Fishing is a skill that can become a lifelong hobby, or possibly a career. It can be done alone, or with family or friends. This adventure lays some groundwork for the Fishing merit badge once the Bear becomes a Boy Scout. This adventure is meant to be fun and can be used for teaching several points of the Scout Law such as trustworthy, helpful, courteous, obedient, thrifty, cheerful, clean, and even reverent.


  • Learning about the types of fish near the Scouts’ homes
  • Learning what the fish eat, how they can be caught, and how we can conserve and preserve our fish by using the concept of catch-and-release fishing
  • Understanding different types of equipment and making simple fishing tackle
  • Going fishing and having a hands-on experience to apply all the Bears have learned

ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Bear Handbook, page 140)

  1. Discover and learn about three types of fishes in your area. Draw a color picture of each fish, record what each one likes to eat, and describe what sort of habitat each likes.
  2. Learn about your local fishing regulations with your leader or a parent or guardian. List three of the regulations you learn about and one reason each regulation exists.
  3. Learn about fishing equipment, and make a simple fishing pole. Practice casting at a target. Teach what you have learned to someone in your family, another Scout, or one of your friends.
  4. Go on a fishing adventure, and spend a minimum of one hour trying to catch a fish. Put into practice the things you have learned about fish and fishing equipment.


Review the plans for Meetings 1 and 2 before beginning the adventure. You might choose to have a local fishing expert assist with Meeting 1, and you will need to make arrangements for equipment.

Meeting 2 is a den outing to go fishing. Select and make plans with the location in advance. Confirm that a tour and activity plan has been submitted, if required, and that transportation to and from the event is in place. Secure signed activity consent forms.

If your fishing plan involves Cub Scouts being in boats, review the Guide to Safe Scouting and Safety Afloat at www.scouting.org to assure you have a safe outing in compliance with BSA policies.

Review the licensing regulations in your state, which can be obtained through your state conservation service or most places where fishing licenses are sold.

See the Appendix for optional den meeting activities, including openings, gatherings, and closings.


To get you started in delivering fun and engaging meetings, complete Den Meeting Plans are available here on the Learning Library for the Backyard Jungle and Games Tigers Play adventures. To obtain Den Meeting Plans for all other adventures, Den Leader Guides are available at your local Scout Shop, online at scoutstuff.org, or as an eBook through Amazon.

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