BSA Fishing
Certified Angling Instructors


  • 31-Jul-2020 7:01 AM | Michael Brand

    The Chairman of the BSA National Fishing Sub-Committee, Rick Kagawa, has scheduled a fireside chat for BSA Certified Angling Instructors and Angler Educators.

    His idea is to get input and information on what you need so we can prioritize these needs for action by the Sub-committee.  

    Rick has requested that you e-mail questions in advance, to before the call.

    The ones that submit them before the meeting will be answered first. So get your questions in TODAY!

    Michael Brand is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Topic: CAI Fireside Chat

    Time: Aug 14, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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  • 28-Jul-2020 5:27 PM | Michael Brand

    Spring and Summer 2020 Fishing season has nearly come and gone. 

    I am sure you will agree that we have had a strange year!  One that I hope never gets repeated!     

    I have been asked to develop a presentation for our Sub-Committee meeting coming up in early October.

    Presentation is to be Titled: Lessons Learned in 2020 - BSA Fishing Programs 

    I need your help! 

    Please provide Michael Brand with a brief summary, that describes how you, your fellow CAIs, MB Counselors, and Angler Educators  served the youth in your Council.  Specifically, what was done in 2020 to provide quality Fishing Programs during this Pandemic.  

    • How did your Fishing Programs evolve during 2020.  
    • Who was on your team?  Positions Held
    • What Programs did you focus upon and why?
    • Share success stories, and why do you believe they were successful.  
    • Share your challenges, what would you have done differently if you had to do it again?

    Presentation will also cover; 

    Ready your Council Camps in 2021 - BSA Fishing Programs 

    As we ramp up for Council Summer Camp Operations in 2021, please describe your plan to assist your Council.

    To achieve quality Fishing program delivery in 2021, please describe the key points that you feel need to be addressed prior to opening of camp next summer.

    Use these topics as a guide, but please feel free to add to listing and be specific.

    • Trained Leaders in Program Delivery
    • Proper Equipment and Maintenance 
    • Designed, Promoted, Planned, Staffed Program Opportunities
    • Shoreline Access Points well maintained.
    • Fishery Evaluation and Improvement

    Thank you in advance for your time spent on reflection and providing me with the gift of your feedback.  I cannot do this presentation without your input.  You insight is most desired and appreciated.  Until we meet again, wishing you all tightlines and FISH ON!

    Michael Brand - Region Fishing Programs - Vice Chair

  • 10-Jul-2020 2:40 PM | Michael Brand

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    You Don't want to miss this article. 

    Keeping Fishing simple, as the times they are a changing!

    You Don't want to miss this article  Thank you Tim Beaty!

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  • 17-Jun-2020 5:57 PM | Michael Brand

    From the Desk of Jim Ridgeway - 

    A Powerpoint Presentation for CAIs 

    Using Zoom for Online Courses 

    This should answer most of your questions on this latest craze call ZOOM Meetings and how you can use this tool for Virtual Learning, be it Merit Badges, Adult Trainings, and Angler Education Seminars.

    All questions and notes of thanks should be forwarded to Jim Ridgeway .

    Thanks Jim for doing providing a "Zoom for Dummies" presentation.  FISH ON! 

  • 09-Jun-2020 11:33 AM | Michael Brand

    The world has changed dramatically since March BSA issued guidance on COVID-19 to Scouts and Scouters, Units and Districts, and Councils meetings, events, and workshops. 

    At the time, there was tremendous uncertainty about the trajectory of the pandemic, only a small handful of states had issued restrictions on activities, and the Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had just announced blanket guidance on a national level. 

    Leadership felt it was the most responsible action to postpone or cancel official events until further notice. We have learned a lot since then.

    During the intervening time, states have taken varying approaches to deal with the pandemic, the outcomes of these distinctive measures have had differing effects, and there has been extreme variability on the impact to communities around the county and the world. CDC guidance has evolved to the point where it is now challenging to view blanket guidance as applicable to all states and communities around the country. It would not be reasonable to provide the same restrictions for rural Montana as metropolitan New York. 

    So where do we go from here? We know that people are excited to get back together with friends meetings, spend time on the water, and enjoy social events, but we need to be cautious. We now providing updated guidance that reflects the variability of circumstances based on geography, considers human health, and allows CAIs  to find ways to safely engage within their communities.

    ·  CAI must defer to the leadership, health experts, following official, location-specific state and local regulations provided by respective health departments. This may include recommendations regarding acceptability and size of gatherings, travel restrictions, use of personal protective equipment, social distancing guidelines, and other precautions.

    ·  CAI must defer to the Local Council, Local District, and Unit Specific guidelines.

    ·  It is further recommended that all event organizers wait at least 15 days from the announcement of relaxed restrictions to assess impacts before moving forward with activities. This allows time to assess whether these new restrictions adversely affect the COVID-19 case rate, and reduces the likelihood of planning an event only to cancel it due to adverse outcome.

    Here are some additional safety recommendations regarding local fly fishing, casting, tying or administrative events:

    ·  Please remember that all face to face gatherings carry risk, regardless of size, and assess that risk against the importance of the event. Airline travel to and from events may pose risk for many travelers and as well those in the destination community. Gatherings that can be accomplished by telephone and videoconferencing remain preferred.

    ·  Please request that potential participants exclude themselves if they have or may have been exposed to Covid 19 within 2 weeks prior to the event, have a pending Covid 19 test, or have symptoms such as fever or cough.

    ·  Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet apart from one another and wear facial coverings, even outside. Facial coverings really do reduce the spread of infectious respiratory droplets transmitted by speech (especially loud speech), cough and sneezing.

    ·  Frequent hand washing, use of hand sanitizers, and disinfectant wipes are an important part of reducing infection. 

    ·  Equipment, such as fly rods, fly tying materials, etc. should not be shared. If gear is shared for some unavoidable reason, it and the user’s hands should be disinfected after use with disinfectant wipes or 70% alcohol solution.

    ·  Participants at gatherings should bring their own snacks, food, and water. If a meal must be served, individual packaging (“box lunch”) is far safer than a buffet or “grab and go” scenario.

    Our Scout and their families are very important folks, we would never want any of our events or meetings to be the center of an outbreak of Covid 19.

  • 01-Jun-2020 4:47 PM | Michael Brand

    Great Fishing Basics (Fresh Water) aka Drowning Worms 101

    Fishing Basics consists of a Power Point presentation and a Instructor’s Guide to teach fresh water fishing. 

    It is appropriate for Cubs, Scouts and Venture Scouts. 

    This is hands on, group participation program which takes from an hour to an hour and a half to present.

    The program is designed to give a student who has never fished the skills and knowledge, both practical and ethical, to go to a pond  and be immediately successful. 

    It is expected that the instructor will schedule a follow up fishing trip to a pond to allow the Scouts to apply what they have learned.

    The Instructor’s Guide gives the leader a road map to present the course.

    A materials list is included at the end of the Instructor’s Guide

    Great Job by our Task Team! Members include;

    • Fred Monahan
    • Paul Minenna
    • Pete Adams
    • Ben Jelsema

  • 22-May-2020 12:52 PM | Michael Brand

    From our Partners at IGFA!

    I hope this e-mail finds you and members of your community safe and healthy.

    I apologize for the delay in this email, but the IGFA Headquarters had to modify plans for celebrating IGFA Day 2020 due to the current global pandemic. Instead of having a theme focused on youth angling education and promoting group gatherings, the theme has changed to focus on individual anglers. This only makes sense to promote the safety of all around the world while we celebrate our sport.

    You can find more information on this page of our website and more details will be coming next week, but here’s the update as of now.

    If you can help us spread the word or feature a story on your social media with the #igfaday2020 during June 1st and June 14th, that would be great in showing anglers around the world just how much fun recreational fishing is and will always be.

    Thank you!


    Lisa Morse

    Youth Education Manager
    International Game Fish Association
    300 Gulf Stream Way
    Dania Beach, FL  33004
    Ph: (954) 924-4340

  • 19-May-2020 1:36 PM | Michael Brand

    Are you a Merit Badge Counselor for Fishing or Fly Fishing or Both?  Have we got a surprise for you.

    Fresh off the press! Revised Merit Badge Counselor Guides for your use.  These guides provide you awesome information to be used when working with you Scouts.

    Click on the links below to access the file.

    Fishing MB Counselor Guide

    Fly Fishing MB Counselor Guide

    A sincere note of thanks should be sent to Peter Adams and his Task Team.  Super Effort!

    If you are not a merit badge counselor and are called to service by reading these guides, please call your local Council today!  The youth are deserving of your time, and the return of your investment of time is huge!

    Michael R. Brand  Communications

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