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Fish On – Tiger

Elective Adventure

With their family or den and adult partner, Tigers will learn the basics of fishing and go on a fishing adventure.

Requirements

With your den or Tiger adult partner, identify the body of water where you will go fishing.
Flashy Fish Homes
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List3
Prep Time2

Use flashcards to identify local fish.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Tiger handbook, page 34
  • Fish Flash Cards found in Additional Resources
  • Card stock paper
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Crayons,  enough to share

Before the meeting:

  1. Identify the location where the den will go fishing.
  2. Research the type of fish that live and may be caught at your fishing location.
  3. Check that the fish you will be fishing is listed on the Fish Flash Cards, if not, create a flashcard for it.
  4. Print out the Fish Flash Cards from Additional Resources.
  5. Set up meeting location so Cub Scouts and Tiger adult partners can complete activities in the Tiger handbook.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather Cub Scouts and have them open their Tiger handbook to page 34.
  2. Share with the Cub Scouts that we all know that fish live in water, but did you know that not all fish can live in any type of water?  Some fish live in the ocean where the water is salty and cold, some fish live in rivers or streams, and some fish live in freshwater lakes.  In your Tiger handbook, you see three different types of fish who each live in three different types of water.  With your Tiger adult partner, color and match the fish with the body of water they live in.
  3. Once the Cub Scouts have finished, review that tuna are found in the ocean.  Trout is a type of fish that is found in rivers and streams.  Bass is a type of fish that is found in lakes.  Tuna and trout are fish that are often a source of food.  Bass is known as a sport fish, it isn’t caught for food, they are just fun to catch.
  4. Share with the Cub Scouts and Tiger adult partners the details of your fishing trip, date, time, and location.  Describe the type of water that you will be fishing in– lake, river, ocean.
  5. Next tell the Cub Scouts and Tiger adult partners you are going to review different types of fish and identify the types of fish you will be fishing for on your fishing adventure.
  6. Hold up one fish card at a time and ask the den where they think the fish lives, lake, river, or ocean.
  7. If the fish is a type of fish you may find in the body of water you are fishing at, set it aside and when you have gone through all the cards, review those fish that you may find in the body of water you are fishing at.
  8. Discuss what type of bait those fish you are fishing for like.

Fish Flash Cards

Our Fishing Spot
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List3
Prep Time2

Using a local map identify the spot where you will go fishing and the fish that live in that body of water.

  • A computer or smart device with a Wi-Fi connection
  • Arial map of the location Cub Scouts will go fishing
  • Poster or chart of the type of fish that you will be fishing for

Before the meeting:

  1. Identify the location where the den will go fishing.
  2. Research the type of fish that live and may be caught at your fishing location Get a poster / chart of fish that reflects the type of fish for which you will be fishing.
  3. Set up meeting location so Cub Scouts and Tiger adult partners can complete activities in the Tiger handbook.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather Cub Scouts and have them open their Tiger handbook to page 34.
  2. Share with the Cub Scouts that we all know that fish live in water, but did you know that not all fish can live in any type of water?  Some fish live in the ocean where the water is salty and cold, some fish live in rivers or streams, and some fish live in freshwater lakes.  In your Tiger handbook, you see three different types of fish who each live in three different types of water.  With your Tiger adult partner, color and match the fish with the body of water they live in.
  3. Once the Cub Scouts have finished, review that tuna are found in the ocean.  Trout is a type of fish that is found in rivers and streams.  Bass is a type of fish that is found in lakes.  Tuna and trout are fish that are often a source of food.  Bass is known as a sport fish, it isn’t caught for food, they are just fun to catch.
  4. Share with the Cub Scouts and Tiger adult partners the details of your fishing trip, date, time, and location.  Describe the type of water that you will be fishing in– lake, river, ocean.  Show an arial photo of the location.
  5. Describe the different types of fish that are in the body of water where you will be fishing.
With your Tiger adult partner, learn the rules of fishing safely.
Dry Run Fishing
LocationOutdoor
Energy 3
Supply List4
Prep Time2

Using fishing poles, practice the fishing rules before going on the fishing adventure.

  • Fishing poles,  one for each Cub Scout
  • Practice plugs, one for each fishing pole
  • 150 feet of orange flagging tape
  • 4 pool noodles
  • Hula Hoops™,  one for each Cub Scout

Before the meeting:

  1. Set up the meeting location to allow Cub Scouts and Tiger adult partners to practice the fishing rules.  Use flagging tape to designate the shoreline giving 10 feet of shoreline for each Cub Scout.  If you have 8 Cub Scouts use 80 feet of the tape.
  2. Using the pool noodles create a square at one end of the “shoreline” to designate it as a swimming area.
  3. Place Hula Hoops™ 15 feet from the “shoreline” and 10’ apart.
  4. Attach practice plugs onto the fishing poles, removing all hooks.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and Tiger adult partners.
  2. Share that before the den goes on their fishing trip there are safety rules we need to follow.
  3. Review the safety rules in the Tiger handbook on page 35.
    • Fish with proper supervision
    • Get permission to fish where you plan to fish
    • Check the weather before you go
    • Use the buddy system
    • Give plenty of room to others who are fishing nearby
    • Never fish where people are swimming
  4. Have the Cub Scouts work with their Tiger adult partner to match the image with the rule.
  5. Gather Cub Scouts and Tiger adult partners outside where the practice fishing area is set up.
  6. Tell the Cub Scouts that they will get a chance to practice fishing with their Tiger adult partner.  Review how you are following the rules for fishing during practice.
    • Fish with proper supervision – You are with your Tiger adult partner who will serve as your proper supervision.
    • Get permission to fish where you plan to fish – We checked already, and we have permission to use this area.
    • Check the weather before you go – We checked the weather, and we knew it would be a good time to practice.
    • Use the buddy system – your Tiger adult partner will also serve as your buddy.
    • Give plenty of room to others who are fishing nearby – You will notice that we have Hula Hoops™ out in the “water” for you to practice.  Those are 10 feet apart, so when you line up make sure you have 10 feet between you and the person next to you.
    • Never fish where people are swimming – you see our pool noodles on the side, this is a swimming area so we will stay away from there.
  7. Allow Cub Scouts and Tiger adult partners to practice fishing. If needed move Hula Hoops™ to allow Cub Scouts to have success in casting into the Hula Hoops™.
Fishing Safety Match
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time1

Learn the fishing safety rules by completing the activity in the Tiger handbook.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Tiger handbook, page 35
  • Crayons,  enough to share

Before the meeting:

  1. Set up the meeting location to allow Cub Scouts and Tiger adult partners to complete the activity in the Tiger handbook.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and Tiger adult partners.
  2. Share that before the den goes on their fishing trip there are safety rules we need to follow.
  3. Review the safety rules in the Tiger handbook on page 35.
    • Fish with proper supervision
    • Get permission to fish where you plan to fish
    • Check the weather before you go
    • Use the buddy system
    • Give plenty of room to others who are fishing nearby
    • Never fish where people are swimming
  4. Have the Cub Scouts color the fishing rules on page 35 of the Tiger handbook and work with their Tiger adult partner to match the image with the rule.
Draw a picture of the type of fish you think lives in the water where you are going fishing.
Scales and Sketches
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Using the Tiger handbook draw two fish that live in the water you are going fishing.

  • Pictures of the types of fish that live in the water Cub Scouts will be fishing at for their fishing adventure
  • Cub Scouts will need their Tiger handbook, page 36
  • Crayons,  enough to share
  • Pencils,  one for each Cub Scout

Before the meeting:

  1. Research the type of fish that live  and may be caught at your fishing location.
  2. Have pictures of the different types of fish that live in the water Cub Scouts will be fishing at so Cub Scouts can make their drawings.
  3. Set up meeting location so Cub Scouts and Tiger adult partners can complete activities in the Tiger handbook.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather Cub Scouts and have them open their Tiger handbook to page 36.
  2. Have Cub Scouts draw two fish that live in the water of their fishing location.
Go fishing with your Tiger adult partner.
Fish On!
LocationOutdoor
Energy 4
Supply List4
Prep Time5

Go fishing with your den.

  • Fishing poles, one per Cub Scout
  • Tackle box which includes:
    • Fishing line
    • Fishing license if required
    • Barbless hooks
    • Bobbers
    • Sinkers
    • Swivels
    • Artificial bait
    • Needle nose pliers
    • Scissors
    • De-hooker
  • Fishing net
  • Bait or tackle based on the fish you will be fishing for
  • Den first aid kit
  • Cub Scout Six Essentials
  • Activity Consent Form

Before the meeting:

  1. Research local fishing spots that are family-friendly and have easy access. Get permission, if needed, to fish there.
  2. Ensure you are aware of any fishing regulations and licensing requirements in your area. Purchase a fishing license if necessary.  Youth may not need a fishing license but adults who are fishing are likely to need one.
  3. Inform parents and guardians of the date, time, and location of the fishing activity.
  4. Secure additional adult supervision.
  5. Remind parents and guardians to complete and bring along Activity Consent Form
  6. A week prior to the activity visit the site to become familiar with facilities such as access to drinking water, bathrooms, and parking.   Inform parents and guardians of any details about the facilities that are important such as where to park and where the den will meet up.
  7. Confirm with parents and guardians that every Cub Scout has a fishing pole and develop a plan to provide fishing poles for those who do not have one.

During the meeting:

  1. Meet at the designated area of the fishing spot.
  2. Collect Activity Consent Forms.
  3. Review the fishing safety rules and any local rules or regulations with Cub Scouts.
    • Fish with proper adult supervision.
    • Get permission to fish where you plan to fish.
    • Check the weather before you go.  Do not fish in a thunderstorm or inclement weather.
    • Use the buddy system.  You must be able to see them.
    • Give plenty of room to others who are fishing nearby.
    • Never fish where people are swimming.
  4. Discuss what type of fish you will be fishing for and what type of bait or lure to use.
  5. Have adults help Cub Scouts with attaching bait or lures.
  6. Ensure that Cub Scouts are spaced a safe distance apart from each other and away from obstacles.
  7. If a fish is caught practice catch and release by assisting the Cub Scouts.
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Safety Moment

Prior to any activity, use the BSA SAFE Checklist to ensure the safety of all those involved.

All participants in official BSA Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scoutingand applicable program literature or manuals.

Be aware of state or local government regulations that supersede BSA practices, policies, and guidelines.

To assist in the safe delivery of the program you may find specific safety items that are related to requirements for the Adventure.

Before starting the Adventure:

  • Review content about fishing on Scouting.org.
  • Check state requirements for fishing licenses or permits for youth and adults.
  • Secure additional adult supervision that can assist Cub Scouts during the activity.
  • Get permission to fish where you plan to fish.
  • Check the weather before you go. Do not fish in a thunderstorm or inclement weather.
  • If fishing in freshwater, review Fishing Basics PowerPoint presentation and Instructor’s Guideto teach freshwater fishing.
  • Additional fishing resources can be found at Scout Life Magazine.

During the Adventure:

  • Use the buddy system.
  • Give plenty of room to others who are fishing nearby.
  • Never fish where people are swimming.

Once you know your local fishing rules and regulations, here are the 6 things to know to keep you and others safe:

  1. Fish with proper adult supervision.
  2. Get permission to fish where you plan to fish.
  3. Check the weather before you go.  Do not fish in a thunderstorm or inclement weather.
  4. Use the buddy system.  You must be able to see them.
  5. Give plenty of room to others who are fishing nearby.
  6. Never fish where people are swimming.

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