• 09-Mar-2016 4:36 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    The BSA National Fishing Task Force,  had a very productive meeting this past week. Several important opportunities were identified.  At this time, I would like to share just one of those exciting opportunities. Others will be forth coming. 

    We have agreed to offer a CAI Course Director Conference. This Conference will be held at Philmont Training Center during Week #1 Session. 

    As this is a recent addition to PTC, the brochure developed does not include this new Conference offering.  In any event, the   Philmont Training Center 2016 Brochure  may prove helpful in providing you details for consideration.   For more specific Conference Registration details, please check with Philmont Training Center.

    Members of the Fishing Task Force believe the conference will be helpful to CAI Course Directors, both past and future.  

    If you are interested in attending the CAI Course Directors Conference, or know of some who should, please extend an invite.  All interested parties should contact Ben Jelsema.

    If your council is wanting to host a CAI Training Course, please invite their director choice to the Conference and if director choice is not yet a CAI  these Scouters should be encouraged to take a CAI course prior to attending the Conference.  

    If you have any questions please contact me, until we meet again, wishing you all Tight Lines and FISH ON!

    Ben Jelsema

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

  • 11-Feb-2016 10:48 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Good Morning!

    I have been asked to make sure the database of BSA Certified Angling Instructors 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 February 28, 2016.  Your compliance is needed and appreciated.

    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 Brand - Communications

  • 05-Feb-2016 11:07 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    If you have not had the opportunity to review our CAI Staff Opportunities , I encourage you to do so today!  You can access the listing by clicking  CAI Staff Opportunities .


    When you access CAI Staff Opportunities  , this represents the CAI Training Course Offering as we know it that day!  


    This communication tool provides you quick reference for CAI Course offerings and information you may need to build awareness of upcoming CAI Training Courses in your area. You have the latest and most current information that is available.

    Additionally, this tool provides a efficient mechanism to communicate to us your desire to serve as staff on CAI Training Courses. To register your interest in serving as Staff on a upcoming CAI Course, please register your interest by registering for the individual event as listed. 


    This is very simple to do!  Find the event that interest you, click on it, Hit the Register button and follow the prompts.  It is just that easy.


    You will notice that the fee for this type of Staff Registration is free.  By registering on this site, you are registering your interest in Staffing the CAI Course. 


    If you are selected to serve as staff on a CAI Course, you will be contacted by event lead.  Individual Course Staff Registration Costs will be announced and payment instructions given.


    Any questions regarding a CAI Staff Opportunities should be directed to either your Area Lead  or Regional Fishing Chairman.  These folks are listed and can be found by following the links listed below. 

    Regional Fishing Chairman

    Central Region-Area Leads-Fishing

    Northeast Region-Area Leads-Fishing

    Southern Region-Area Leads-Fishing


    If you discover that you have no Area Lead in your specific Region, that means the position is currently UNFILLED.  I encourage you to consider if this is an opportunity for service may be right for you!  Please review the job duties.  To register your interest in service as a Area Fishing Lead please contact your Regional Fishing Chairman today!


    In closing, using your gifts and talents as a BSA Certified Angling Instructor, will provide a legacy to the Scouting Program.  Start building your legacy today!



    Michael Brand - Communications 

  • 01-Feb-2016 5:03 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    As we continue to search for preferred pricing on equipment for your use as a BSA Certified Angling Instructor. Listed below are two more products offered at excellent prices.

    BSA Custom CAI Fly-Tying Kits

    Economical version with elegant wooden boxed tool kit.  Contains a classic vise with a lightweight base mounted to the box, Upgraded scissors, Midge Bobbin, Threader, Hackle Pliers and Bodkin.  (Without the whip finisher and the dubbing tool)

    BSA CAI Fly tying vice box (2).docx

    Backyard Bass makes learning to cast fun!  With a good cast a Scout can catch one of these fish and reel it in--just like real fishing.  Great for Pack and Troop Meetings, District Day Camps, Council Camps.

    Backyard Bass cub scouts flyer 2015-3 (2) (1).pdf

    Also, do not forget to see additional personal savings through the use of tax deductions

    Until we meet again, wishing you all Tight Lines and FISH ON!

    Michael Brand -Communications

  • 31-Jan-2016 8:04 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Fishing Season is just around the bend.

    As such,now is the time to promote our 2016 CAI Course Offerings

    Please help us cast the nets, as we try to strengthen the fishing instruction and programs at councils and camps across the country.

    Our success stories include;

    - Volunteers and Staff have improved Council Outdoor Programs through the use of intentional and meaningful Fishing programs.

    - Councils who have endorsed the CAI Program and are delivering great success with Scout Fishing Programs and its impact on Scout Recruitment and Retention.

    - Personal stories of learning new skills such as Fly Tying, Fly Fishing, and of course the joys of being an Angler Educator, and meeting new volunteers ready for service.

    For a listing of current planned BSA Certified Angling Instructor Courses,

    Please refer

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    Lets fill the nets, and Deliver the Promise. FISH ON!

    Michael Brand - Communications

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

    The following article was published on 

    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.

    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:

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

    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:

    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:

    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:

    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!


    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.

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