working with local and state agencies plus local fishing organizations to provide the best ideas for development, maintenance and improvements to your camp fishing waters. A quality camp fishing lake or pond should provide a scout a reasonable chance to catch a fish within 30 minutes. 

    Hornaday Award Programs – Happy 100th anniversary to the Hornaday Award! Learn about these often-misunderstood but highly prestigious BSA awards for conservation. Find out how your council can improve and promote this experience for your Scouts. Check out the tools to help earn and manage the awards. 

    An array of exciting and informative options is available on Friday, October 16, to see and experience Philmont and New Mexico. Half-day trips offer participants a variety of options, including visiting local museums or sightseeing such as:

    Fly‐Fishing. Those interested in fishing for trout along the Rayado Creek will enjoy fishing like Waite Phillips did and imagine that they are experiencing life like the movie “A River Runs Through It.” Instruction will be available for 10 those who have never attempted fly‐fishing. Equipment will be provided, or you may bring your own. Licenses may be purchased at the Tooth of Time Traders. Half-day afternoon trip offered. 

    Self-Paced Program Opportunities Open in evenings after sessions are also available.

    Fly-Casting & Fly-Tying instruction. Learn to cast and tie flies. It will help you with doing a better job at fishing as well as teaching your Scouts how to fish. 

    Wishing the team of Certified Angling Instuctors tight lines and FISH ON!


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