2023 Fishing and Angling Trainings

There are lots of fishing opportunities for Scouts of all ages in the Scouting program. To help make sure these experiences are educational, fun, and rewarding, it is critical to have well-trained leaders. The New Birth of Freedom Council offers three fishing and angling training to help units “be prepared” for an awesome fishing program.

PA Fishing Skills Instructor

This workshop is designed to teach leaders how to introduce basic fishing skills and aquatic ecology. Instructors use “SMART Angler” and “Family Fishing Programs” for their unit or District events while providing a fishing license waiver for those who attend their events! Instructors can obtain fishing gear and publications from PFBC for their programs at no cost. This workshop is offered to Scout Leaders free of charge by the PA Fish and Boat Commission.

Date: March 18, 2023
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Hidden Valley Scout Reservation


Certified Angling Instructor

Providing you with the tools you need to

  • Help improve council, district, and unit fishing programs.
  • Aid in Recruitment and Retention of Scouts.

As a BSA Certified Angling Instructor, you will have the opportunity to

  • Teach fundamental Fishing and Fly Fishing Skills;
  • Learn how to best teach Scouts those fishing skills,
  • ..and have FUN!

Because of your investment of time and talents, you can keep Scouts in Scouting longer…Go Fishing!

Date: March 18 – March 19, 2023
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (both days)
Cost: $25 (plus optional $25 for meals and overnight accommodations)
Location: Hidden Valley Scout Reservation


BSA Angling Educator

Everything you need to know to take your Scouts Fishing! The program is designed to give a Scouter, who has never fished, the knowledge, skills, and confidence to take Scouts to a fishing area and help them succeed. An Angling Educator can:

• Promote fishing at Unit, District, and Council activities.

• Serve as a Scouts BSA Merit Badge Counselor

You will also walk away with student resource kits, patches, and certificates.

Date: March 18, 2023
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $10
Location: Hidden Valley Scout Reservation


Related Links

Scouting Fishing Website

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