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  • 30-Nov-2017 2:18 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Below is an email from the Happy Salmon rep.  

    Please go to his site and vote for Happy Salmon to help them get the "Game of the Year".

    From: Edoardo Kulp [mailto:edoardo@northstargames.com

    Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 5:35 PM

    I hope this note finds you well. If you recall, we met at the Jamboree back in July. I was the one with the Happy Salmon.

    https://www.northstargames.com/products/happy-salmon

    I believe you were involved with the fishing crew during the Jamboree. I apologize for not knowing 100% - my computer crashed soon after the Jamboree and I lost many of my notes from my wonderful time there.

     Either way, I recall you being a fan of Happy Salmon and so I wanted to write you a quick note with some amazing news. Happy Salmon is up for The Toy Association’s Toy of the Year (TOTY) Award. The TOTY Awards are the “Oscars” of the game and toy business. Happy Salmon is up for “Game of the Year.” This is the first TOTY nod for our company in our 13 years of business, so as you can imagine, we are very excited. As the “father” of Happy Salmon, I am ecstatic!

     This year’s TOTY finalists were selected from over 600 nominees by a committee of retail buyers, journalists, bloggers, academics, and game inventors/designers, and are being voted on by both these industry experts and by consumers. And that is why I am reaching out…Can I burden you to take 1 minute and vote for Happy Salmon? The voting site for “Game of the Year” can be directly access here: http://www.toyawards.org/toyaward/custom/GameToy.aspx. Please note that you will have to enter your name and email, but that is only to validate the vote and to enter you into a sweepstakes to win all the games in the category. You will not be spammed (The Toy Association takes that VERY seriously.)

     I would love your vote, and it would be awesome if you can spread the news to your fishing and scouting crew too. Whatever you can do is greatly appreciated.

     Thanks, I still talk of my time at the Jamboree. I had such a great time meeting the kids, the leaders and staff. It was amazing!!

     All my best,  

    Edoardo Kulp

    Brand Manager and “Father of Salmons”

    North Star Games

    10605 Concord Street, Suite 205

    Kensington, MD 20895

    240-558-3850 (office)

    617-966-2959 (cell)

    edoardo@northstargames.com

    www.northstargames.com

    HS TOTY Sig Graphic

    Michael R. Brand

    BSA National Fishing Task Force - Communications


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  • 27-Nov-2017 9:17 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    On November 15, the USDA Forest Service released Rise to the Future: National Fish and Aquatic Strategy. In the 30 years since the inception of Rise to the Future, the Forest Service’s and the conservation community’s understanding of the threats and stressors that need to be addressed to achieve successful fish conservation outcomes have changed. This updated strategy provides a vision of how the U.S. Forest Service will contribute to fish and aquatic stewardship in close collaboration with its cooperators and partners.


    The Forest Service has found that conserving healthy fish habitat and restoring aquatic resources is central to its mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Healthy streams, lakes, and rivers benefit Americans in a myriad of ways, from clean drinking water to diverse recreational opportunities.


    The agency’s sustainable, long-term approach to managing healthy watersheds and aquatic habitat supports vital recreational and commercial economies, providing many benefits to local communities, downstream cities, and the public. Fish and aquatic species are among the most endangered groups of organisms in the United States. National forests and grasslands provide more than half of the habitat for federally protected freshwater fishes, mollusks, and amphibians.  More than 220,000 miles of rivers and streams and more than 10 million acres of lakes, reservoirs, and ponds on national forests and grasslands provide a wide range of fishing opportunities for the American people.


    According to Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke, “This strategy will guide the Forest Service to work with our partners to sustain these valuable resources. Our work to protect, restore, and enhance natural resources has become increasingly integrated across Forest Service mission areas and disciplines and ever more collaborative. As we carry out this strategy, we will ensure that abundant fish and aquatic resources and healthy aquatic habitats are available for Americans to enjoy both now and for generations to come.”


    The strategy contains six priority goals:

    1. Conserve fish and aquatic resources.
    2. Connect people to the outdoors through fishing, boating, and other aquatic activities.
    3. Strengthen partnerships and work across boundaries.
    4. Deliver and apply scientific research.
    5. Build capacity through mentoring and training.
    6. Communicate the value and benefits of fish and aquatic resources.

    Science is the foundation for collaborative fish and
    aquatic stewardship.
    Credit: USDA Forest Service, Center for Aquatic Technology Transfer


    Each goal contains multiple objectives, providing a long-term foundation to address current and future challenges, including invasive species; impacts from drought, floods, and other extreme weather events; and increasing public demands on natural resources. The goals and objectives contained in this strategy will better enable the Forest Service to take advantage of new opportunities such as emerging research technologies and innovative and nontraditional partnerships.


    The Forest Service will work in cooperation with states, especially state fish and wildlife agencies, other federal agencies, and tribal governments and in partnership with nongovernmental organizations, private businesses, landowners, and water users and others to implement these near-term priorities. Each action is associated with a clear deliverable and timeframe.


    A team of nearly 60 participants updated the strategy including Forest Service personnel and representatives from the American Fisheries Society, American Sportfishing Association, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, National Fish Habitat Partnership, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, The Wilderness Society, and Trout Unlimited.


  • 22-Nov-2017 11:25 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    After the BSA Board of Directors’ historic decision to welcome girls into Scouting many in the Scouting community had just one question: When can my daughter sign up?


    Other Scouters had more specific questions about the reasons for the move, implementation and rollout plan.


    On Oct. 30, Scouters were to submit their questions for BSA Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh. By the time they recorded the video last week, they had received more than 400 questions.


    Letters were then organized by topic and a representative sample of 22 questions were directed to our Chief.  He spoke openly and candidly for nearly 30 minutes.

    For the best experience, watch the complete video of the discussion below.

    But if you’re short on time, scroll for a question-by-question breakdown. They have included the video timestamp so you can jump directly to the answers that most interest you.


    BSA Chief Answers Your Questions About Welcoming Girls Into BSA Programs


  • 13-Oct-2017 1:52 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    For more information about the expanded opportunities for family Scouting, please visit the family Scouting page.

    Program and Membership

    Media


    Michael R. Brand

    Boy Scouts of America - Volunteer Scouter

    BSA National Fishing Task Force -  Committee Member

    BSA Central Region Outdoor Program Support Team  - Fishing  Chairman 

    BSA Certified Angling Instructor

    Aquatics Resource Education Association

    Board of Director, North Central Region Representative

    cell: 314-477-8120

    michaelbrand314@gmail.com


  • 11-Oct-2017 2:30 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Increasing our opportunity to reach more youth with quality Outdoor Programing.


    https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/10/11/bsa-welcomes-girls/


    FISH ON!


    Michael R. Brand

    Boy Scouts of America - Volunteer Scouter

    BSA National Fishing Task Force -  Committee Member

    BSA Central Region Outdoor Program Support Team  - Fishing  Chairman 

    BSA Certified Angling Instructor

    Aquatics Resource Education Association

    Board of Director, North Central Region Representative


    cell: 314-477-8120

    michaelbrand314@gmail.com


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    "If you go fishing you may not catch any fish.  If you don't go fishing, you'll never catch any fish"


  • 31-Aug-2017 11:22 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    As a member of a BSA Certified Angling Instructors /  Wild Apricot site, you can view member-only content, sign up for events, and interact with other members through member directories, discussion forums, and blog posts.  You can also perform self-service functions such as updating your profile.  


    To help you get started, and show you how to manage your membership, and introduce you to some of the functionality that might appear on our Wild Apricot site.  Please Follow this link

    New Member Guide


    I have been asked to make sure the database of BSA Angling Educators is as up to date with regards to member profiles as quickly as possible.  As they say, many hands make light work.  As such, you are responsible for updating your personal Profile.  To assist you in your efforts please follow the instructions by clicking here: Profile Update Procedures.pdf


    Deadlines for this effort is September 15, 2017.  Your compliance is needed and appreciated.


    Also, Check out the latest news from the BSA Fishing - National Fishing Task Force.   Please follow this link to our  News


    Check out these latest events offered by the BSA Fishing - National Fishing Task Force and its team of BSA Certified Angling Instructors.   Please follow this link to our Events 


    Check our our newest Links and Resources,  Please follow this link to our Links and Resources


    Check out our newest videos,  Please follow this link to our Videos


    I encourage you to follow us on Facebook as well. Please follow this link to our Facebook Group page.  Please follow this link to our  Facebook page .CAI - Certified Angling Instructor


    If you have something you would like to share please forward the item for consideration.  If you have suggestions for adds or deletes let us know.  This is your tool.


    On behalf of  all the Scouts we serve, I thank you for your time and efforts.  Until we meet, wishing you tight lines and FISH ON!

    Michael R. Brand

    BSA National Fishing Task Force -  Committee Member

    BSA Central Region Outdoor Program Support Team  - Fishing  Chairman 

    BSA Certified Angling Instructor

    michaelbrand314@gmail.com


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  • 18-Aug-2017 4:27 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Click each link to see the current requirements for each Merit Badge.

    For information on Merit Badge Requirements



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  • 23-May-2017 11:18 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Tenkara is a Japanese method of fly fishing, which uses only a rod, line and a fly. 


    Tenkara is the simplest method of fly fishing in the world. Tenkara has become very popular in the United States and is a good method to use in the Southern Appalachian mountains. It is perfect for children, older beginners to the sport and seasoned fly fishing veterans.


    Tenkara is also a very effected fly fishing method, for trout, panfish or bass. Tenkara is intuitive. The method breaks down the learning curve to a few steps, which are very important steps for catching fish on a fly.

    The compact size of the collapsed rod, is perfect for anglers who hike or backpack into remote areas. If you break a section of your rod, you can replace the broken piece yourself. Simply order the broken part from Tenkara USA and pay a low shipping and handling fee.

    Tenkara is relatively inexpensive. You just need a rod, a short fly line, flies, tippet material, nippers and forceps.

    Watch the video below, an introduction to Tenkara, produced by Tenkara USA. 


    FISH ON! 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N40BOFYKR38

  • 19-Apr-2017 2:46 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    National Jamboree Staff - Fishing Program Area

    Additional Staff Needed!

    We currently we have 70 Fishing Staff signed up.  

    • 54 Staffers will be attending Jamboree both weeks. 
    • 8 Staffers will be attending Jamboree for week #1 only. 
    • 8 Staffers will be attending Jamboree for week #2 only.

    This provides for 62 Staffers toward the 75 Goal.  

    A full staff of 75 gives us enough staff to give each member a day to see the Jamboree or to rest.  

    We Need 13 Staffers and we need them to register now!

    Please cast the nets!!


    Ben

    C. Ben Jelsema

    BSA National Outdoor Program Committee

    National Fishing Task Force Chairman

    Group Lead Merit Badge Maintenance Task Force

    2017 National Jamboree Fishing Lead

    ben@jelsema.cc   407 491-2906


  • 13-Feb-2017 11:49 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Show us your #FirstCatch

    Our partners at RBFF and Take Me Fishing encourage adults and children alike to get out on the water fishing and boating! 


    And we want you and your Scouts to show them your best first catch moments whether it’s the first of the day, first of the season or first of a lifetime! 


    Share and tag your first catch experiences with #FirstCatch. 


    We're collecting and showcasing them here. See what thousands of anglers across the U.S. are reeling in!


    https://www.takemefishing.org/how-to-fish/how-to-catch-fish/show-us-your-first-catch/


    Follow @Take_Me_Fishing and show us your #FirstCatch


    TAKE ME FISHING TV

    Watch Take Me Fishing's latest video. Take Me Fishing encourages adults and children alike to get out on the water fishing and boating!


    https://youtu.be/JzY5tJxpdY0

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