• 06-Oct-2016 11:36 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    As a BSA Certified Angling Instructor, you may qualify to be a Merit Badge Counselor for Fishing, Fly Fishing, and Fish & Wildlife Management Merit Badges.  

    The latest news from Scouting magazine's blog for adult leaders, as written by By Bryan Wendell on Oct 6, 2016 provides a Step by Step Instructions on: How to be a merit badge counselor click here Step by Step Guide


    The Essentials of Merit Badge Counseling 

    This PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes covers the required procedures for merit badge counseling, clarifies the role of counselors in the BSA advancement program, and discusses the appropriate approaches to use in working with Scouts. It is intended as an instructor-led presentation to counselors of any experience level and takes 60 to 90 minutes to complete.  to access Power Point Presentations 

    Note: Please make sure you check with your Local BSA Council.  Council Requirements may differ from National Requirements.  

    I encourage you to get registered as a Merit Badge Counselor in your local Council.

    Thanks for all that you do for the Scouts! 

    Michael Brand - Communications

  • 28-Sep-2016 10:27 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Central Region - Outdoor Program Support Team - Fishing Program 

    We are please to report that BSA Certified Angling Instructors Robert Quam and James Ridgeway have agreed to serve as the Central Region - Outdoor Program Support Team - Area Fishing Leads.  Robert will serve as the Area #3 Lead, and James will serve as Area #6 Lead.

    They will be joining a high performance team of Fishing Leads in the Central Region led my Michael Brand Fishing Chairman.  Together this team has been extremely successful in training Scouters as Certified Angling Instructors and providing Fishing Programs to thousands of Scouts at all levels of Scouting. See below for a complete listing of Central Region Area Fishing Leads, see Central Region-Area Leads-Fishing

    Did you know that the General Duties of a Area Lead - Fishing include:

    • Provide active positive support to the mission of the Region - Outdoor Programs Support Team and the Region Fishing Chairman.
    • Build awareness, within the Area, of the benefits of High quality fishing programs on Scout recruitment and retention
    • Build awareness, within the Area, of the detriments of Low quality fishing programs on Scout recruitment and retention
    • Provide guidance and support in the development of Scouters who have an interest in providing quality fishing programs
    • Provide guidance and support to quality fishing programs addressing the needs of all Scouts in the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing program
    • Provide guidance and support to quality fishing programs offered at the Unit, District, Council, and Area level
    • Identify, recruit, and provide recommendation of high quality talented Scouters willing to commitment volunteer service as Council Leads – Fishing within the Area. These recommendations will be made to the Council Outdoor Program Chairman or Council Program Director.
    • Provide support and provide guidance to the Council Leads – Fishing within the Area, providing Scouters with meaningful service opportunities and are of value.  Further, fostering a quality volunteer experience, improving Scouter retention

    Does your Region/Area have a Fishing Lead? 

    For a complete listing of Area Fishing Leads by Region click here

    Central Region-Area Leads-Fishing

    Northeast Region-Area Leads-Fishing

    Southern Region-Area Leads-Fishing

    Western Region-Area Leads-Fishing

    If you discover that you have no Area Lead in your specific Region/Area, that means the position is currently UNFILLED.  I encourage you to consider if this is an opportunity for service may be right for you!  

    Please review the job duties above and register your interest in service as a Area Fishing Lead.  Please address your correspndence to your Regional Fishing Chairman today!  For a complete listing of Regional Fishing Chairman, click here Regional Fishing Chairman 


    Michael Brand - Communications

  • 27-Sep-2016 4:06 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Agreement will bring awareness to the Take Me Fishing campaign and to fishing opportunities on U.S. Forest Service land

    ALEXANDRIA, VA (September 27, 2016) - The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced it has entered into a new cooperative agreement with the U.S. Forest Service. Through the agreement, the Forest Service will help provide funding for the Take Me Fishing™ campaign while RBFF will promote the available fishing opportunities on or near U.S. Forest Service lands.

    "The U.S. Forest Service manages some of this nation's most pristine lands, and the fishing is top-notch," said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. "This new agreement allows us to bring more recognition to these great fishing opportunities, helping to bring new anglers and boaters to the water, generating more funds for conservation programs."

    More than 193 million acres of forest and grasslands are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, and their programs reach millions of Americans, whether directly or indirectly, through partnerships. However, younger, more diverse audiences are underrepresented on U.S. Forest Service lands, all while the general population is becoming more diverse by the day. RBFF will help address this issue by reaching out to, and encouraging, diverse communities to enjoy these resources through awareness and conservation education through its Take Me Fishing and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns and websites.

    "The National Forests belong to every American and we are glad to work with the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation to connect people to these lands to enjoy and help conserve for the future," said Forest Service Deputy Chief Leslie Weldon. "Our National Forests provide many benefits including clean water, clear air and a great outdoor experience."

    "Reaching out to new, diverse audiences fits right in with our 60 in 60 goal, which this cooperative agreement will go a long way in helping to realize," added Peterson.

    In addition to the promotion of recreational fishing on U.S. Forest Service lands, RBFF will assist with providing fishing gear for youth in need. The U.S. Forest Service will actively participate in RBFF's 60 in 60 campaign through the new five-year cooperative agreement.


    About the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF)
    RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation's aquatic natural resources. RBFF developed the award-winning Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns to create awareness around boating, fishing and conservation, and educate people about the benefits of participation. Take Me Fishing and Vamos A Pescar help boaters and anglers of all ages and experience levels learn, plan and equip for a day on the water. The campaign websites,, and , feature how-to videos, information on how to get a fishing license and boat registration, and an interactive state-by-state map that allows visitors to find local boating and fishing spots.

    About the United States Forest Service
    The mission of the Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the Nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.

  • 24-Aug-2016 8:43 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    A quick up date on National Scout Jamboree 2017 to be held at SBR.

    As of today, we have nearly 70% of our Fishing Staff registered for the National Scout Jamboree.  Meaning we have about 25 staff positions to fill. We would like to fill these positions in the next 30 days.  If you have not submitted your application for Staff for the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, we ask that you do so now.  

    If you have submitted your application, and you have been confirmed for service, I would like to encourage you to invite a fellow Scouter to share your Jamboree / CAI experience. They need not be a CAI, but consider this an opportunity to recruit a future CAI.

    Please be aware that you should have your BSA membership number handy in order to complete the application.   If you have multiple numbers, please know that the number you use for Registration will also eventually be the one that will be tied to your BSA Health & Medical Record (when the time comes to electronically submit these forms).  Also have your credit card available in order to make your $150 deposit.

     Below is the link to the 2017 National Scout Jamboree Staff Application:

     2017 Jamboree STAFF Registration

    Once on the website’s landing page, select “REGISTER NOW” to begin your application (see below),


    Please also note your CAI #!

    If you really want to serve on the fishing staff, please list Fishing as your 1,2,and 3 choice!

    Please note that applications must go through a membership verification process prior to Council approval.  This is expected to take several months and we appreciate your patience as we move everyone’s applications along.

    We are excited and hope you are too!  We thank you, in advance, for your generosity of time, talent and effort as is needed to “Live Scouting’s Adventure”.


    C. Ben Jelsema

    National BSA Outdoor Program Committee
    Chairman, BSA's National Fishing Committee
    Group Leader, Merit Badge Maintenance Task Force                                 407 491-2906 

  • 24-Aug-2016 8:19 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Not sure if you knew that the TFO Scout Series Instructor Kits Scout Rod Flier Version 2 (1).pdf also included the added benefit of a TFO No-Fault Warranty in the U.S.  

    If your TFO Rods are broken / damaged please visit TFO Warranty and Repair Information

    Register Your Fly Rods Online ›

    To use the TFO No-Fault Warranty in the U.S., simply send the entire rod to TFO address in Dallas, TX.  You must send in the entire rod as TFO does not sell individual sections.  Once it arrives, TFO will re-fit a new section to the rod and inspect the remainder for any additional damage or wear.

    TFO recommends using a carrier that provides tracking information in case of a problem. Make sure to include a note with your return shipping / contact information and a check for $30 (per rod). Failure to include the proper return shipping information may result in additional fees. 

    The repaired rod will be shipped back to you within a few days of receipt. Blanks sections (as appropriate) will be replaced and returned with related hardware and finishings from broken sections. 

    This warranty is limited to the blank on custom TFO rods and does not cover flagrant abuse of the product. International warranties have different requirements. 

    Please contact TFO   Kim Penick for more details on this great program offering.

    *It is not advised to send personal rod tubes, rod/reel carriers or any other perosnal items with your rod. TFO is not liable for the safe return of those items. Please ship your rods in a standard cardboard tube/triangular box availible from UPS, USPS, FEDEX, etc.

  • 18-Jul-2016 10:13 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Several years ago I was working with some folks associated with Missouri Clean Stream. They provided me the materials necessary to build a half a dozen of these PVC fishing line collection tubes that I placed at S-F Scout Ranch and the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation here in Missouri.

    This past weekend, I discovered another CAI - Michael Scherer working on a similar projects in Texas.  We both agree that we should share with you the details of the program in an effort to prevent monofilament line from becoming the next invasive in your community.

    We both consider this Conservation Project appropriate for Scouts at all levels, and can be easily matched with their age and skill set.  For a complete click MONOFILAMENT Collection Tube Design_Ver 4.1_2016_TEXAS.PDF

    The project provides an excellent opportunity for youth leadership development, offering many challenges and will provide lasting impact in the community.  The shared vision includes; Venturers leading Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts leading Cub Scouts.

    The project also provides an excellent opportunity for the Scouts to build awareness of environment issues associated with Fishing, showcase youth Conservation Stewardship efforts, and demonstrate to the community that Scouts are answering the call to service. 

    This conservation project maybe a perfect project for a Scout that;

    • is working on MB requirements for Fish and Wildlife Mgmt. or others
    • is a Life Scout searching for meaninful, high impact Eagle Scout Project
    • is a Venturer working on the Ranger Award
    • an Order of the Arrow Lodge Service Chairman searching for a Winter Service Project Idea

    Think of the all the positive outcomes that become available if the Scouts built one of these and placed on the shores of your;

    •  Council Properties
    •  Community Lakes, Ponds, Rivers, and Streams
    •  Bait and Tackle Store Fronts

    Can we make a difference?  #DARETODO  

  • 27-May-2016 10:46 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Our friends at TFO asked that I provide to you an update regarding the success and challenges experienced with the Temple Fork Outfitters Scout Series Instructor Kit orders and deliveries.  

    TFO team has been doing their very best to keep up with demand. The response from CAIs to this offer has been quite positive.  In fact, it was so positive, CAIs orders outstripped the available inventory.  TFO has increased its production in an effort to catch up with CAI demand. TFO received 25 kits in May.  TFO is expecting 50 Kits in June, and 25 Kits in July.  

    Point of interest, several Scout camps, including Philmont Scout Ranch, and others requested rods kits for 2016 summer camp operations.  These high volume camp orders required higher priority than individual orders due to quantity of Scouts benefiting from the equipment.  As such Camps were shipped ahead of individual CAI orders.  We apologize for the delays, but we hope that you understand. 

    Regarding the actual equipment, CAI reviews are quite positive, rods have found to be perfect for anglers of all skill levels, provide smooth casting and and are very easy to load. The NXT LA reel has been found to be an excellent choice, especially the adjustable disc drag and easy right/left had conversion.  

    TFO has indicated that as rod kits are received from the manufacturer, they will continue to fill individual orders on a First In First Out basis.  That means that orders placed in March will be shipped ahead of orders placed in April.  

    On a similar note, several CAI preferred pricing items are shipped by our National Fishing Chairman Ben Jelsema.  You may not know that Ben is a volunteer and a one man operation. He and I both wanted you to know that his availability to ship orders will be restricted over the next 6 weeks due to CAI and family events.  

    In both cases, your patience is most appreciated and always remember a Scout is Courteous!

    Wishing you all the very best this holiday week-end, may you have tight lines and FISH ON!

    Michael Brand - Communications

  • 25-Apr-2016 12:08 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Michael Scherer on being awarded the  TP&W Angler Education Area Chief Platinum Award.


    Michael has  trained and certified over 200 people in less than 2 years.

    Many of the adults are Texas State Park employees, Boy and Cub Scout leaders, Teachers, and Community educators.


    He has enjoyed running over 161 fishing events over these last 2 years and looking at a full schedule ‘til the end of 2016.


    This is an amazing program for Texas, and one that helps teaches basic fishing and fly fishing. But is also helps us bring Fishing back to the families.



    (L) Greg Akins (TP&W Angler Education), Michael Scherer (VP Operations, Fishing’s Future), Karen Mark (TP&W Aquatic Education Manager)




  • 11-Mar-2016 8:19 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    We serve many roles as a BSA Certified Angling Instructor.  One of our roles is to build awareness of the opportunities and the benefits achieved by a high quality fishing program offering at the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing Programs. We also try to build awareness of the opportunities and the benefits that can be provided by activities run at Unit, District, Council, and Regional Levels.  

    At the recent Fishing Task Force Meeting we discussed the following document titled: The Case for Boy Scouts Fishing Program.pdf

    We encourage you to share this piece with other Scouters within your Unit, District, Council, and Region.  By building awareness in others, of the opportunities and benefits achieved through a high quality fishing program, we should be provided increased program opportunities.  

    Increased program opportunities will lead to greater impact to Scouts and Scouters as together we strive to achieve the Aims of Scouting.  FISH ON!

    Michael R. Brand - Communications

  • 09-Mar-2016 4:36 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    The BSA National Fishing Task Force,  had a very productive meeting this past week. Several important opportunities were identified.  At this time, I would like to share just one of those exciting opportunities. Others will be forth coming. 

    We have agreed to offer a CAI Course Director Conference. This Conference will be held at Philmont Training Center during Week #1 Session. 

    As this is a recent addition to PTC, the brochure developed does not include this new Conference offering.  In any event, the   Philmont Training Center 2016 Brochure  may prove helpful in providing you details for consideration.   For more specific Conference Registration details, please check with Philmont Training Center.

    Members of the Fishing Task Force believe the conference will be helpful to CAI Course Directors, both past and future.  

    If you are interested in attending the CAI Course Directors Conference, or know of some who should, please extend an invite.  All interested parties should contact Ben Jelsema.

    If your council is wanting to host a CAI Training Course, please invite their director choice to the Conference and if director choice is not yet a CAI  these Scouters should be encouraged to take a CAI course prior to attending the Conference.  

    If you have any questions please contact me, until we meet again, wishing you all Tight Lines and FISH ON!

    Ben Jelsema

    National BSA Outdoor Program Committee
    Chairman, BSA's National Fishing Committee
    Group Leader, Merit Badge Maintenance Task Force                            407 491-2906

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