2021 BSA Certified Angling Instructor Course


The course was developed and is directed by the

BSA National Fishing Committee


January 29- 31, 2021

Help Your Council or Unit Deliver a Quality Fishing Program

     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 recent 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 good tool for Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation.  Share your passion for fishing.

Course Highlights

      1. Become recognized as a BSA Certified Angling Instructor an Official Train the Trainer Certification CS-61. Receive a CAI patch and Certificate.

      2. Learn basic fly-fishing skills - fly casting, fly tying, knots and how to teach them.  Receive the 3 fishing related Merit Badge books plus electronic copies of the Power Point slides.

      3. As a CAI you will have an opportunity to get fishing and fly-fishing equipment at greatly reduced rates for teaching Scouts. 

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 Council, District and Unit programs, supports current and potential Merit Badge Counselors.  Perfect also for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing leaders, council properties committee and is a Fishing Camp School.  If you want to learn how we teach fishing to Scouts this is for you.  Seating is open for the first 20 anglers.

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Annual Health and Medical Record

File Name Description
CAI CoVid Procedures Download
Flyer & Consent Form Download