You will learn a lot about fish and how to catch them while
earning this merit badge. You might catch them for fun and “sport,”
or to eat. Fishing can become a lifetime pursuit, like golf
or tennis. You will learn about many kinds of fish, along with
many ways to catch them. There are always new challenges in
fishing, and always more to learn. This is one merit badge you
are sure to enjoy earning from the very start.
Please arrive at check-in by 8:00 am at the MAIN pavilion for
the daily briefing and look for the fishing MB table. Fishing
merit badge participants are not required to take the swimming
test because we will not be on or in the water. We are fishing
from the shore. The sooner you can get through the workbook
session of the class, the more fishing you will be able to do.
Because this is a fishing merit badge class, there's really
no way to know if the fish will participate and that is normally
the most challenging part of the class.
Class will run from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. You will check in at
the MAIN pavilion at 8:00 am then go over to the fishing MB
classroom to start. The fishing may be done first from 8:30
am – 11:30 am, then lunch from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm, then book
work in the classroom from 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm. This depends
on the weather and fishing reports. If fish are caught, you
will clean, cook and if you so choose eat them. You will clean
and prep the fish and cook it over coals from 3:30 pm - 4:30
pm. Class will be dismissed by 5:00 pm.
You should bring a signed blue card, a packed lunch, completed
workbook and any fishing gear that you would like to use. Fishing
gear is available if needed. You will be fishing with cut up
hot dogs pieces or other bait. You may bring your own bait like
worms as it works well.
If you are able to catch fish, clean and cook them, complete
all the workbook then you will complete the whole merit badge.
All scouts and parents staying must wear closed toe and heeled
shoes. No crocks, sandals or flip flops are allowed. You will
be walking through wooded areas to get to the water and close
toed shoes are required at all times while in camp for safety
The class will need to have another adult that will stay to
ensure that we satisfy BSA requirements for Two Deep Leadership
and Youth Protection Adults may bring a chair and book or sit
in on the class.
Class size: 8
What to Bring: