RATIONALE FOR ADVENTURE
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.
TAKEAWAYS FOR CUB SCOUTS
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.