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BSA Certified Angling Instructor Course 2023

October 6, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - October 8, 2023 @ 3:00 pm

About Certified Angling Instructors
Certified Angling Instructor (CAI) Training Courses are facilitated by the BSA National Fishing Committee. Courses cover Cub Scout, Scouts BSA and Venturing Fishing Programs held at the Unit, District, Council, Area, Regional and National Levels. Simply put, CAIs teach Scouts and Scouters to fish!
Fishing helps you to “Deliver the Promise of Scouting”. CAIs learn age-based and skills-appropriate fishing tools and techniques, ranging from a simple cane pole to fly fishing. The course highlights best practices in both the classroom and in the field.
Why Become a CAI?
Fishing is one of the most popular youth activities. In a 2018 survey, Cub Scouts were asked
what activities they most wanted.
They answered in this order:
1. Camping
2. Pinewood Derby
3. Hiking
5. Fishing
The same question was asked of Scouts BSA participants. They wanted:
1. Camping
2. Hiking
3. High Adventure
4. Fishing
Course Goals
– Qualify to become a BSA Certified Angling Instructor
– Gain hands-on learning of fly-casting, fly-tying, fishing knots, finding fish, and etiquette – and how to teach these same skills to our Scouts
– Catch a fish or two and demonstrate catch-and-release.
– Clean and cook a fish.
– Learn about the Complete Angler Award for Scouts in your council. Commit to making fishing a priority within your council.
Course includes full coverage of skills development, resource awareness and improvement, merit badge counselorinstruction, fly-fishing instruction with a focus on teaching others, how to improve the council’s fishing programs, and opportunities to offer fishing year-round. Ideal for those wishinkg to enhance fishing program’s emphasis within their Scouting world and lead Scouts into the wonderful world of fishing and fly-fishing.
Who can attend?
All adult leaders – Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, ASMs, Committee Members, Merit Badge Counselors, Crew Advisors, and all other BSA registered adult volunteers.
Scouts (15 years and older) with parent and Scoutmaster permission.
Everyone who successfully completes the course are eligible to earn the recognition patches and will be assigned a CAI number and receive a CAI certificate.
BSA fishing programs are very cost-effective recruitment and teaching tools!
BSA Owns Outdoor Adventure! Help Fishing lead the way! Become a CAI today!
No experience needed

Event Specifics

Overnight Weekend Training with instruction and practical fishing experience. All meals included. (bring a sack dinner for Friday) Tent & Camping gear not included. Please bring your own camping equipment (checklist will be provided closer to the event)
October 6th, 2023 – Check-in starts at 5:00 PM 
October 8th, 2023 – Ends at 3:00 PM
Cost per person $125
Coyote Lake – Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
10840 Coyote Reservoir Rd, Gilroy, CA 95020
Please bring completed A & B Medical form and a copy of your insurance card.
Got questions?
Contact: Madhu Bora
Certified Angling Instructor & Training Coordinator



October 6, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
October 8, 2023 @ 3:00 pm
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