Fishing Merit Badge

Course Overview

You will learn a lot about fish and how to catch them while earning this Merit Badge. You might catch them for fun and “sport,” or to eat. Fishing can become a lifetime pursuit, like golf or tennis. You will learn about many kinds of fish, along with many ways to catch them. There are always new challenges in fishing, and always more to learn. This is one Merit Badge you are sure to enjoy earning from the very start.

Because this is a fishing Merit Badge class, there's really no way to know if the fish will participate and that is normally the most challenging part of the class. We are fishing from the shore. If fish are caught, you will clean, cook and if you so choose eat them. Bring any fishing gear that you would like to use. Fishing gear is available if needed. You may bring your own bait like worms as it works well.

Please come prepared. The Fishing Merit Badge pamphlet should be read and the knots practiced so that the Scout can answer questions, discuss required topics, and demonstrate knot tying proficiency.

Required items to bring for the Fishing Merit Badge:

  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A&B) completely filled out and signed by parent or guardian. Incomplete forms will be returned to Scout to complete before starting class. A Scout cannot take the Merit Badge without a completed form.
  • Merit Badge Blue Card signed by Scoutmaster. Make sure all three parts are filled in with your personal information.
  • Closed Toed Shoes are required while walking in Camp. No flip flops, sandals, crocs allowed. Closed Toed Water Shoes are suggested.

The Merit Badge counselor will email you with any additional requirements, such as completing discussion questions, approximately 2 weeks before class.


Register today!

If you need to cancel for any reason, please email us. Cancellations made 2 and a half or more weeks prior to the event will receive a full refund. See refund policy at the bottom of the page.

Saturday, June 1 from 8AM-5PM

Registration opens April 19 at 9AM

Saturday, June 15 from 8AM-5PM

Registration opens May 3 at 9AM

Saturday, June 29 from 8AM-5PM

Registration opens May 17 at 9AM

Saturday, July 20 from 8AM-5PM

Registration opens June 7 at 9AM

Saturday, August 10 from 8AM-5PM

Registration opens June 28 at 9AM


Class Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Due to the limited number of scouts that we can accommodate in each class, we kindly ask that you contact us as early as possible if a scout cannot attend a class. Requests to withdraw from a class (cancel), change a class (drop/add), and/or receive a refund must be done in writing, preferably by sending an Email Chris DeRose, Administrative Professional of Programs.

Refunds will be made when the withdrawal (cancellation) is at least 2 weeks before the class date.