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Complete Angler Award

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Complete Angler Award

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Complete the following 3 merit badges and you might qualify for BSA's Complete Angler:

Your last step is to successfully complete one or more of the following projects:

  1. Teach a Fishing or Fly Fishing merit badge skill to your troop, crew or team as part of a unit program activity.
  2. Help instruct Cub Scouts on fishing skills or fishery management as part of a Cub Scout meeting or outing.
  3. Participate in a local fishing derby or tournament, either a Scouting or Community event.
  4. Complete a conservation project that will benefit a local fishery.

Fishing @ BoysLife

  • Fishing.BoysLife.org - has a great online section on Scouts BSA Fishing:
    • Videos by Experts
    • How to tie common fishing knots
    • Expert advice on the best baits, locations and fishing techniques for catching bass, trout, panfish, catfish and other species of fish.
    • Review of Essential Fishing Gear to Get Started
    • Make homemade scout fishing lures.
    • What is "BuzzBaits"?
  • Ice Fishing @ BSA Campe Oh-Da-Ko-Ta - NPAA and FAF Support Scout Ice Fishing at Camp Oh-Da-Ko-Ta, Burlington, WI - includes a safety briefing on hypothermia, ice thickness, and behavior while on the lake ice.


Extra Credit

While none of these are actual requirements for this merit badge - they are terrific opportunities to show Scout Spirit, Do a Good Turn Daily and to have FUN!

  1. Activity Reflection: Use this meeting for scouts to ask questions and to reflect on what they gained personally from this adventure. You can also have a discussion on what future opportunities are here.
  2. Court of Honor Exhibit: Pictures, handiwork and other memorabilia from this adventure will make for a great presentation at the next Scout Troop Court of Honor.

BSA Fishing Guide

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  • The Scouting Guide to Basic Fishing (2019-Paperback): An Officially-Licensed Book of the Boy Scouts of America: 200 Essential Skills for Selecting Tackle, Tying Knots, Casting, and Catching Fish. Current Scouts, Scout alumni, and anyone interested in the outdoors are provided with a step-by-step guide that masterfully breaks down the art of fishing with diagrams, vivid photographs, and lessons on everything the beginner needs to know.

Related Merit Badges

Sometimes it is easier by doing two or more merit badges together as a joint activity: