BSA Fishing
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  • 20-May-2022 10:59 AM | Jim Ridgeway (Administrator)

    New CAI - ZEBCO “Fish On” Offer

    Take the opportunity to take advantage on

    Two Rod Combo specials:

    Zebco 33 Spincast Combo

    Ideal for Scout Camps / Dependable and Durable

    This “Tackle for Educators” program was developed by Zebco,

    The Future Fisherman Foundation and the BSA Fishing Team


    8 ultra-durable Zebco 33 rod/reel combos

    BSA Scouts Package #4  

    (New Price May1, 2022)

    $168.00 for 8 Combo Outfits ($21.00 each)

    Includes shipping within the US.

     This new price is a nice discount as these combos retail from $35 (Amazon) to $39 & rising

    Please give your CAI #, or Your Council / Unit # in the comments section

    Or contact F3 Executive Director Karen Bray direct call 580-765-9031.

    Our Scouts Say

    Zebco 33 Spincast Combo

    Ideal for Scout Camps / Dependable and Durable


    Act Now and Save

    The Original flyer for this offer was $104.00 for 8 combos. On May 1st Zebco raised prices significantly / new price is $168.00 for 8 combos.

    We arranged an interim price for the 8 rods at $144.00 until June 24th.

    This unit price would then be $18.00 each.

    To take advantage of this short-term offer send or call

    your order to Karen Bray by June 24th. Ask for the “Fish On” deal.

    See below for contact information.


    (New Combo Price May1, 2022 is $168.00 for 8 Outfits ($21.00 each)

    Special “Fish On” Price

    $144.00 for 8 Combo Outfits ($18.00 each)

    Includes shipping within the US.

    This new price is a nice discount as these combos retail from $35(Amazon) to $39 & also rising

    Contact F3 Executive Director Karen Bray 580 765-9031.or email

    Order “Fish On”, which is the Zebco 33 Scout Package #4

    Provide your CAI #, / Your Council’s Name or Unit #

    For questions contact BSA’s Fishing Team Lead / Ben Jelsema / 407 491-2906

  • 17-May-2022 8:03 PM | Jim Ridgeway (Administrator)

    Please consider joining us on Staff 2023 Jamboree

    Things have been more difficult on the Jambo side with the Covid19 and the BSA bankruptcy which should have been settled by now.  Some uncertainty and lack of professional staff has not helped. 

    I know several of you have already signed up a few months ago for our Fishing Staff.  I sent invites to past staff members several weeks ago.  I sent a new invite to the CAIs late last week with the process to sign up. We are looking for 100 on staff so members will be able to have two days a week off to enjoy the Jamboree.  The high price this year will prevent many to sign-up but we need to recruit harder and draw on more CAIs to join us. We have explained to all who took the CAI course that they would be encouraged to become staff at events like National Jamborees.

    The system for staff reviews by the various Jambo activities like Fishing are still not available to myself or any other group leaders to accept or deny an applicant.  They now say it should be up around the first of June.  I will be on top of it and as soon as I can I will be able to select our staff. Do not worry the clock has not started on the two weeks which I have to accept an applicant.  All applications go first to their councils for approval which normally takes a week or two, however with many councils short staffed I expect delays.  Once they clear, an applicant I will have two weeks to send an offer to that you.  After that two weeks it will go to their second choice for acceptance.  Most of our previous staff will put Fishing as their 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice, I suggest you might do the same.

    Upon receiving an offer you will then have two weeks to accept the offer so please do so.


                 Ben Jelsema

         2023 National Jamboree

        Lead for Fishing Adventures

    407 491-2906 /


  • 03-May-2022 9:17 AM | Jim Ridgeway (Administrator)

    May 2022

    Dear CAIs:

    Here are some important updates.

    New BSA Fishing Website

    If you have recently logged into the web page, you were redirected to the  BSA Outdoor Programs Fishing Page. The new site has some great information, and it will make our CAI program a more integral part of BSA Outdoor Programs.

    If you scroll down to the bottom of the main fishing page, you will find that you can sign into the CAI resources page and login with the “FishON!” password.  It will take you to the sign-in for our website.  Use your personal password to log in. You will be able to find information, look up fellow CAIs and take advantage of training opportunities or preferred pricing on products.  

    Please do not share FishON! or your sign-in information with anyone else.

    Preferred Product Pricing

    We happy to report that there are many new items in the BSA Fishing preferred pricing program.  Some are available to all Scouters, and some just to CAI’s.  You, your unit, and council may take advantage of this special pricing.  Most of these items are well below retail.

    Your BSA Fishing Team has been hard at work getting outstanding gear at amazing pricing you won’t find elsewhere.  Over the next few weeks our updates will be posted.  Also, check back frequently for new training dates both in person and via Zoom. 

    Support your Council’s Fishing Events

    If you are not already doing so,, get out with your units and support your council fishing events.  Don’t forget that fishing is one of the best recruitment and retention programs we have.  As a CAI you are qualified to serve as a Merit Badge Counselor, teach the Angling Educator course and train youth to serve on their summer camp fishing staff.  Please work with your council to support fishing!

    Run your own CAI course

    Want to run your own CAI course? Please fill out the Training Request Form  located on the national page at:

    Please fill this out prior to running your course and email it to Paul Minenna ( and David Lund ( If you copy Jim Ridgeway ( it can get added to the events calendar to help you with advertising.

    2023 National Jamboree

    One last important item: we are looking for a large group of Scouters to serve on Fishing and Fly-Fishing Staff at the 2023 National Jamboree.  Contact Ben Jelsema,  The link to register for the Jamboree is open.  When you register, select fishing for all 3 choices.

    Until next time, tight lines and Fish ON

    Paul Minenna

    CAI Program Director


  • 08-Apr-2021 10:28 AM | Jim Ridgeway (Administrator)

    Greetings fellow CAIs!

    Let me welcome you all to fishing adventures in 2021. Since the Fall of 2020 we have created Online Training and welcomed more than 250 new CAIs. New training programs are being added, so look for more to appear on the CAI website in late Spring.

    We, as Certified Angling Instructors, are charged with using fishing to Recruit, Retain and Reactivate Scouts and Scouters at all levels.

    As CAI Program Director I want to challenge our veteran CAIs to reactivate and join our newest CAIs as they share their enthusiasm. Share your experience with them!  Help them succeed!

    Let us recruit and get more to join our ranks to increase the number of Scouts in our units, districts, and councils. This is sorely needed now.

    Also, when was the last time you updated your Profile? Many of us have new email and phone contact info. Take some time today, review your Profile and update it as well.

    Also, why not re-connect with CAI members on establishing and strengthening our Council Fishing Committees. For help contact Kathy Myszewski at  She is ready and willing to assist you.

    I hope that, if you are able and Covid 19 is not an issue in your area, you will join with others to support fishing activities at Scout events and Summer Camps. There is plenty to do to get ready for fishing season and camp, including reel and rod maintenance, camp fishery preparation, and camp staff training. Make that Scout a catcher who learns to release that fish for another day. Share the Promise of Scouting.

    Special thank you to members of our Training Teams who have hosted multiple CAI program trainings. I encourage everyone to step up and join a training team.

    If I can be of assistance reach out to me:

    Fish On!

    Paul Minenna, CAI Program Director

    Member of the BSA National Fishing Subcommittee

  • 10-Feb-2021 7:45 PM | Jim Ridgeway (Administrator)

    Although the CAI course is the BEST way to become a more informed and trained fishing and fly fishing counselor, you must complete a new MB counselor application and complete an adult application to be an official MB counselor. 

    See your local council to complete your MB counselor application.

    -National Fishing Committee

  • 24-Jan-2021 2:01 PM | Jim Ridgeway (Administrator)

    January 22, 2021

    Dear Anglers,

    Happy New Year! Welcome to 2021.

    Welcoming in the New Year, we have some announcements we want you to be aware of.

    I am pleased to announce our new CAI Program Director, Paul Minenna, who most recently served as the Northeast Region Fishing Director .  His new role will be to guide all BSA Certified Angling Instructor (CAI) programs.  He is very excited to take this role.  If you want an hour-long conversation with Paul, ask him about centerpin fishing.  I have no idea what you fish for with a centerpin rod and reel but it is worth asking the question just to hear his passion.

    We are excited about the number of people signing up for our new online CAI courses.  Encourage your Scout fishing buddies to become CAIs as they will have a lot of fun talking and learning about fishing and will gain a greater understanding about how to teach the sport we all love to BSA youth.  We are currently testing the first CAI course with remote practical fishing skills instruction and demonstration.  With this course, you will be able to complete the skills part of the CAI course from anywhere.

    We are also are developing advanced fishing skills classes as continuing education opportunities for you.  We are currently working with Mudhole Fishing to get rod building classes off the ground.  We have developed an advanced fly-fishing course, and are developing saltwater, high adventure and canoe/kayak fishing courses.  If you have any ideas for courses you would like to see, please tell us.  Our goal here is to help you develop your skills further so you can enjoy the sport more and offer great programs to scouts.

    January 3rd, you may have received   an email about a professional discount offer from Expertvoice exclusive to BSA CAIs.  Please check out this offer.  There are discounts on all kinds of outdoor equipment including sunglasses, tents, fishing reels, waders, hooks, rain gear, sleeping bags, binoculars and much more. There are well over 200 manufacturers who will offer you discounts.

    In recent weeks you may have received notices inviting you to take part in courses for continuing education.  We encourage you to continue to improve your skills and learn more about the sport of fishing to help our scouts succeed.  As with all things online, please be cautious about the source of the information.  Any course offered through the National Fishing Committee will be found listed on the website.  Any other invitation will be from an outside source and is not a course sponsored by the National Fishing Committee.  For the full list of courses being offered through the National Fishing Committee visit

    We plan on more Fireside Chats this spring, so look for the announcements.  These fireside chats give you the chance to share experiences with the committee and to hear about new and upcoming opportunities for you to expand the fishing programs in your council.

    Happy fishing in the new year,

    Rick Kagawa

    BSA National Fishing Subcommittee Chair


  • 01-Dec-2020 10:46 AM | Michael Brand

    Giving Tuesday! One of the many worthy missions for your generous gifts!

    Please consider giving to this mission. For more information visit

    Or Contact Jeff Wilson  for more information.

  • 23-Nov-2020 4:53 PM | Michael Brand

    USDA Forest Service Supports Youth Education
    with Fish Art Contest

    For Immediate Release:

    Contact: Julia Luger,

    WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN – Wildlife Forever is proud to recognize the USDA Forest Service for their support of the 2021 Fish Art Contest. By teaching youth the Art of Conservation®, the national partnership reaches thousands of young people each year and is used by educators as an introduction to outdoor recreation.

    The award-winning Art of Conservation Fish Art Contest connects young people to fish, fishing, and aquatic conservation through art, writing, and science. To enter, contestants create an original illustration of any species from the Official Fish List and a one-page writing entry. Entries are due postmarked by March 31st each year.  For details on contest rules, entry forms, and to view past winners, visit
    Nat Gillespie, Assistant National Fish Program Leader at the USDA Forest Service, said “The Fish Art Contest is an innovative program that introduces young people to the outdoors using the Art of Conservation. The Forest Service manages 220,000 miles of streams and rivers and over 10 million acres of lakes and reservoirs that are home to some of the most popular, most beautiful, and rarest fish in the country, and we are proud to be building the next generation of conservation stewards with the Fish Art Contest.”

    “The Art of Conservation Fish Art Contest eliminates many traditional barriers and provides an all-inclusive platform for youth education. The USDA Forest Service is a leader in supporting conservation initiatives and building stewardship. I am grateful for their vision and support. Investing in youth is the key to our future,” said President and CEO of Wildlife Forever, Pat Conzemius.

    The 2021 Fish Art Contest is now open and accepting entries. The deadline to enter is March 31st, 2021 so start creating today! Details available at

    About the USDA Forest Service: The USDA Forest Service is a multi-use agency that manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 43 states and Puerto Rico. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Learn more about the Forest Service fisheries program at:

    About the Fish Art Contest: The award-winning Wildlife Forever Fish Art™ Contest, with support from Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops, the USDA Forest Service and Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, brings children, art and aquatic conservation together! The annual contest reaches thousands of youth each year. New distance learning resources allow students to participate from home or classroom and complement a wide array of educational programming. To enter, young artists create an original illustration of any fish from the Official Fish list and written words detailing its habitat, and efforts to conserve it. Entries are categorized in four grade levels: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Educators nationwide utilize Fish On!, the full-color Fish Art Lesson Plan, integrating the disciplines of science and art. Entries are due postmarked or emailed by March 31st each year.

    About Wildlife Forever: Our mission is to conserve America's wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. Wildlife Forever is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to investing resources on the ground. Recent audits reveal that 94% of every dollar supports our award-winning conservation programs. Please, Join Today and learn more about the Fish Art Contest®, Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ and Prairie City USA® at


  • 23-Nov-2020 2:14 PM | Michael Brand

    In today’s current environment, our Scouts need to get into the Outdoors!

    As Merit Badge Counselors for Fishing, Fly-Fishing, and Fish and Wildlife Management, we have a unique opportunity to get these Scouts and their families outside.  How can we do this and keep you and the Scout Safe? We can do this by offering our Merit Badges in a Virtual Environment. 

    Earning Outdoor-oriented Merit Badge in a Virtual Environment:

    1.     Scouts may complete a portion of any merit badge online. Some outdoor-oriented merit badge requirements can be completed in a virtual environment.  These requirements include those that ask the Scout to; “Show,” “Demonstrate,”; “Describe, “Make,” or “List.”

    2.     Outdoor-oriented merit badges should require completion in an Outdoor Environment. 

    We are extending a personal invitation to;

    Training - Fishing Merit Badge Program Delivery-Virtual Environment

  • 22-Nov-2020 2:40 PM | Michael Brand

    My hope is you can fit this on your to-do list after Thanksgiving but before the New Year.

    Please review the piece tilted;

    Enhancing Angling Experiences-2021

    Thank you all for what you have done and what you will continue to enhance our Scout Fishing Experiences. 

    Until we meet again, wishing you tight-lines and Fish On!

    Michael Brand

    BSA National Sub-Committee-Fishing

    Task Team Lead - Marketing and Communication

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