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|quote=Every Scout ought to be able to fish in order to get food for himself. A tenderfoot [beginner] who starved on the bank of a river full of fish would look very silly, yet it might happen to one who had never learned to catch fish.<p align=right>[[Robert Baden-Powell]] in ''[[Scouting for Boys]]''</p>
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:1. Explain to your counselor the injuries that could occur while fishing and the proper treatment, including cuts, scratches, puncture wounds, insect bites, hypothermia, dehydration, and heat reactions. Explain how to remove a hook that has lodged in your arm. Name and explain five safety practices you should always follow while fishing.
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:2. Learn and explain the differences between two types of fishing outfits. Point out and identify the parts of several types of rods and reels. Explain how and when each would be used. Review with your counselor how to care for this equipment.
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:5. Name and identify five basic artificial lures and five natural baits and explain how to fish with them. Explain why bait fish are not to be released.
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# Please be aware that there are Fish eating advisories in several areas of the continental US. The cooking requirement does not require you to eat the fish you catch, just to cook a fish. You may wish to obtain a fish from the market to cook and eat. [http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/fish/index.html Click here for an example fish consumption advisory.]
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:8. Explain what good outdoor sportsmanlike behavior is and how it relates to fishermen. Tell how the Outdoor Code of the Boy Scouts of America relates to a fishing sports enthusiast, including the aspects of littering, trespassing, courteous behavior, and obeying fishing regulations.
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:9. Catch two different kinds of fish and identify them. Release at least one of them unharmed. Clean and cook another fish.
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1. Please be aware that there are Fish eating advisories in several areas of the continental US. The cooking requirement does not require you to eat the fish you catch, just to cook a fish. You may wish to obtain a fish from the market to cook and eat. [http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/fish/index.html Click here for an example fish consumption advisory.]
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The [[Troop Program Features#Fishing|Troop Fishing Monthly Theme]] includes meeting and activity materials.<br>
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'''1. First Aid''': [[Cuts]] - [[Scratches]] - [[Puncture Wounds]] - [[Insect Bites]] - [[Hypothermia]] - [[Dehydration]] - [[Heat Reactions]]
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'''2.''' Fishing equipment: [http://www.cabelas.com/ Cabela's] - [http://www.basspro.com/ Bass Pro Shop]<br>
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'''3.''' Fishing Videos: [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/2026_kids-fishing.htm Basics for Kids] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/166_advanced-fishing.htm Advanced Fishing] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/2211_fillet-saltwater-fish.htm How to fillet a fish]<br>
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'''5.''' Fishing Lures: [http://www.cabelas.com/ Cabela's] - [http://www.basspro.com/ Bass Pro Shop]<br>
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'''7.''' [http://www.takemefishing.org/fishing/license Fishing Licenses and Laws for your state] <br>
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'''9.''' [[Cooking Fish]] including a dozen videos on how to fillet and cook, sanitaiton, and fish recipes.
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Resources include the Fishing merit badge worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF, links, and cross-references to related badges and awards.  Prev  -  Next  

This is the Fishing merit badge for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers.
Venturers can also complete the Fishing elective for the Ranger Award.
Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers can also earn the Fly Fishing merit badge.
Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts can earn the Cub Scout Fishing belt loop and pin.


Fishing merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1952
Replaced: Angling
BSA Advancement ID: 052
Requirements revision: 2014
Latest pamphlet revision: 2013

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Every Scout ought to be able to fish in order to get food for himself. A tenderfoot [beginner] who starved on the bank of a river full of fish would look very silly, yet it might happen to one who had never learned to catch fish.

Robert Baden-Powell in Scouting for Boys

Fishing is one of the elective merit badges for the William T. Hornaday awards for Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts.


Fishing merit badge requirements

1. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while participating in fishing activities, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
b. Discuss the prevention of and treatment for the following health concerns that could occur while fishing, including cuts and scratches, puncture wounds, insect bites, hypothermia, dehydration, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and sunburn.
c. Explain how to remove a hook that has lodged in your arm.
d. Name and explain five safety practices you should always follow while fishing.

2. Discuss the differences between two types of fishing outfits. Point out and identify the parts of several types of rods and reels. Explain how and when each would be used. Review with your counselor how to care for this equipment.

3. Demonstrate the proper use of two different types of fishing equipment.

4. Demonstrate how to tie the following knots: improved clinch, Palomar, turle, blood loop (barrel knot), and double surgeon's loop. Explain how and when each knot is used.

5. Name and identify five basic artificial lures and five natural baits and explain how to fish with them. Explain why bait fish are not to be released.

6. Do the following:

a. Explain the importance of practicing Leave No Trace techniques. Discuss the positive effects of Leave No Trace on fishing resources.
b. Discuss the meaning and importance of catch and release. Describe how to properly release a fish safely to the water.

7. Obtain and review the regulations affecting game fishing where you live. Explain why they were adopted and what you accomplish by following them.

8. Explain what good outdoor sportsmanlike behavior is and how it relates to anglers. Tell how the Outdoor Code of the Boy Scouts of America relates to a fishing sports enthusiast, including the aspects of littering, trespassing, courteous behavior, and obeying fishing regulations.

9. Catch at least one fish and identify it. If regulations and health concerns permit, clean and cook a fish you have caught. Otherwise, acquire a fish and cook it.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

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Please note any errors found in the above requirements on this article's Talk Page.


Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Fishing is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Fishing requirements.
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Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. Please be aware that there are Fish eating advisories in several areas of the continental US. The cooking requirement does not require you to eat the fish you catch, just to cook a fish. You may wish to obtain a fish from the market to cook and eat. Click here for an example fish consumption advisory.
  2. The BSA Fishing Troop Program Feature offers meeting and activity plans to include Fishing as one of your monthly themes.
  3. Fishing is a popular summer camp merit badge.


Requirement resources

The Troop Fishing Monthly Theme includes meeting and activity materials.
1. First Aid: Cuts - Scratches - Puncture Wounds - Insect Bites - Hypothermia - Dehydration - Heat Reactions

2. Fishing equipment: Cabela's - Bass Pro Shop
3. Fishing Videos: Basics for Kids - Advanced Fishing - How to fillet a fish
4. Knots

5. Fishing Lures: Cabela's - Bass Pro Shop
6. Leave No Trace
7. Fishing Licenses and Laws for your state
8. Outdoor Code
9. Cooking Fish including a dozen videos on how to fillet and cook, sanitaiton, and fish recipes.


Related awards

Sports-related awards
Hobby-related awards


See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal
General Merit Badge information


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