Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by cmann886, Apr 18, 2013.
Catch one fish!!! Geez, back in the early 60's it had to be 5 different species caught by different methods, i.e. fly, lures or bait.
Times have certainly changed. I remember the requirements being 5 different fish species by different methods also.
What the hell? When did that change? I had to catch 5 fish
does it have to be a real fish, or do nintendo fish count too ?
I'd still be working on the 1911 version.
Shoot, one day up at Camp Kline (local boy scout camp) we thought we had a shoo-in fish for the merit badge....a sucker caught on a flatfish. We rarely caught suckers and to this date this was the only one I'd seen caught on an artificial. I have caught carp on lures since then. During the merit badge fishing we had to strategically pick our fish and method so we could save the easier ones for lures. Mostly we caught pickeral, smallmouth bass, chubs and varieties of sunfish. The rare trout could be caught in the slow section. Camp Kline was on Pine Creek in PA (not Port Angeles)
For old age merit badges I had one in Morse Code. We had to be prepared for when the phone lines would go down.
Seems like there is a whole lot of discussing/explaining and very little fishing. Having Sonny actually participate in a blood sport like fishing or hunting might upset Sonny and lead to countless hours of therapy.
Even though one could argue that back in the day, fish were more plentiful, it would still be really hard for most boys to accomplish those things.
My little 2nd cousin asked me for help with his badge. I got all excited thinking about how much fun it would be to help him. 90% of it was him filling out a form/test. What a let down.
I never did boy scouts, and spent my time on the water learning everything from my dad, observing others, and asking questions. I don't have any friends in my age bracket who were in the boy scouts and are good outdoorsmen because of it. I'm not one to quickly jump on the nostalgia band wagon and complain about how nothing is as great as it used to be, but reading the 2012 requirements is just plain sad.
"Otherwise, acquire a fish and cook it"
LOL Me too!
I'm thinking the Boy Scouts of 2012 are wussy boys.
edit: ignore my lack of reading comprehension skills.
I think what he meant was that it's so sad that it says, if you can't catch one, just go "acquire" one and cook it. Why even allow that fallout? It's not a fish frying merit badge. It's a fishing merit badge. Catch one you can eat, cook it and eat it. It's really not that hard to find a consumable fish you can catch and kill.
Well, ya. They probably also get trophies just for showing up for events.
Got it. I replied without reading the #9 listed about, only his quote. Couldn't agree more.
This is kind of like the everybody-gets-a-trophy mentality that prevails in society. Can't just have the winners getting trophies. Sometimes in life we have to actually work for things, they aren't just handed to us (or in this case reached via buying a fish at Safeway).
Interesting thread and brings back some really great memories. I still have my sash around somewhere and fishing was among those I earned. I made it to the rank of star before cars, girls and coolness took over. For grins, I just looked at the BSA site and all the 130 merit badges... lots of new ones. I think scouts (boys and girls) is a really positive thing that teaches great values, teaming and practical skills...far more valuable than staring into screens playing videos, and watching boob-tube videos all day.
I also made it to Star before I had to decide between scouts and girls. My grandpa was a council exec, and most of the uncles, cousins etc are Eagle. (This was the 80s so I played my share of Atari and watched plenty of boob-tube too.)
One of the other 1911 MBs that was simple; Inventing/Invention only required two things 1. Invent and patent something useful and 2. Show a drawing or working model of the same.
The the camping MB required Scouts to sleep in the open or under canvas at different times 50 nights, put up a tent alone and ditched it, build a fire without matches, make a bed of wild material, state how to make a camp site, prepare for rain, build a latrine, how to dispose of camp garbage and refuse, and construct a raft.