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  • 05-Mar-2019 5:23 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    For a copy of the Winter CAI Newsletter 2018 Click Here

  • 06-Feb-2019 2:32 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Follow this link to the podcast I did with WEFISHASA a couple of weeks ago.
    Click here

    It can be heard at our website -, via 
    Stitcher Radio, Spotify and iTunes/Apple Podcasts.

    His interview starts at the 16.00 Minute mark.

  • 08-Jan-2019 9:46 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Read the latest edition of the  The Promise newsletter produced by members of the Central Region Outdoor Program Support Committee!

    Please find attached the Winter 2019 edition of The PromiseI hope you find it to be useful, and as always, please share it with any other people that are involved in outdoor programming. Volunteers and professionals come and go, so it can be challenging to keep up all the changes.


    The Central Region Outdoor Program Support Committee is again presenting two Outdoor Program Conferences, January 19th in Des Moines and January 26th in Indianapolis. There are registration links in the newsletter.

    We will have representatives from the National office to share the latest and greatest on Family Scouting and the exciting addition of young women to all levels of Scouting.  I hope you see many of you at this year’s conferences


    Thanks for all you do for Scouting in the Central Region.

  • 13-Dec-2018 9:35 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

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    Boy Scouts of America
    The latest National Outdoor Program Support Committee newsletter – Trail to Adventure, is linked below. Read all about many important program updates and information to support camping and outdoor programs in your council.
    Learn more about BSA Outdoor Programs.

  • 11-Dec-2018 5:09 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Certified Angling Instructor (CAI) Program

    Roundtable and Promotional Event Talking Points

    Thank you for the opportunity to invite you and members of your Council to attend the 2019 Certified Angling Instructor (CAI) program to be held at.

    This conference is facilitated by the BSA National Fishing Committee, with a focus on providing enhancements to your BSA Fishing Programs. Course will cover Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing Fishing Programs held at the Unit, District, and Council Level.

    Course delivers an understanding of the Mission and Vision of Outdoor Programs-Fishing, assisting in your efforts to “Deliver the Promise”. You will learn age based and skill appropriate fishing tools and techniques for your Scouts, ranging from the Cane Pole to Fly Fishing. The course highlights best practices on content delivery, in both the classroom and the field.

    Mission of the CAI Program:

    • To lead and guide BSA fishing programs to excel at rewarding all scouts with the best opportunity possible to learn and enjoy the sport of fishing.
    • Encourage and foster exceptional learning experiences through superior education, advancement, role modeling, and program and literature development.
    • Backstory:

    Boys Life magazine did a survey, asking boys:  What would you like to do in the outdoors?”

    • 87% of Cub Scouts want to go Fishing
    • 52% ask their families to go fishing
    • Only 35% of the Scout Units have fishing on their yearly calendar.


    • BSA National trained and certificated individual
    • Council advocate, resource, and leader trained to execute fishing, fly-fishing, and fish and wildlife programs
    • Trainer and role model who imparts the skills needed by Scouts to enjoy fishing adventures they will probably remember for the rest of their lives.
    • Recruitment and retention champion intent on training Scouting leaders and keeping all Scouts active and engaged.

    This is a good point to check in with you and answer questions.

    I will remain in the back of the room for a while to elaborate further if you would prefer. Also, we have provided additional fliers about the course in the back of the room and encourage you to take some home with you and share with your Packs, Troops, or Crews.

    Thank you for your time, as well as all you give for your Pack, Troop and/or Crew. 

    You are valuable and appreciated.

  • 30-Oct-2018 12:15 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Some great pictures from our Orange County Council’s CAI Course and the Fishing / Fly Fishing Merit Badge Clinic.  

    They had 25 new CAIs plus several existing CAIs who coached 50 plus Scouts in an all-day merit badge class.  

    They had +or- 80 completed merit badges on Sunday and then on a following weekend the 8 scouts who did not catch their fish did so to give us about 90 completed.



    All in all it was a great weekend and thanks to Darren and his team for a great job of recruiting, coaching and presenting.  They are now forming a council Fishing Committee.  We need more like this one!



    C. Ben Jelsema

    BSA National Outdoor Program Committee

    Chairman, BSA National Fishing Committee

    Group Lead Merit Badge Maintenance Task Force   407 491-2906

  • 25-Sep-2018 4:17 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    For the newest addition of the CAI Fall 2018 Newsletter, Click Here .

  • 23-Sep-2018 1:23 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Check out these fishing videos from our good friend Tom Redington.

    Where to find the fish in a river or stream!

    Best places to find big bass

    Fishing 101: How to cast a closed face spincast reel and fishing rod

  • 23-Sep-2018 12:50 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Dear {Contact_First_Name} {Contact_Last_Name},

    This past week,  seven CAIs gathered at the Philmont Training Center. They came from the  Northeast, Central and Western Region.   

    These Scouters were given the opportunity to develop confidence as a Course Director for the Certified Angling Instructor, (CAI), Train the Trainer Program. 

    BSA National Fishing Committee’s most sought after mentors and thought leaders, Ben Jelsema, Fred Hodge, and Michael Brand, shared their passion as part of this outstanding opportunity for personal growth and development. 

    Highly interactive classroom and field activities, capitalized on the group’s experiences, expertise and feedback. These sessions included; Promotion, Scheduling, Staffing, Design, Planning, Budgeting, and Administration. 

    Join me and congratulate our newest CAI Course Directors.

    Thomas Baker - Central Region - Heart of America Council

    Dale Geesaman - Northeast Region - New Birth of Freedom Council

    Frederick Monahan - Northeast Region - Connecticut Yankee Council

    Edward Pounds - Western Region - Southern Sierra Council

    Claudia Reed - Northeast Region - Laurel Highlands Council

    Stan Wright - Western Region - Aloha Council

    Michael Youssi - Central Region - W.D.Boyce Council

    If you would like to lead the adventure of BSA Fishing Programs, this course is for you!  FISH ON!

    For details on the upcoming course in the Central Region click Central Region.

    For details on the upcoming course in the Southern Region click Southern Region.

    We encourage you to attend this Course. We need additional courses to be run throughout the Nation.  We cannot do this alone.  Your investment of time and talents are needed, as we get ready to take Youth Fishing in 2019.  Now is the time, register today!


    Michael R. Brand - BSA National Fishing Committee - Communications 

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