BSA Fishing
Certified Angling Instructors


  • 05-Feb-2020 10:42 AM | Michael Brand

    Would you like to have a Name Badge that promotes you as a BSA Certified Angling Instructor?  If so we may have a deal for you.

    Picture of Name Badge Click Here

    If interested email your personal information.  

  • 06-Jan-2020 10:31 AM | Michael Brand

    From the Desk of Ben Jelsema

    I have agreed once again to accept the leadership of the Jamboree Fishing Program.  This will be the 12th National Jamboree I have managed this fishing event.  Each was challenging and success was always been based on a dedicated staff, which were there for one reason – To provide very positive fishing experiences to our customers – The Scouts.  To this end, I invite you to be a part of our staff.


    Michael Brand will be our Vice-Lead. Michael brings strong management and communications skills.  Additionally many of our past leaders will return and others perhaps will accept an expanded role.

    Are you ready to “Face the Challenge”?  The National Jamboree Executive Committee has announced that registration is now open for older youth and adults to participate as Jamboree Service Team (JST) members.  Program options are available and I hope you might choose Fishing to positively impact Scouts and guests attending Scouting’s premier celebration.  Click this link to get started.

    There will be three JST sessions during the 2021 National Scout Jamboree to allow flexibility to desired applicants.  You will be able to select a session that best suits your schedule when applying to serve at the Jamboree. The following sessions will apply:

    Session 1 (July 17-24, 2021)

    Session 2 (July 24-31, 2021)

    Session 3 (July 17-31, 2021)

    Fees range from $450 to $895 with a deposit of $195 due at submission.

     The first 2021 Jamboree Service Team applications that sign-up and pay the deposit will receive the “Challenge Accepted!” temporary uniform patch.  (As shown below and if still available). 

    Once you sign-up your application goes through a review and approval by your council.  You will be ask to select your top three staff options. Many of us will select Fishing for all three.  Once an application is clear, it goes to the first option to accept.  We will move quickly for accepting qualified staffers.

    Last Jamboree we had 84 on staff and for 2021 we  have approval for a nice increase in order for our staff to have more time off to enjoy the Jamboree.  I now urge you the sign-up early and get a fellow Scouter to join you to staff fishing.


    C. Ben Jelsema                                          

    BSA National Outdoor Program Committee

    Chair, BSA National Fishing Committee

    BSA National Vietnamese Committee

    President’s Cabinet- Central Florida Council

    Chair, CFC High Adventure Committee

    USAngling Board of Directors

    Life Member - Trout Unlimited

    C. Ben Jelsema                                         407 491-2906

  • 31-Dec-2019 4:46 PM | Michael Brand

    December 31, 2019 · 5 min read

    As the year comes to an end, it’s always a useful exercise to take some time to review the past year Scouting and Angling Education Activities.  Reflecting on what happened during the year, what you accomplished, and what could have been done better will bring closure to the year and will also provide the space for valuable learning. It’s also a good idea to take some time to review the past before thinking about the year ahead.

    When you are ready to close the chapter of the prior year, you can move on to the future. Start with a clean slate, and create what you want in the following year. Anything goes: it’s your future. Don’t worry if the goals seem too lofty — with deliberate planning and execution, anything is possible.

    Review the Prior Year

    Schedule a time in your calendar to sit in a quiet place and reflect on the previous year.

    What happened during the year?

    Take a moment to take stock of the year. Reflect, and list everything that happened during the last 12 months. Include accomplishments as well as events that weren’t necessarily positive yet shaped you. Sometimes we focus only on achievements and failures, but circumstances that were out of our control are also important to recognize. All these events had an impact on you, and you may find underlying patterns or connections just from setting these down on paper.

    What did you learn from these events?

    Take a moment to review what worked and what didn’t work. Also, acknowledge how you grew and how you handled the events of the past year differently than you did in the past.

    What would you like to leave behind?

    Are there patterns, relationships, or activities that have outgrown their usefulness? The transition from the prior year to the New Year is an excellent time to release things that were maybe good for you in the past but are no longer relevant.

    What can you appreciate from the prior year?

    It’s always a good idea to be grateful. Even if your year was one that you would rather forget, there is always something you can be thankful for within.

    Give yourself ample time to review and analyze. Then, officially close your year. Once you are ready, it is time to move on to creating goals for the next year.

    Set Your Goals

    The next step is to visualize the future and set your goals for the following year.

    Where do you see yourself by the end of the year?

    Look ahead to the end of 2020. Where do you want to be? What have you accomplished? The future may not just include achievements,  the future you envision can also contain enhanced character traits, such as being kinder, or even lifestyle changes, like spending more time doing fun activities with your family.

    Separate your goals into categories: personal, work, health, and community. You may find you are setting too many goals in one given class and not giving enough attention to another one. The categories will help you create a more balanced future.

    When setting your goals, make sure they are measurable and attainable. Even if an intention is to be kinder or more spontaneous, how would that look? The goal could be to do one small, even invisible, act of kindness a day.

    Make a Plan

    From here, you can plan your year to ensure you will reach your goals. Work backward from the result, and see what actions you need to take to get there. Divide the year into quarters and months, if necessary, and define what milestones need to be accomplished at different points of the year. Deadlines make you more accountable and will make it more likely to reach all your goals.

    A key component is then making sure these milestones and actions are present in your everyday schedule or planner. Find the method that works best for you. A tactic that has worked for me is setting reminders for myself throughout the year that prompt me to review my goals and see how I’m doing. I also have reminders for the different actions I defined for myself, which help me ensure I am working on the goals during the year.

    Try an Impossible Goal

    Set an impossible goal for yourself: do something you have never done before. Impossible goals help you reach higher for something new and which otherwise might never happen. If you don’t seize the moment, time will keep on moving, and you might never try.

    Happy New Year! I wish you a year full of exploration, discoveries, and growth.

    Wishing you all the best as together we start this new decade.  FISH ON!

    Michael R. Brand

  • 02-Dec-2019 4:03 PM | Michael Brand

    Dear CAI Scouter, 

    We know you love to see kids fish. How about kids that have never seen a fishing pole? Or what about kids that are too poor to have ever had the opportunity to go fishing? Both are important objectives. Is it also important to preserve habitats for all wildlife, so that those resources will be available for our future generations?

    We believe all Scouts should have the opportunity to catch a fish, and hopefully, within a reasonable period of time! Would it also be important for that same boy or girl to have the opportunity to clean and eat a fish.... build self-confidence and survival skills? Just as important, maybe that same scout should experience the beauty of releasing a fish back into the wild for another day. To see their fish swim off safely and in good condition. Should they appreciate the beauty around them... appreciate the wonder that all nature has to offer? Do our scouts need to become future stewards of tomorrow’s planet? All good questions that deserve an answer!

    Our Founder, Baden Powell, was a pioneer of release fishing. He also believed a scout should be able to survive in adverse conditions. Just as important, he believed that a scout must appreciate his surroundings and then leave no trace behind. Is it our responsibility to strive for those goals for our young scouts?

    Will you help us with our objective to do just that?

    Perhaps, soon, in the not so distant future, we can reestablish healthy fishing lakes in summer camps. Maybe one day, we can provide camps that don’t even have a lake to fish in, a place for Scouts to compete for awards and merit badges. A place where Scouts can practice healthy conservation ethics.

    Please consider helping us and donate to our newly established donor advised fund to make these and other goals become a reality.  Every donation, no matter how small, will help tremendously. 

    All proceeds go directly to helping the boys and girls of Scouting. Here are the details on how YOU can help: So, please help with $25, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford. It’s not the amount.... it’s the commitment that counts! Thank you all.

    Make your checks payable to:

    Raymond James Charitable 

    On the FOR ________(line)

    Notate: BSA National Fishing Task Force, account # 180828  

    Mail to:

    Raymond James Charitable

    P.O. Box 23559

    St. Petersburg, FL 33742

    You should receive a thank you, acknowledgement and your tax-deductible letter within three weeks. The Our new finance committee has decided on the following gifting levels, with affordable recognition to follow: 


     Giving Level  Minimum  Maximum
     Bluegill  $25  $99
     Rainbow  $100  $499
     Steelhead  $500  $999
     Bonefish  $1,000  $4,999
     Silver King  $5,000  $9,999
     Pacific Sail  $10,000  $99,999
     Blue Marlin  $100,000  $249,999
     Grand Slam Master  $250,000  plus

    Fish On!

    C. Ben Jelsema

    Chairman –National BSA Fishing Task Force

  • 02-Oct-2019 12:49 PM | Michael Brand

    From the Desk of Ronald Killian II


    I'm personally inviting the lot of you to serve with me on the Venturingfest
    2020 fishing staff at the Summit Bechtel Reserve next summer. The dates are
    June 28th through July 3rd, 2020. The staff fee is $275.00 and the minimum
    age is 16.

    If you have any fellow CAI's who would love this opportunity, please ask
    them, and forward me their contact information. If you've never been to the
    Summit, this is a great time to see it.



    Ronald A. Killian II

    Central Region Area 4 Fishing Lead

    BSA Certified Angling Instructor #119

    Course Director

    Tel: (614) 843-5820

  • 27-Sep-2019 3:39 PM | Michael Brand

    Up dates  from our  I.G.F.A. Partners, we are very interested in hearing how you will incorporate in your Fishing Programs.   

    Intro to Fishing Module:

    This is a free, online learning module created for youth or for anyone knew to the sport. It takes ~ 2.5 hours to complete, but it can be broken up into chapters.

    Participants will learn more about what a fish is, where fish live, how to catch one, and how to do so responsibly. There are interactive videos and quizzes not only to educate but to inspire a child and the entire family to get back outside and go fishing.

    Every child who completes the Intro to Fishing learning module will be counted toward IGFA’s initiative to teach 100,000 youth around the world to fish.

    IGFA will be creating future learning modules to keep advancing the skills of any angler who is interested in learning more.

    *Note: parents who sign their child up to complete the Intro to Fishing learning module should sign up under the child’s name so that the correct name is put on the completion certificate.

    Michael Brand - Communications

  • 26-Sep-2019 1:20 PM | Michael Brand

    Many of you are affiliated with the BSA Central Region, some are not!.  I still wanted to share with you a copy of thee Central Region Outdoor Program Newsletter - The Promise

    It is the intent of the Central Region Outdoor Program Support Team (CROPS) to provide councils with information and tools to improve local outdoor program and help them to better deliver the Promise to Scouting.  

    I plan to share this newsletter every quarter for news from the National Service Center, highlights from the Outdoor Program Sub-Committees and dates of upcoming events.  

    Feel Free to distribute this to any interested Scouter and we hope this will be beneficial to your work in the Scouting Movement!

    Perhaps your Region has a similar Newsletter.   Please forward it to me and I will share to all CAI's and Angler Educators. 

    FISH ON!

    Michael R. Brand

  • 24-Sep-2019 8:15 AM | Michael Brand

    Are you a CAI located in the Central Region? If so this opportunity is for you!  If not you still are invited to attend the 2020 Central Region Outdoor Conferences.

    Bring a friend and share the experience!

    January 18, Maytag Center, 6123 Scout Trail, Des Moines, IA; or

    January 25, Camp Belzer, 6102 Boy Scout Rd, Lawrence, IN

    Once again in 2020, the Region Outdoor Adventure Group is proud to offer two conferences that provide you with shorter travel time and date options to help you attend and learn how to better serve youth in outdoors.

    These conferences are open to any Scouter or Scouting professional at all levels – unit, district, council, area, regional, or national – with an interest in Outdoor Programs, NCAP, and Resident Day Camp.

    There will be sessions exclusive to Cub Scouts in the outdoors and more session opportunities in 2020, specifically, a 2-block session for professionals and volunteers involved in Cub Scout Day Camp program.

    New this year, Scout executives can use courses from either conference for their Camp Rangers Continuing Education Hours credit.

    The 2020 conferences will be emphasizing sustainability. As part of this emphasis, we will not be providing coffee cups or bottled water, so be sure to bring your own coffee cup or refillable water bottle. We will “Do Our Best” to reduce our impact by recycling as much as possible.

    When registering, you will select four sessions (two in the morning and two after lunch) in order to obtain the full session menu and meet regional leaders of Outdoor Adventure.

    Information regarding the 2021 Scouts BSA Jamboree will be available, as well, with some exciting updates on how troops will be organized for the 2021 Jamboree at the Summit.

    Cost is $30 per person for food and materials. Field uniform is appropriate. Please share any dietary restrictions when you register online. Check-in opens at 7:30 a.m. local time and the conference opens at 8:45 a.m. Closing is around 2:30 p.m.

    Pre-registration is required; for Des Moines by January 12 and Lawrence by January 19. All fees are prepaid; no checks.

    Walk-in fee is $50, cash only. You will be notified by mail two days prior if cancelled due to inclement weather.

    Please click on one of the links below to register for the conference you will be attending:

    January 18 - Des Moines, IA

    January 25 - Lawrence, IN

  • 18-Sep-2019 12:11 PM | Michael Brand

    Just received word on this unique opportunity from our good friend Tony Forte, Member of the BSA National Fishing Sub-Committee, and President for USA Bass. 

    To view the US Angling Confederation Press Release,  click Press Release 

    Get your limited edition team hat before they sell out!

    Michael R. Brand - Communications

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