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

    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 (Administrator)

    For a copy of the Spring CAI Newsletter 2019 Click Here

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

    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    For a copy of the Winter CAI Newsletter 2018 Click Here

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

    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.

  • 08-Jan-2019 9:46 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Read the latest edition of the  The Promise newsletter produced by members of the Central Region Outdoor Program Support Committee!

    Please find attached the Winter 2019 edition of The PromiseI hope you find it to be useful, and as always, please share it with any other people that are involved in outdoor programming. Volunteers and professionals come and go, so it can be challenging to keep up all the changes.


    The Central Region Outdoor Program Support Committee is again presenting two Outdoor Program Conferences, January 19th in Des Moines and January 26th in Indianapolis. There are registration links in the newsletter.

    We will have representatives from the National office to share the latest and greatest on Family Scouting and the exciting addition of young women to all levels of Scouting.  I hope you see many of you at this year’s conferences


    Thanks for all you do for Scouting in the Central Region.

  • 13-Dec-2018 9:35 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

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    Boy Scouts of America
    The latest National Outdoor Program Support Committee newsletter – Trail to Adventure, is linked below. Read all about many important program updates and information to support camping and outdoor programs in your council.
    Learn more about BSA Outdoor Programs.

  • 11-Dec-2018 5:09 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Certified Angling Instructor (CAI) Program

    Roundtable and Promotional Event Talking Points

    Thank you for the opportunity to invite you and members of your Council to attend the 2019 Certified Angling Instructor (CAI) program to be held at.

    This conference is facilitated by the BSA National Fishing Committee, with a focus on providing enhancements to your BSA Fishing Programs. Course will cover Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing Fishing Programs held at the Unit, District, and Council Level.

    Course delivers an understanding of the Mission and Vision of Outdoor Programs-Fishing, assisting in your efforts to “Deliver the Promise”. You will learn age based and skill appropriate fishing tools and techniques for your Scouts, ranging from the Cane Pole to Fly Fishing. The course highlights best practices on content delivery, in both the classroom and the field.

    Mission of the CAI Program:

    • To lead and guide BSA fishing programs to excel at rewarding all scouts with the best opportunity possible to learn and enjoy the sport of fishing.
    • Encourage and foster exceptional learning experiences through superior education, advancement, role modeling, and program and literature development.
    • Backstory:

    Boys Life magazine did a survey, asking boys:  What would you like to do in the outdoors?”

    • 87% of Cub Scouts want to go Fishing
    • 52% ask their families to go fishing
    • Only 35% of the Scout Units have fishing on their yearly calendar.


    • BSA National trained and certificated individual
    • Council advocate, resource, and leader trained to execute fishing, fly-fishing, and fish and wildlife programs
    • Trainer and role model who imparts the skills needed by Scouts to enjoy fishing adventures they will probably remember for the rest of their lives.
    • Recruitment and retention champion intent on training Scouting leaders and keeping all Scouts active and engaged.

    This is a good point to check in with you and answer questions.

    I will remain in the back of the room for a while to elaborate further if you would prefer. Also, we have provided additional fliers about the course in the back of the room and encourage you to take some home with you and share with your Packs, Troops, or Crews.

    Thank you for your time, as well as all you give for your Pack, Troop and/or Crew. 

    You are valuable and appreciated.

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