Introduction to Spincast Fishing With Scouts BSA

June 11, 2022, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT Free
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Introduction to Spincast Fishing With Scouts BSA

An adult instructs two children in spincast fishing at a lake.
  • When: Saturday, June 11, 2022, 9–11 a.m. Please arrive EARLY to find parking and locate the group; weekends at the boat launch can be very busy.
  • Where: Marsh Creek State Park Boat Launch, Western Side Boat Launch, Marsh Creek Park, Downingtown, PA 19335.
  • Who: Scouts BSA entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade during the 2022-23 school year.
  • Cost: FREE thanks to generous funding from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Registration is required for youth participants and adult chaperones.

Registration is REQUIRED for both youth participants and adult chaperones (parents, caregivers, troop leaders). Walk-in participants are not permitted due to COVID-19 safety and limited space.

Scouts BSA (grades 6-8), join Stroud Water Research Center for a FREE hands-on introduction to spincast fishing at Marsh Creek State Park! Learn how to be a *SMART angler on your local waterways, discover freshwater fish that call Pennsylvania home, practice casting a line on a spincast fishing rod, and try your luck catching a fish from Marsh Creek Lake.

No equipment or experience is required; all fishing equipment is provided and beginner-level instruction is facilitated by the Stroud Center Education Department and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Adult chaperones are encouraged. Registration for youth and adults is required.

All youth participants will receive a unique Stroud Center Education Programs Patch, an activity patch for your Scouts BSA member to remember their watershed education adventure! 

*The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s SMART angler principles include Safety, Manners, Appreciation, Release, and Teach — which encourage all fishing enthusiasts to respect and care for the environment and pass along this knowledge to others to perpetuate sustainable enjoyment of our natural resources. This 2-hour introductory program integrates SMART angler principles and includes activities on the types of fish found in Pennsylvania, fish habitats, safety, equipment, outdoor manners, and protecting our water resources. Each participant learns basic fishing skills and gets to put those skills to use. 

COVID-19 Safety Protocols 

💧 Program will take place entirely outdoors.

💧 Face masks are currently OPTIONAL during outdoor program activities when physical distancing can be maintained. This may shift to a requirement based on COVID-19 surges in the best interest and safety of all participants. Registrants will be alerted to any changes to masking requirements by email.

💧 Participants should bring their own face mask with proper fit (over the nose, chin, and cheeks) for use if requested.

💧 Participants are asked to maintain 6 feet of physical distancing whenever possible.

💧 Participants are asked not to attend the program if feeling any combination of atypical symptoms, including but not limited to fatigue, coughing, sore throat, fever, chills, etc.

Required Waiver of Liability
To participate in this free education program led by Stroud Water Research Center, all participants (youth and adults) are REQUIRED to submit the electronic registration form, which contains a digital version of our mandatory Waiver of Liability.

Questions? Please contact Watershed Education Specialist David Kline,

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