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BSA National Outdoor Program Conference Set To Begin

10-Oct-2015 4:00 PM | Michael Brand

Boy Scouts of America 

2015 National Outdoor Conference

Will be held October 14-18, 2015 – Philmont Scout Ranch

It’s Scouting’s largest get‐together of volunteers and professionals charged with delivering the world’s greatest outdoor program for youth!  It’s four days of back country excursions, group sessions, outstanding keynote speakers, outdoor vendor exhibits, clean mountain air, sessions with camping and outdoor experts, some fun competition, special program opportunities, great music, and fellowship with Scouting’s top outdoor leaders.  

Fellow Scouters and outdoor enthusiasts from across the country are gathering to learn new methods, share ideas,and check out the latest in outdoor gear and programs. It is the place to be if you are involved with outdoor programs in any way.

Members of the National Fishing Task Force will be sharing best practices in the following areas.

Cub Scout Fishing Seminar: 2 hour session - Running Cub fishing events for units and councils. Features 5 Cub Scout Fishing Modules; Organizing an Outing / Den & Pack Opportunities / Where to Get Help / Day Camp Fishing & Selecting Proper Equipment, plus Participating in “Back Yard Bass” instruction game. 

Boy Scout Fishing Seminar – 2 hour session includes the new “Complete Angler Award” & the new “Fishing Program Features” publication. Learn how to enhance fishing opportunities for Scouts with rewarding advancement and enjoyment.

Venturing Fishing Seminar: 2 hour session - A workshop on developing exciting Venturing fishing events including weekend and High Adventuring fishing experiences; also how to develop crews with a fishing focus. Make Fly-fishing, salt water kayak fishing or Bass competition options. How about fishing Alaska or the Bahamas. 

Camp Fishery Management: An important seminar dealing with improving camp fisheries. Includes working with local and state agencies plus local fishing organizations to provide the best ideas for development, maintenance and improvements to your camp fishing waters. A quality camp fishing lake or pond should provide a scout a reasonable chance to catch a fish within 30 minutes. 

Hornaday Award Programs – Happy 100th anniversary to the Hornaday Award! Learn about these often-misunderstood but highly prestigious BSA awards for conservation. Find out how your council can improve and promote this experience for your Scouts. Check out the tools to help earn and manage the awards. 

An array of exciting and informative options is available on Friday, October 16, to see and experience Philmont and New Mexico. Half-day trips offer participants a variety of options, including visiting local museums or sightseeing such as:

Fly‐Fishing. Those interested in fishing for trout along the Rayado Creek will enjoy fishing like Waite Phillips did and imagine that they are experiencing life like the movie “A River Runs Through It.” Instruction will be available for 10 those who have never attempted fly‐fishing. Equipment will be provided, or you may bring your own. Licenses may be purchased at the Tooth of Time Traders. Half-day afternoon trip offered. 

Self-Paced Program Opportunities Open in evenings after sessions are also available.

Fly-Casting & Fly-Tying instruction. Learn to cast and tie flies. It will help you with doing a better job at fishing as well as teaching your Scouts how to fish. 

Wishing the team of Certified Angling Instuctors tight lines and FISH ON!

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