BSA Fishing
Certified Angling Instructors


  • 17-Sep-2019 3:36 PM | Michael Brand
    • Each scout who completes his or her Fishing Merit Badge or Fly Fishing Merit Badge can obtain a Certificate of Recognition and will be counted towards IGFA's Youth Education Initiative to teach 100,000 youth around the world to fish.

      • Share your Certificate!

      Directions for Scouts who have earned fishing-related awards:

    1. Go to:

    2. Sign up for free with your name and a contact email. *Parents/Guardians: make sure to sign up using the Scout’s name to be sure the correct name is on the Certificate of Recognition.

    3. Complete a short survey.

    4. Get your certificate.

    5. Download and share your certificate on social media. #fishon, #firstcatch, and #fishigfa.

    Directions for Scouts who attended the spin fishing or fly fishing activities during the 24th World Scout Jamboree:


    1.       Go to:
    2.       Sign up for free with your name and a contact email.
    3.       Complete a short survey.
    4.       Get your certificate.
    5.       Download and share your certificate on social media. #wsj2019, #wsjfishon, #firstcatch, and #fishigfa.

    Share your Certificate!

    #firstcatch and #fishigfa

    Sign in, complete a quick survey, and download your very own Certificate of Recognition from the IGFA! (Note: make sure to sign in under the scout's name, but parents may need to use their email address.) Don't forget to share your accomplishment in the field of angling and a photo of your "First Catch" on social media!

    Please share this email with all your Scouting Contacts.

    Michael R. Brand - Communications

  • 03-Sep-2019 10:47 AM | Michael Brand

    The August issue of IGFA’s International Angler came out right before IGFA team members all left to prepare for Dorian.

    You can find the article about the World Scout Jamboree in there.

    FISH ON!

    Michael R. Brand 

  • 21-Aug-2019 11:47 AM | Michael Brand


    IGFA & Boy Scouts of America Partner on Youth Education

    The Summit Bechtel Reserve, West Virginia – July 31, 2019  The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) recently announced a new partnership focused on youth angling education during the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

    A recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlines the organizations’ shared objective of introducing youth to the joys of fishing and educating them on how to be ethical anglers and stewards of the environment. Specifically, the MOU describes how the IGFA will work with the BSA on developing and executing their angling-focused programs by sharing youth education curricula and materials as needed. Additionally, all scouts who complete their BSA Fishing and Fly-Fishing Merit Badges will be included in the IGFA’s initiative to teach 100,000 kids to fish and will receive a custom certificate from the IGFA.

    “Establishing meaningful partnerships with longstanding and reputable organizations like the Boy Scouts of America provides us with a great opportunity to expand the reach and impact of our youth education initiatives,” said IGFA President Nehl Horton. “We look forward to working closely with the BSA to accomplish the important work of developing the next generation of ethical anglers.”

    The BSA’s fishing programs have expanded greatly since the implementation of the Certified Angling Instructor (CAI) initiative, which began just ten years ago.  There are now almost 1,500 CAIs trained to bring Scouting youth better opportunities to learn and enjoy fishing. The IGFA was instrumental in launching the CAI program nearly ten years ago. To date, the BSA has awarded over two million Fishing Merit Badges and the program continues to be among the most popular of the non-required merit badges.

    “We are very happy to again work together with IGFA to reach common goals by introducing fishing to the Scouting youth,” said BSA National Fishing Committee Chairman Ben Jelsema. “These Scouts will enjoy learning the art of fishing while becoming environmentally responsible.”

    The announcement of this new partnership comes as the IGFA participates in fishing activities that are taking place during the 24th World Scout Jamboree, an event which brings together 46,000 Scouts from 167 different countries around the world. Stay tuned for more collaboration between the IGFA and BSA as this MOU begins to take effect.

    About the IGFA

    Founded in 1939, The International Game Fish Association is a nonprofit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making, record keeping and recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the field of angling. The IGFA maintains world records in freshwater, saltwater, fly-fishing and junior angler categories. The IGFA has members in more than 100 countries.

    About the BSA

    The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the largest Scouting organizations in the United States of America and one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with more than 2.4 million youth participants and nearly one million adult volunteers. The BSA was founded in 1910, and since then, more than 110 million Americans have been participants in BSA programs at some time. The BSA’s goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations.


  • 18-Jun-2019 3:29 PM | Michael Brand

    Engaging Kids with the 'Lure' of Angling

    A big challenge for many R3 agencies and organizations is effectively engaging the next generation of anglers. One solution is Into The Outdoors, a new innovative program that’s giving the entire R3 community free educational media that connects with today’s youth and empowers kids to make decisions about outdoor pursuits in three ways: online media, television, and peer-driven classroom learning.
    This new program, Getting Families Fishing, has been created and distributed by the Emmy-winning Into the Outdoors Education Network through a partnership with the Future Angler Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing sportfishing across the country. Funded by a multi-state conservation grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the series is producing four new television programs and 16 angling education classroom videos. The series is already broadcasting on syndicated television across multiple states, plus airing the shows 24/7 on five national digital channels. PBS affiliates have even noticed the new series, and with the free national offering, have started airing the shows in some markets.


    “With FWS funding, this entire program provides a one-two punch that gets kids interested in angling pathways,” says Dan Bertalan, Director of the Into the Outdoors Education Network. “Multiple channels on the entertainment network can get millions excited about fishing. And when they return to school this fall, teachers nationally will have free online access to the 16 classroom videos and hands-on angling lesson activities.”

    Learn More
    Upon completion, the new television shows and classroom videos will feature kids fishing with family and friends in:
    • Florida Fishing Fun
    • Wild About Walleyes
    • Crazy for Crappies
    • Busting Big Bass
    These full half-hour television shows are freely available to all state and federal agencies, R3 organizations and even corporations and other outdoor television shows via FTP upload. All of the classroom videos and angling lesson activities will be available on, the national portal for outdoor education and entertainment. All media and educational content will also be featured on Kidsfishing.US.

    For more information, email or go to

  • 12-Jun-2019 4:15 PM | Michael Brand

    For a copy of the Spring CAI Newsletter 2019 Click Here

  • 20-Apr-2019 9:27 AM | Michael Brand

    For an article written by Western Region Area #6 Fishing Lead, Stan Wright, CAI Please follow the links below for the select pages of the Wawaii Fishing News 2019.

    FISH ON!



  • 18-Apr-2019 9:48 AM | Michael Brand

    Many of you know CAI Tim Beaty as he serves on the BSA National Fishing Committee, and is the Western Region Fishing Chair.

    In addition to this service, Tim has and continues to provided leadership to the W.T. Hornaday Award Program National Jamborees, NOACS, and the hugely successful Arrow Corps. 5 Conservation Project.

    Tim was honored tonight and made an Honorary Member of the Camp-Fire Club of America. Founded in 1897 by some of our earilist conservationists including such people as Ernest Thompson Seton, Daniel Carter Beard, William T. Hornaday, Gifford Pinchot, and others. They have been one of the forces behind many of the major conservation efforts throughout the past century.  Congrats Tim, clearly your leadership, commitment, your passion, and actions reflect why you were chosen. This is so well deserved!

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  • 12-Apr-2019 8:18 AM | Michael Brand

    Congratulations to the Graduates!

    CAI Graduation Photos

    BSA Certified Angling Instructor Course Camp Mitigwa - Mid-Iowa Council April 5-7, 2019

    Here is another video with the final photos and aerial footage from Mid-Iowa's CAI last weekend. I hope you enjoy it. :)

  • 05-Mar-2019 5:23 PM | Michael Brand

    For a copy of the Winter CAI Newsletter 2018 Click Here

  • 06-Feb-2019 2:32 PM | Michael Brand

    Follow this link to the podcast I did with WEFISHASA a couple of weeks ago.
    Click here

    It can be heard at our website -, via 
    Stitcher Radio, Spotify and iTunes/Apple Podcasts.

    His interview starts at the 16.00 Minute mark.

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