Fishing Merit Badge

Fishing Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Fishing merit badge is a fun one for Boy Scout summer camp. Of the eleven Scouts who went to camp from our troop a couple of weeks ago, seven did this badge.  My favorite part when I am with Scouts working on this badge  – watching them cook the fish.

Fishing Merit Badge Requirements

  1. Do the following:
    1. Discuss the prevention of and treatment for the following health concerns that could occur while fishing, including cuts and scratches, puncture wounds, insect bites, hypothermia, dehydration, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and sunburn.
    2. Explain how to remove a hook that has lodged in your arm.
    3. Name and explain five safety practices you should always follow while fishing.
  2. Discuss the differences between two types of fishing outfits. Point out and identify the parts of several types of rods and reels. Explain how and when each would be used. Review with your counselor how to care for this equipment.
  3. Demonstrate the proper use of two different types of fishing equipment.
  4. Demonstrate how to tie the following knots: clinch, Palomar, turle, blood loop (barrel knot), and double surgeon’s loop. Explain how and when each knot is used.
  5. Name and identify five basic artificial lures and five natural baits and explain how to fish with them. Explain why baitfish are not to be released.
  6. Do the following:
    1. Explain the importance of practicing Leave No Trace techniques. Discuss the positive effects of Leave No Trace on fishing resources.
    2. Discuss the meaning and importance of catch and release. Describe how to properly release a fish safely to the water.
  7. Obtain and review the regulations affecting game fishing where you live. Explain why they were adopted and what is accomplished by following them.
  8. Explain what good outdoor sportsmanlike behavior is and how it relates to anglers. Tell how the Outdoor Code of the Boy Scouts of America relates to a fishing sports enthusiast, including the aspects of littering, trespassing, courteous behavior, and obeying fishing regulations.
  9. Catch at least one fish. If regulations and health concerns permit, clean and cook a fish you have caught. Otherwise, acquire a fish and cook it.
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4 Responses to Fishing Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

  1. Kelly June 27, 2011 at 1:39 PM #

    My son wanted to do this one at summer camp, but it looked like alot for a first year camper. Any thoughts on him doing it?

    • Scouter Mom June 27, 2011 at 2:03 PM #

      Usually the camps make recommendations about which badges are better for younger campers. Our camps recommend this one for first year campers. The lake has plenty of fish and usually there are Scouters hanging around who are willing to do some one-on-one instruction with the ones who are struggling with the knots.

  2. Dakota Schramm July 1, 2014 at 2:28 AM #

    I need the answer for what are the differences between two types of fishing outfits.
    For my son’s merit badge please.

    • Scouter Mom July 1, 2014 at 10:58 AM #

      I have an idea, but it is really not my area of expertise. This information is probably in the pamphlet. Alternatively, this is a good opportunity for the Scout to call a counselor and ask. As a counselor, I enjoy talking to Scouts about the merit badge requirements for the badges I do.

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