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

    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 (Administrator)

    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.

    https://igfa.org/igfa-day/igfa-day-2020/


    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
    lmorse@igfa.org

    www.igfa.org

    https://learn-to-fish.igfa.org/courses/intro-to-fishing


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

    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


  • 18-May-2020 8:24 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    SUMMARY

    As Scouting moves to virtual and online platforms, we offer the following reminders to help keep kids safe. The below guidance applies to all online Scouting activities and meetings.



    Note: Some states may have legal requirements that differ from, and even go beyond, what is provided here. It is your responsibility to check and abide by your state laws and consult your local council when reviewing and applying the following guidance, which is not comprehensive.


    https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/digital-safety-and-online-scouting-activities/




  • 18-May-2020 7:12 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    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. https://jamboree.scouting.org


    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.


     he 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.

    Ben

    C. Ben Jelsema                                          

    BSA National Outdoor Program Committee


  • 09-May-2020 2:00 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    The Chairman of the BSA National Fishing Sub-Committee, Rick Kagawa, has scheduled a fireside chat for CAIs?

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

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

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

    Topic: CAI Fireside Chat
    Time: May 17, 2020 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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  • 08-May-2020 4:02 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    From the Desk of Rick Kagawa:


    First and foremost, I hope you and your family are continuing to stay safe and healthy during this pandemic.  


    I am sure that you are tired of hearing about the pandemic but, these last few months will change how Scouting operates going forward. I speak on behalf of all us, we want Fishing to stay relevant inside of BSA.


    I know some of you have been offering fishing and fly fishing merit badges online. Members of the National Fishing Sub-committee applaud those efforts as you continue to Deliver the Promise!  Way to be innovative!


    We would like to find out what you are doing and how you are doing it.  We will be compiling your best ideas to form a format for all CAIs to offer to their Scouts.


    Please send us your ideas, comments and concepts directly to me , rkagawa@thekhome.com.



    Please stay safe and healthy during these challenging times.


    Rick Kagawa - Chairman BSA National Fishing Sub-Committee



  • 07-May-2020 12:22 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    From the Desk : Rick Kagawa, National Fishing Sub-Committee Chair 


    What makes fishing such a great outdoor activity? Click the link below to find out.


    https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/trail-to-adventure/why-fishing-is-my-tool/


  • 02-May-2020 8:12 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Venturefest 2020 - Update 05 01 2020

    it is with deep sadness we inform you that VenturingFest 2020 has been cancelled due to local and state COVID-19 restrictions. Because so many VenturingFest activities are group-oriented, it will not be possible to hold or reschedule the event this year, and it will not be rescheduled for 2021 as the focus will be on Venturing attendance at the 2021 National Jamboree.

    Any additional updates and communications will be posted through www.summitbsa.org/venturingfest


    National Order of the Arrow Conference - Update 05 01 2020

    https://noac2020.org/noac-update/


    Philmont Response to COVID-19 - Update 05 01 2020

    https://www.philmontscoutranch.org/coronavirus/


    Northern Tier’s Response to COVID-19 - Update 05 01 2020

    http://www.ntier.org/Covid-19/


    Sea Base Response to COVID-19 + Update 05 01 2020

    https://www.bsaseabase.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Sea-Base-Coronavirus-Update-05.01.2020.pdf


    What will be your Response?

    What is your action plan to deliver the promise in these challenging times to our youth ?

    Please share your plans and success stories on Facebook. 

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/158259084216293/


    Be well, and until we meet again continue to FISH ON!

    Michael R. Brand


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