January 2016 - Strong Start

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

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

Phone: 314-477-8120

E-Mail: Michael Brand

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