Cast the Nets!

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


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