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Certified Angling Instructor Course

May 1 - May 8

Certified Angling Instructor Course

This course is designed to give Scouters tools and ideas to get Scouts fishing. We will ignite your desire for introducing Scouts to the wonderful world of fishing. Boy’s Life survey found that Scouts chose fishing as the fourth most preferred outdoor activity, yet only 35% go fishing within Scouting. You can become a Fishing Advocate for your unit, district and council and utilize fishing as a tool for Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation. Share your passion for fishing.

Course Highlights

  • Become recognized as a BSA Certified Angling Instructor, an Official Train the Trainer Certification CS-61. Receive a CAI patch and Certificate.
  • Learn basic fishing and fly-fishing skills – fly casting, fly tying, where to find fish, knots and how to teach them, and much more. Learn to teach scouts at every level for recruiting, retention, and advancement.
  • As a CAI you will have an opportunity to get fishing and fly-fishing equipment at greatly reduced rates for teaching scouts.  
  • You will have three days of classroom study and two days in the backcountry fly-fishing.

Fishing is a Favorite Outdoor Activity for Scouts

Fishing with scouts is an outdoor activity providing scouts with fun, skills development, family participation and strongly supports sound conservation awareness.  Fishing receives very little support by most councils yet has great opportunity with minimal investment. Most camps offer marginal fishing programs and poor instruction.  As a CAI you can make fishing a priority within your scouting world.

Who should attend?

The CAI course is for scouters (volunteer & professional) who wish to learn how fishing enhances your Council, District and Unit programs, supports current and potential Merit Badge Councilors.  Perfect for Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, and Venturing leaders, District and Council program staff plus camp fishing instructors.

The courses provide Rods, fly-tying tools, and materials. (Feel free to bring your own gear and waders.)

Conference Dates: May 1-8

Conference Fee: $285 plus housing. This is a participant only course

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