Camp Allatoona Aquatics Base
Fishing Merit Badge
What to Bring Prerequisites Resources Registration

You will learn a lot about fish and how to catch them while earning this merit badge. You might catch them for fun and “sport,” or to eat. Fishing can become a lifetime pursuit, like golf or tennis. You will learn about many kinds of fish, along with many ways to catch them. There are always new challenges in fishing, and always more to learn. This is one merit badge you are sure to enjoy earning from the very start.

Please arrive at check-in by 8:00 am at the MAIN pavilion for the daily briefing and look for the fishing MB table. Fishing merit badge participants are not required to take the swimming test because we will not be on or in the water. We are fishing from the shore. The sooner you can get through the workbook session of the class, the more fishing you will be able to do.

Because this is a fishing merit badge class, there's really no way to know if the fish will participate and that is normally the most challenging part of the class.

Class will run from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. You will check in at the MAIN pavilion at 8:00 am then go over to the fishing MB classroom to start. The fishing may be done first from 8:30 am – 11:30 am, then lunch from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm, then book work in the classroom from 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm. This depends on the weather and fishing reports. If fish are caught, you will clean, cook and if you so choose eat them. You will clean and prep the fish and cook it over coals from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Class will be dismissed by 5:00 pm.

You should bring a signed blue card, a packed lunch, completed workbook and any fishing gear that you would like to use. Fishing gear is available if needed. You will be fishing with cut up hot dogs pieces or other bait. You may bring your own bait like worms as it works well.

If you are able to catch fish, clean and cook them, complete all the workbook then you will complete the whole merit badge.

All scouts and parents staying must wear closed toe and heeled shoes. No crocks, sandals or flip flops are allowed. You will be walking through wooded areas to get to the water and close toed shoes are required at all times while in camp for safety reasons.

The class will need to have another adult that will stay to ensure that we satisfy BSA requirements for Two Deep Leadership and Youth Protection Adults may bring a chair and book or sit in on the class.

Class size:  8

What to Bring:

    • Fishing rod and gear
    • Closed toe and heeled shoes. No crocks, sandals or flip flops are allowed
    • Completed Fishing MB workbook, linked below
    • Signed merit badge application (blue card)
    • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sun block)
    • Lunch & water bottle
    • Current medical form


    • Scouts must have completed the workbook linked below and practiced the required knots outlined in the back of the workbook
    • Make sure to bring a Merit Badge blue card signed by your Unit leader and your Merit Badge book.



The programs offered are for Troops, Crews, Ships, and Teams. Cub Scouts may not participate in our programs pursuant to the BSA's Age-Appropriate Guidelines For Scouting Activities. Select a date below and you'll be taken to the Council's registration system, powered by Tentaroo. If you're a parent registering your Scout for one of our programs log in to your account and you'll be taken to the registration page for the desired program. If you don't have an account create an "Individual/Family" account then navigate to the desired program. If you are a Unit Leader registering your unit for one of our programs log in to your unit's account. If you do not have your unit's login information please contact Veronica Bramlet.



Updated 6/29/21
© 2021 Camp Allatoona Aquatics Base, Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, Inc.
All rights reserved.