BSA Fishing
Certified Angling Instructors


  • 07-Feb-2018 11:49 AM | Michael Brand

    "We're Casting for Entries"

    in the 20th annual State-Fish Art Contest
    ... helping educators connect
    Science, Art and Kids
    to the watery world of fish!!!


    For more information please click here.

  • 24-Jan-2018 11:32 AM | Michael Brand

    On July 31, 1948, William “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt served as Scoutmaster at the first official Wood Badge course in the United States.

    Seventy years later, Wood Badge has grown into an essential training experience for adult volunteers. You’ll find proud Wood Badge alumni — myself included — in every council in the country.

    Celebrate the 70th anniversary of Wood Badge in the United States with a special award available only in 2018.

    The American Wood Badge Alumni 70th Anniversary Service Award can be earned by completing five of the nine requirements listed below. Think of this like a second, easier-to-complete Wood Badge ticket. (The actual Wood Badge ticket is a series of five projects that benefit local Scouting. After the in-person course, Wood Badgers complete these ticket items to receive their beads.)

    To receive the 70th Anniversary Service Award, you might participate in a;

    • council Wood Badge gathering
    • volunteer at a BSA training event (BSA Certified Angling Instructor Training Course, BSA Angling Educator Training Course, UOS Fishing Education Course preferred....  
    • donate $7 or $70 to your council’s Wood Badge scholarship fund,
    • become a member of Scouting Alumni and Friends.

    Applications must be completed by Dec. 31, 2018. Award recipients get a commemorative certificate and the special patch seen above.

    Michael Brand - Communications

  • 23-Jan-2018 5:52 PM | Michael Brand

    By introducing children to new experiences, the Cub Scouting program helps capture their creativity and encourage exploration. Cub Scouts offers many ways for kids to practice having low-tech fun: going on outdoor adventures, creating cars and rockets through derbies or helping the community through service projects. These experiences not only pay off in terms of development, but they also may start habits or hobbies that last for a lifetime!

  • 04-Jan-2018 10:15 AM | Michael Brand

    The National Fishing Task Force has been challenged to train 250 new BSA Certified Angling Instructors in 2018!  We have enthusiastically accepted the challenge, and we are confident that with your support, we can achieve this goal!

    As you well know, it takes many casts to land the elusive volunteer.  As such, it is imperative that our team is very intentional about filling these CAI training courses. This will require us all to build awareness of the scheduled national/regional courses, but more importantly making it a priority with your Unit/District/Council leadership to attend.  By doing so, we will help these Scouters reach shared Recruitment and Retention goals.

    Your direct support in building awareness of these program offerings is requested. 

    Also, getting others to assist in the recruitment of participants, is greatly needed.  Specifically, we would request assistance in reaching the following Unit/District/Council Volunteers.

    A sample message may be:

    Join us for a special weekend workshop version of the new Fishing Camp School training being taught at National BSA Fish Camp Schools.  Attendees will have the opportunity to earn the BSA Certified Angling Instructor recognition.

    The course is taught using the EDGE Method, in effort to provide the graduate the tools necessary to design, develop, and provide leadership to BSA fishing programs offered to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing Programs at a Unit, District and Council level.

    In addition, Certified Angling Instructors are considered to be great candidates for service as Merit Badge Counselors for Fishing, Fly Fishing, as well as Fish and Wildlife Management.

    For additional details please see attached flier.

    Look forward to seeing you at Training!

    Suggested communication channels may include; 

    • Wood Badge Staffs and Alumns 
    • Powder Horn Staffs and Alumns
    • Summer Camp Staff and Alumns
    • Cub Camp and District Day Camp Directors 

    Thank you in advance of your support efforts in 2018!  

    Michael Brand - Communications

  • 29-Dec-2017 11:19 AM | Michael Brand

    The National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) announced the following today.

    Fellow Central Region Area 7 Fishing Lead Steve Klubertanz and I will be presenting at the NPAA Annual Conference which has been a “can’t miss” event since 2009. The annual conference is held the first full weekend in January each year – it’s an unmatched opportunity to learn about the business side of the sport and to network with pro anglers who have had success on and off the water.

    The conference consists of educational breakout sessions on topics like taxes, insurance, social media trends and sponsor relations, with up-to-date, in-depth looks into each. Combine the opportunity to learn with the ability to network with fishing industry executives and other anglers, and you get an event that is unmatched in the fishing business all at a price that is half of what you would expect to pay.  For more details regarding this conference  visit

    This is a tremendous opportunity for BSA Fishing Programs to network and partner with Anglers in serving our Scouts.  Looking forward to our 2018 fishing programs where together, we hope to Hook many Scouts on the sport of Fishing, and making many First Catch experiences for our Scouts and their families.  Through outstanding outdoor program offerings, we hope to recruit and retain more Scouts and assist in achieving the aims of Scouting!

    Please consider making similar presentations to your local Fishing Clubs.  There are plenty of Anglers out there, we need to get them on the line and into the boat, and assist in our efforts to; #DELIVERTHEPROMISE.  #DARETODO!  #FISHON!  

    If you would like assistance in making this happen, please contact your Regional Fishing Chairman and or Area Fishing Lead.

    Wishing us all tight lines and full nets in 2018!  

    Michael Brand - Communications

  • 26-Dec-2017 9:19 AM | Michael Brand

    Hope your Christmas was a Merry one!

    Below is an opportunity for good fishing awareness and Scouts at all ages to show their artistic skills.  Please communicate this contest within your council.

    Merry Fishmas!

    Michael R. Brand - Communications Chair

  • 30-Nov-2017 2:18 PM | Michael Brand

    Below is an email from the Happy Salmon rep.  

    Please go to his site and vote for Happy Salmon to help them get the "Game of the Year".

    From: Edoardo Kulp [

    Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 5:35 PM

    I hope this note finds you well. If you recall, we met at the Jamboree back in July. I was the one with the Happy Salmon.

    I believe you were involved with the fishing crew during the Jamboree. I apologize for not knowing 100% - my computer crashed soon after the Jamboree and I lost many of my notes from my wonderful time there.

     Either way, I recall you being a fan of Happy Salmon and so I wanted to write you a quick note with some amazing news. Happy Salmon is up for The Toy Association’s Toy of the Year (TOTY) Award. The TOTY Awards are the “Oscars” of the game and toy business. Happy Salmon is up for “Game of the Year.” This is the first TOTY nod for our company in our 13 years of business, so as you can imagine, we are very excited. As the “father” of Happy Salmon, I am ecstatic!

     This year’s TOTY finalists were selected from over 600 nominees by a committee of retail buyers, journalists, bloggers, academics, and game inventors/designers, and are being voted on by both these industry experts and by consumers. And that is why I am reaching out…Can I burden you to take 1 minute and vote for Happy Salmon? The voting site for “Game of the Year” can be directly access here: Please note that you will have to enter your name and email, but that is only to validate the vote and to enter you into a sweepstakes to win all the games in the category. You will not be spammed (The Toy Association takes that VERY seriously.)

     I would love your vote, and it would be awesome if you can spread the news to your fishing and scouting crew too. Whatever you can do is greatly appreciated.

     Thanks, I still talk of my time at the Jamboree. I had such a great time meeting the kids, the leaders and staff. It was amazing!!

     All my best,  

    Edoardo Kulp

    Brand Manager and “Father of Salmons”

    North Star Games

    10605 Concord Street, Suite 205

    Kensington, MD 20895

    240-558-3850 (office)

    617-966-2959 (cell)

    HS TOTY Sig Graphic

    Michael R. Brand

    BSA National Fishing Task Force - Communications


  • 27-Nov-2017 9:17 AM | Michael Brand

    On November 15, the USDA Forest Service released Rise to the Future: National Fish and Aquatic Strategy. In the 30 years since the inception of Rise to the Future, the Forest Service’s and the conservation community’s understanding of the threats and stressors that need to be addressed to achieve successful fish conservation outcomes have changed. This updated strategy provides a vision of how the U.S. Forest Service will contribute to fish and aquatic stewardship in close collaboration with its cooperators and partners.

    The Forest Service has found that conserving healthy fish habitat and restoring aquatic resources is central to its mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Healthy streams, lakes, and rivers benefit Americans in a myriad of ways, from clean drinking water to diverse recreational opportunities.

    The agency’s sustainable, long-term approach to managing healthy watersheds and aquatic habitat supports vital recreational and commercial economies, providing many benefits to local communities, downstream cities, and the public. Fish and aquatic species are among the most endangered groups of organisms in the United States. National forests and grasslands provide more than half of the habitat for federally protected freshwater fishes, mollusks, and amphibians.  More than 220,000 miles of rivers and streams and more than 10 million acres of lakes, reservoirs, and ponds on national forests and grasslands provide a wide range of fishing opportunities for the American people.

    According to Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke, “This strategy will guide the Forest Service to work with our partners to sustain these valuable resources. Our work to protect, restore, and enhance natural resources has become increasingly integrated across Forest Service mission areas and disciplines and ever more collaborative. As we carry out this strategy, we will ensure that abundant fish and aquatic resources and healthy aquatic habitats are available for Americans to enjoy both now and for generations to come.”

    The strategy contains six priority goals:

    1. Conserve fish and aquatic resources.
    2. Connect people to the outdoors through fishing, boating, and other aquatic activities.
    3. Strengthen partnerships and work across boundaries.
    4. Deliver and apply scientific research.
    5. Build capacity through mentoring and training.
    6. Communicate the value and benefits of fish and aquatic resources.

    Science is the foundation for collaborative fish and
    aquatic stewardship.
    Credit: USDA Forest Service, Center for Aquatic Technology Transfer

    Each goal contains multiple objectives, providing a long-term foundation to address current and future challenges, including invasive species; impacts from drought, floods, and other extreme weather events; and increasing public demands on natural resources. The goals and objectives contained in this strategy will better enable the Forest Service to take advantage of new opportunities such as emerging research technologies and innovative and nontraditional partnerships.

    The Forest Service will work in cooperation with states, especially state fish and wildlife agencies, other federal agencies, and tribal governments and in partnership with nongovernmental organizations, private businesses, landowners, and water users and others to implement these near-term priorities. Each action is associated with a clear deliverable and timeframe.

    A team of nearly 60 participants updated the strategy including Forest Service personnel and representatives from the American Fisheries Society, American Sportfishing Association, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, National Fish Habitat Partnership, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, The Wilderness Society, and Trout Unlimited.

  • 22-Nov-2017 11:25 AM | Michael Brand

    After the BSA Board of Directors’ historic decision to welcome girls into Scouting many in the Scouting community had just one question: When can my daughter sign up?

    Other Scouters had more specific questions about the reasons for the move, implementation and rollout plan.

    On Oct. 30, Scouters were to submit their questions for BSA Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh. By the time they recorded the video last week, they had received more than 400 questions.

    Letters were then organized by topic and a representative sample of 22 questions were directed to our Chief.  He spoke openly and candidly for nearly 30 minutes.

    For the best experience, watch the complete video of the discussion below.

    But if you’re short on time, scroll for a question-by-question breakdown. They have included the video timestamp so you can jump directly to the answers that most interest you.

    BSA Chief Answers Your Questions About Welcoming Girls Into BSA Programs

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