Bear Cub Scouts will learn all about fishing while doing the A Bear Goes Fishing adventure. They will learn about fish, regulations, and fishing equipment. Then they will spend some time trying to catch a fish.
Catch some fun while doing this adventure! See below for a printable copy of the requirements and resources for completing this adventure.
Requirements for A Bear Goes Fishing Adventure
Complete at least three of the following.
- Discover and learn about three types of fish 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 den 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.
- 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.
Resources and Answers for the A Bear Goes Fishing Adventure
Where Can I Learn about Fish in My Area and Fishing Regulations?
Most states have fish and wildlife agencies that can provide information about local fish species. These agencies often publish fishing regulations and provide maps and other resources that can help you identify the types of fish in your area.
You can also visit local tackle shops, which are often staffed by knowledgeable anglers who can provide information about the types of fish in your area, as well as the best lures and bait to use. Local shops often have copies of local fishing regulations and can answer any questions you may have.
TakeMeFishing.org has an interactive map which will help you to locate the places to fish closest to you. There is also a “State Info” link at the top which will help you find out about licensing in your state and other local information
How to Make a Simple Fishing Pole
Materials you will need to make a simple pole for the A Bear Goes Fishing adventure:
- A long, straight stick or bamboo pole
- Fishing line
- Fishing hook
- Find a suitable stick or bamboo pole that is about 6-10 feet long and has a diameter of about 1/2 to 1 inch. Look for a stick that is straight and sturdy.
- Tie the fishing line to the end of the stick or bamboo pole. Use a strong knot such as a double overhand knot or a Palomar knot.
- Attach the fishing hook to the end of the fishing line using a knot such as a fisherman’s knot or an improved clinch knot.
- Add bait to the hook. Common types of bait include worms, insects, and small pieces of fish.
- Cast your line by swinging the pole over your shoulder and releasing the line as you move the pole forward.
- Wait for a fish to bite. When you feel a tug on the line, slowly reel in the line until the fish is close enough to land.
This fishing elective can be used to fulfill requirements for these Cub Scout awards: