Scouts and Venturers invited to enter the State-Fish Art Contest
Fishing has been a part of Scouting since the very beginning. In fact, Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell once said, “every Scout ought to be able to fish in order to get food for himself.” That longstanding angling tradition — coupled with the sport’s continued popularity today — makes this contest opportunity one I simply had to pass along.
The State-Fish Art Contest, and is open to anyone from kindergarten through 12th grade. Let’s flood the contest with entries from Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and Sea Scouts. Let’s show them nobody does fishing better than packs, troops, crews and ships. Each year’s entry deadline is March 31. Winners get prizes (details to be announced) and recognition at a national fishing event. Everyone — win or lose — supports aquatic education through science and the arts.
Entering is fun, free and involves two basic steps:
- Create a 9-by-12-inch art illustration of any state fish (not just the one from an entrant’s own state).
- Write a one-page essay related to the chosen fish species.
Mail entries to: Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art, 5350 HWY 61 North, Suite 7, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Any fish you wish – Remember, entrants can select any fish on the state-fish list — not just their own. That means Arizona Scouts could pick the Kentucky spotted bass, and Scouts in New York could select Hawaii’s humuhumunukunukuapua’a. Find the official fish list here. Click here for the contest page with more information.
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Recruiting: Build An Adventure – Hooked on Scouting
Council Membership Committee announces Build an Adventure – Hooked on Scouting (A Cub Scout recruiting campaign). Please fill out the Pack Application to Participate in Hooked on Scouting form so we can support your efforts with recruiting materials etc. Click for Pack Application form. Click for recruiting flier to use in your community.
Hooked on Scouting Kits
Hooked on Scouting kits are available for packs to borrow. The kit includes a group game with fishing poles, fishing knot activity, puzzles, games and more.
Fill out the form and send in to rent a Hooked on Scouting Kit. Click for form.
Patriots’ Path Council Complete Angler Award
Patriots’ Path Council announces complete angler recognition. Fish in three of our four on property fishing spots this year and earn this special recognition. A certificate will be awarded free of charge. An emblem will be able for purchase.
Durham pond at Winnebago Scout Reservation
Frenches Pond and Reservoir Pond at Mt Allamuchy Scout Reservation
Bear Pond at Sabattis Adventure Camp. Download Flier
The Complete Angler recognition was established by the BSA’s National Fishing Task Force in October 2014 to honor well-rounded youth anglers. Scouts who have earned the Fishing, Fly-Fishing, and Fish and Wildlife Management merit badges can earn the new award. Read more.
Hornaday Award Overview Video
Scout William O’Brochta, a silver Hornaday Award recipient, has put together a great video on the Hornaday Award. Two of his projects involve fishery management. Please take a moment to watch and enjoy!
Boy Scouts – Merit Badge Resources For Counselors
- BSA Beginner’s Fly-Fishing Handbook
- Fly-Fishing Merit Badge Counselor Guide
- Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge Counselor’s Guide
- Fishing Merit Badge Counselor Guide
Merit Badge Presentations
Scouting Fresh Water Fish
Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation &
Winnebago Scout Reservation &
Ponds have a variety of fish species. Bass and Pickerel are the dominant species and feed upon all others.
Yellow Perch, Sun Fish and “Crappie” Blue Gills are the most abundant and easily caught from the shoreline. Sabattis may also have Trout.
Sabattis also offers Fishing Treks (7 person max) More Info visit the Sabattis page.
Dan Emmett: [Map] Little Clear Pond to Follensby Clear Pond – easy
Edward L Trudeau: [Map] Hoel Pond to Follensby Clear Pond – easy to moderate (options to climb mountain peaks or add more canoeing or fishing)
NJ is home to a great fisheries program :
Reservoir: Round Valley/Spruce Run has cold water species of Lake Trout, Trout, Bass, Pickerel, and Crappie.
Spruce Run is a warm water fishery with bass, pickerel, Catfish, and the above Crappie populations along with Yellow Perch, White Rock Bass.
Most Streams in NJ are stocked between April 2-Memorial Day week with Hatchery Trout 6-12 inches. Fishing license is needed by all 16 and over plus a trout stamp.
Wawayanda Lake, Lake Aeroflex and Allamuchy Mountain State Park‘s Tilcon Lake are home to landlocked Salmon fishing. These prized members are stocked from an exchange program with Maine and NJ DEP Fish and Wildlife. Anglers are encourage to report catches of these fish by emailing the Bureau of Freshwater Fisheries. Photos of your catch are also encouraged.
For more information, contact Pequest Trout Hatchery for cold water fish species, general information and tours for Scouts.
Freshwater Fishing Digest is now available on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website. To view the Digest in PDF format visit click here. The digest includes everything pertaining to the current fishing season.
Paul Minenna is the National Boy Scouts of America Certified Angler Instructor in Patriots’ Path Council.
Please contact Paul for fishing related questions. Email Paul.
Fishing Events & Places to Fish
2018 Robert Tunnell Memorial Fishing Tournament – May 12, 2018 – Fishing from 8am-3pm
Parents and sons are invited to join us for the Robert Tunnell Memorial Fishing Tournament. Enjoy a great day of fishing on Durham Pond at Winnebago Scout Reservation. You are also welcome to bring a tent on Friday evening and camp for the weekend. All attendees will receive a gift and prizes will be awarded. The event is open to registered Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and their parents.