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Go Fish – Lion

Elective Adventure

Lions and adult partners will have a great time fishing together.

Requirements

With your Lion adult partner, learn the rules of fishing safely.
Lions Fish Safely
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time1

Learn the rules to fishing safely.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 38
  • Crayons, enough to share

Before the meeting:

  1. Prepare the meeting location so Cub Scouts and adult partners can work on the activity together.
  2. Become familiar with the safety rules for fishing.
    • 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.
    • Give plenty of room to others who are fishing nearby.
    • Never fish where people are swimming.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and share with them that for this Adventure the den will go fishing. Before they go fishing, they need to know some simple rules about fishing.
  2. Have adult partners work with their Cub Scouts to complete the activity on page 38 of the Lion handbook by coloring each panel that describes a rule of fishing.
  3. When everyone is done, Cub Scouts take turns saying out loud one of the fishing rules until all six have been said.
Safe or Not Safe Fishing Rules
LocationIndoor
Energy 1
Supply List2
Prep Time1

After reviewing the safety rules, use a quiz to see what Cub Scouts have learned.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, page 38
  • Crayons, enough to share
  • Access to Safety Rules Yes or No Quiz found in Additional Resources

Before the meeting:

  1. Prepare the meeting location so Cub Scouts and adult partners can work on the activity together.
  2. Become familiar with the safety rules for fishing.
    • 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.
    • Give plenty of room to others who are fishing nearby.
    • Never fish where people are swimming.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and share with them that for this Adventure the den will go fishing. Before they go fishing, they need to know some simple rules about fishing.
  2. Have adult partners work with their Cub Scouts to complete the activity on page 38 of the Lion handbook by coloring each panel describing a fishing rule.
  3. When everyone is done, use the Safety Rules Yes or No quiz. Ask a question on the quiz, and have Cub Scouts raise their hand if they know the answer.

Safety Rules Yes or No Quiz

Draw a picture of the type of fish you think lives in the water where you are going fishing.
Drawing Fish With A Grid
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Learn to draw a fish by using the grid method.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook pages 39 and 41
  • Pencils, one for each Cub Scout
  • Crayons, enough to share
  • Craft scissors, one for each Cub Scout

Before the meeting:

  1. Determine where the den will go fishing and become familiar with the type of fish you will be fishing for.
  2. The fish on page 39 of the Lion handbook is a bass and the fish on page 41 of the Lion handbook is a crappie, two very common freshwater fish found in lakes and ponds.
  3. Set up the meeting location so adult partners can work with their Cub Scout to complete the activity.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and share the location where the den will go fishing. Share with them the types of fish that live there.
  2. Have adult partners work with their Cub Scout to color and then cut out the activity on page 39 when done have them draw the fish on page 41.
  3. Share any additional information you have about the type of fish you will be fishing for.
Go fishing with your Lion adult partner.
Lion Go Fishing
LocationOutdoor
Energy 4
Supply List5
Prep Time5

Go fishing with your adult partner.

  • Fishing poles, one per Cub Scout
  • Fishing line
  • Barbless hooks
  • Fishing net
  • Bait or tackle based on the fish you will be fishing for
  • Tacklebox
  • Fishing pliers or multitool
  • 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/location of the fishing activity.
  4. Remind parents and guardians to complete Activity Consent Form.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  4. Discuss what type of fish you will be fishing for and what type of bait or lure to use.
  5. Have adult partners 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. As Cub Scouts are fishing have adults give positive coaching and encouragement.
  8. If a fish is caught practice catch and release.
  9. Assist Cub Scouts who catch a fish to release it.
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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 conducting a craft activity, review the Craft Tips video (2 minutes 34 seconds.)

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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