Fishing Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Fishing Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Fishing Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here .   If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
Fishing Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Fishing Merit Badge Workbook
Fishing Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Fishing Merit Badge Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Fishing Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Fishing gear (if you have it)

5. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

6. A positive Scouting focus and attitude


1. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while participating in fishing activities, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.

b. 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.

c. Explain how to remove a hook that has lodged in your arm.

d. Name and explain five safety practices you should always follow while fishing.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss, demonstrate, explain, and name as necessary their first aid knowledge and proficiency as it applies to this merit badge.


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.

Scouts need to review the merit badge pamphlet for this requirement. All information needed to complete Requirement 2 can be found in the merit badge pamphlet book. It is recommended to make notes in your Merit Badge Workbook to use when sharing your knowledge during the class.


3. Demonstrate the proper use of two different types of fishing equipment.

Scouts will have an opportunity to demonstrate the proper use of any two different types of fishing equipment during the class. While the counselor may choose to demonstrate many different types of equipment, it is NOT acceptable to expect the counselor to show a Scout these uses and then allow the Scout to mirror the demonstration to gain credit.  Make sure you come prepared and knowledgeable to the class for consideration of completion of this requirement. It is at the discretion of the merit badge counselor to determine if the Scout satisfies this requirement to their satisfaction.


4. Demonstrate how to tie the following knots: improved clinch knot, Palomar knot, uni knot, uni to uni knot, and arbor knot. Explain how and when each knot is used.

Scouts should practice and be knowledgeable in the manner to which each of these knots are tied.  While some class time will be allotted to going over these knots, only those Scouts demonstrating their ability to tie each knot will be signed off on those knots that they respectively are able to tie.  Below are each of these knots to reference and practice. Scouts should also be prepared to share their knowledge of when and how each knot should be used.







5. Name and identify five basic artificial lures and five natural baits and explain how to fish with them. Explain why bait fish are not to be released.

Scouts will find that reading the merit badge pamphlet will yield all information necessary to complete this requirement.  It is expected that Scouts have prepared for this requirement prior to the class and are ready to share their knowledge during the class.


6. Do the following:

a. Explain the importance of practicing Leave No Trace techniques. Discuss the positive effects of Leave No Trace on fishing resources.

b. Discuss the meaning and importance of catch and release. Describe how to properly release a fish safely to the water.

Scouts are highly encouraged to work on this requirement prior to the class.  While time will be allotted in the class to covering the principles of Leave No Trace and catch and release, it will be structured more as a review of these principles rather than an introduction.  Scouts will likely find it easier to prepare ahead of time by making notes they can reference during the class discussion.  Scouts not coming to the class with preparation work in the way of at least having a base knowledge of the components of this requirement will find it nearly impossible to finish this requirement on the day of the class.


7. Obtain and review the regulations affecting game fishing where you live. Explain why they were adopted and what is accomplished by following them.

Scouts should perform a simple internet search (with your parent's permission) to find the fishing regulations applicable to your state and local area.  Scouts may also obtain this information from other sources.  Bring a copy of your findings to class to aid you in the discussion and review of this requirement.  Scouts showing up without any information will be assumed to not have researched this requirement completely and will NOT be signed off on the requirement.  The merit badge counselor MAY have some of this information, but Scouts should not rely on this and in no way is it implied that the counselor will provide this information, it is the Scout's responsibility to obtain the required information for this requirement.


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.

Scouts should prepare prior to the class their thoughts and findings for each aspect of this requirement.  It is highly recommended that Scouts consider making notes that they may reference when explaining their findings during the class. Be prepared.


9. Catch at least one fish and identify it.

This requirement will NOT be completed during the class.  Scouts that have caught a fish (while a registered Boy Scout) may consider bringing a photo of themselves and the fish they caught.  Be sure to know what kind of fish it is so that you can have the potential of completing thie requirement with a review by the merit badge counselor.


10. If regulations and health concerns permit, clean and cook a fish you have caught. Otherwise, acquire a fish and cook it. (You do not need to eat your fish.)

This requirement will NOT be completed in the class, however Scouts may complete this requirement prior to the class and bring proof of completion for consideration by the merit badge counselor for sign off.

this page last reviewed / updated: March 2020