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|Fishing merit badge
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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
- 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.
- 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.
- Demonstrate the proper use of two different types of fishing equipment.
- Demonstrate how to tie the following knots: improved clinch knot, Palomar knot, uni knot, uni to uni knot, and arbor knot. Explain how and when each knot is used.
- 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.
- 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.
- Obtain and review the regulations affecting game fishing where you live. Explain why they were adopted and what you accomplish by following them.
- 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.
- 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. (You do not need to eat your fish.)
|| The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:|
Boy Scout Requirements, 2017 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #637685)
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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. Click here for an example fish consumption advisory.
- The BSA Fishing Troop Program Feature offers meeting and activity plans to include Fishing as one of your monthly themes.
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
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.