fishing tournamentSeptember 27-29, 2024

Camp Strake
2020 Camp Strake Rd.
Coldspring, TX 77331

Fishing Tournament for Scouts in Troops, Crews and Ships

Dive into the excitement of the Angler Adventure, the ultimate fishing derby hosted at the breathtaking Camp Strake! Nestled in the heart of nature's embrace, this event brings together passionate anglers for an unforgettable fishing experience.

Camp Strake, renowned for its scenic beauty and large lake, provides the perfect backdrop for this thrilling competition. Armed with their fishing rods, Scouts will have a chance to showcase their skills and reel in the big catch in the spirit of friendly competition. Anglers will swap tales of their fishing triumphs while sharing tips and tricks to outwit their fellow competitors. Prizes will be awarded for various categories, including the largest fish, smallest fish, and most fish caught.

The event is being hosted by the council fishing committee and Sea Scouts.

Merit Badge Completions (updated 10/23/23):  Advancements have been uploaded into Scoutbook.  How to view advancements in Doubleknot. If the advancements did not show up in Scoutbook, it is because the name or BSA provided did not match Scoutbook. View the Advancement Report (search the .pdf for the name of your Scout) and provide to your unit leader and they can input the advancements into Scoutbook.

Advancement Report


The registration fee is $25 for Scouts and adults and includes lunch and the fishing tournament; the fee for adults not participating in the tournament is $10 and includes lunch. A fishing license is not required. Registration can be completed by the troop, crew or ship leadership or the parent/guardian of individual Scouts attending.  There are no arrangements or program for Cub Scouts or siblings. How to Register.




6:30 - 8:30 pm Troops camping check-in  


7:00 - 8:00 am Saturday only participants check-in (park at campsites 18, 19 or 20) Boat Pavilion (across from pool)
8:05 am Opening flags  Boat Pavilion
8:15 -11:45 am     Fishing Tournament (please arrive early)  
12:00 pm  Lunch  Dining Hall
1:15 pm Awards Ceremony Dining Hall
2:00 pm Merit Badge Classes (select the class during registration)  
5:15 pm Closing Ceremony Boat Area
5:30 pm Saturday only participants depart  


10:30 am Troop break campsites and check out    

Merit Badge Classes

Program Area (select 2-3)

Prerequisites and Notes (learn more about partials)

Fishing • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Not covered:  #10 might not be completed if fish isn't caught 
Fly Fishing • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Not covered: #10 might not be completed if fish isn't caught; #11
Fish and Wildlife Management        • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Not covered: #5, 6a, 6c, , 7a, 7b, 7d

What to Bring

  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (part A&B for all Scouting events) for every participant
  • Fishing pole (some poles will be available for check-out on a first-come, first-serve basis)
  • Freshwater bait (e.g., worms, corn, jigs, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, topwater lures)
  • Tackle box with hooks (barbless that use pliers to pinch down the barb, bobbers, weight sinkers, worm hooks) and pliers
  • Activity uniform (Scout t-shirt) is recommended
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Pen or Sharpie
  • Cap or hat 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Water bottle and water
  • Drinks and snacks (cooler, optional)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Paper towels or rags
  • Insect repellent (non-aerosol) 
  • Portable chair or camp stool 
  • Canopy, optional
If camping with your unit, bring:  
Personal Gear* (check with unit leader)
  • Field uniform (Scout uniform)^
  • Tent and ground cloth
  • Sleeping bag, blankets, sheet 
  • Pillow 
  • Cot or pad 
  • Shoes (closed-toe) or hiking boots 
  • Pajamas or sleeping clothes
  • Rain gear (pants and jacket) 
  • Personal items (e.g., deodorant, comb, medications, toothpaste, toothbrush)
  • Personal medications: prescriptions (listed on medical form) and over-the-counter, in original containers
  • Camping gear
  • Mosquito netting
  • Backup phone battery, rechargeable, fully charged, optional
  • Spending money for trading post (cash, debit, credit), optional
Troop Equipment
  • Trash bags, 55-gallon
  • Ice chest
  • Troop first aid kit 
  • Lanterns 
  • Lockable storage container 
  • Firewood (if no burn ban) 
  • Cooking gear and food for breakfast and dinner (lunch is provided)
  • Hose, optional
  • Hand washing station to put next to the water spigot, recommended (e.g., small bucket, bar of soap)
  • Sports equipment, optional (e.g., Frisbee, football, soccer ball, kickball)
^The field uniform is not expected to be worn as part of the weekend programming, so check with the Scoutmaster before packing.
*Mark all items with name and troop number.  Electricity is limited.

Don’t Bring: Valuables, electronics (e.g., iPad), fireworks, sheath or hunting knives, pets, hammocks, personal firearms and ammunition, jewelry, personal bows and arrows or hammocks.

#Bikes (non-motorized) are allowed on all paved roads to access the campsites and program areas and on the marked mountain bike trail by the bike barn. There are bike racks near the climbing tower, shooting sports area, Grand Pavilion, and campsites 1 and 20. All other trails, including sidewalks and grassy areas are off-limits. Helmets, proper safety protocols, and procedures are required at all times while riding bicycles. Learn more about BSA Bike Safety.


Three real baits will be available to participants – live worms, corn, and hot dog pieces. These are primarily
used for the Bluegill or Redear Sunfish. Plastic artificial worms will also be provided to rig up a Texas Rig primarily for the Largemouth Bass.


Awards will be given to both Scouts and Scouters in the following categories:

  • Largest Bass
  • Largest Sunfish
  • Smallest Bass
  • Smallest Sunfish 
  • Most fish caught – Strake Master Angler 
  • Overall Total Length of All Fish Caught 


Scoring will be done on the honor system.  Each participant will be given a score sheet and a wooden ruler.  Each participant will measure their fish and write down the length (to the closet ¼ inch) and species of fish.

Tournament Rules

  • Angler ClassicOnly fish in designated areas; no wading in the lake.
  • All fish must be caught with a fish rod or cane pole; cast nets are not allowed.
  • In order for a fish to count, it must be caught during the event time only.
  • Scouts must catch their own fish.  
  • All fish will qualify.
  • Documentation of a catch will be done on the honor system – A Scout is Trustworthy.  Scorecards and wooden rulers will be provided to each participant.
  • Fish must be landed and measured in order to qualify.
  • All fish will be measured from the nose of the fish to the tail (pinched together). A diagram is on the scorecard.
  • This is a catch-and-release event.  All fish must be returned to the water as quickly as possible.  
  • No treble hooks are allowed
  • Hooks should be barbless (use pliers to pinch down the barb…this causes less harm to the fish).
  • All Scouts will be given a raffle ticket and entered into a drawing for additional fishing derby prizes. Scouts are only eligible to win one prize.
  • All Scouts and Scouters must show good sportsmanship at all times.

General Information

  • All Scouts must check in between 7:00- 8:00 am on Saturday morning.
  • Lunch is provided; additional meals are on your own.
  • Park in front of the campsites; campsite 20 is closest to the lake.
  • If a Scout is attending individually, they must have a buddy or parent/guardian with them and can check out after the awards ceremony.
  • Troops, crews, and ships must provide appropriate leadership. Only Scouts with a troop, crew, or ship are allowed to camp for the weekend. Campsites and bathroom facilities must be cleaned prior to departure.
  • All Camp Strake policies apply.

Buddy System

Scouting 101All Scouts should adhere to the buddy system throughout the camp. Scouting’s buddy system calls for Scouts to pair up with a friend or two for all activities. This helps ensure safety and accountability and teaches Scouts to have responsibility for others. No Scout should ever be found wandering through camp alone. It can be difficult to implement the buddy system when a Scout does not schedule classes with fellow members of their troop. Troop leaders are encouraged to pair Scouts in classes as much as possible. If this is not feasible, the Scout should walk with other Scouts in the class to the location of the merit badge class. Due to the number of Scouts and the short amount of time between classes, this should be a relatively simple exercise. 

 Prerequisites, Requirements Not Covered and Partials

merit badge booksAttending a merit badge class does not guarantee that a Scout will complete the merit badge, but it is an opportunity for Scouts to meet with qualified counselors, to help them work on the requirements needed to complete a merit badge. The merit badge fair should not be considered another school where the pupils sit and stare for hours on end. Scouts should come prepared to participate. The counselor's job is to encourage self-discovery and then check that each Scout has the minimum knowledge and does the requirements. Scouts should be ready to take notes and come prepared with notetaking materials and writing utensils. Remember one goal of the merit badge advancement system is to develop individual growth and initiative. 

Prerequisites: All Scouts are to read the merit badge book prior to the Merit Badge Fair. Merit Badge books can be purchased at an area Scout Shop. Scouts are to be prepared to answer the questions to each of the requirements before the merit badge fair; Scouts are highly encouraged to print and complete the worksheets available at to help them prepare. Some merit badges require additional prerequisites to be must be completed before the merit badge fair.

Merit Badge Worksheets

Requirements not covered: Some of the requirements cannot be completed during the class. The Scout should bring documentation of requirements not covered. Scouts are encouraged to complete requirements not covered before the merit badge fair and bring proof of completion; otherwise, the Scout will receive a partial.

Partials: If the Scout does not complete the requirements not covered and bring documentation to the class, the Scout will receive a partial completion of the merit badge. The partial completion will be noted on the blue card, given to the Scout at the completion of the class. Scouts will need to complete the badge with a registered merit badge counselor approved for that particular badge back with their unit. Merit badge counselors are not usually available to serve as a counselor after merit badge fair ends unless arrangements are made. Find a list of merit badge counselors by logging into with your my.scouting userID and password, click on My Dashboard, Administration, your unit and scroll down the page. Remember that a youth member must not meet one-on-one with an adult. Sessions with counselors must take place where others can view the interaction, or the Scout must have a buddy: a friend, parent, guardian, brother, sister, or other relatives—or better yet, another Scout working on the same badge.

Advancements Completed 

An Application for Merit Badges (blue cards) is not required.

A few weeks after the event, all of the completed requirements will be posted directly into Scoutbook by the merit badge counselor.  How to pull advancement reports.   

How to Register or Update a Registration

Click on the registration link, then click Register. 

Step 1: Select a participant: Schedule For
Step 2: If applicable, select class
Step 3: Select a class add
Repeat step 2 and 3: afternoon class, if needed if more than one class is offered in a day.
Continue steps 1, 2 and 3 for additional participants

Step 4: Review the schedule.
Step 5:   continue
Step 6:  checkout
Step 7: Select payment type  payment
Step 8:  make payment

Classes that are full will not appear.

Change Classes

To modify your registration:

View Advancements Completed

A few weeks after the event, advancements completed will be entered into Doubleknot and then uploaded directly into Scoutbook. If a parent doesn't enter the first and last name and BSA ID correctly in the registration system, then the advancements won't upload into Scoutbook. Some troops don't use Scoutbook. A parent can login to Doubleknot and pull a report to provide to the Scoutmaster or unit advancement chair.

  • Login to
  • To obtain your User ID and Password, click on  You must use the same User ID that you used to initially register.
  • Click on My Account.   account
  • Click on the Registrations tab. 
  • Click on Reports.     report
  • Click on Class / Activity Completion Award completion award

            Doubleknot Support.  

 Merit Badge Counselors

merit badge counselors

Merit badge counselors are needed to run the merit badge classes. Merit badge counselors must be registered with the council and have up-to-date Youth Protection Training. YPT can be taken at It is our goal for the Scouts to be afforded opportunities to share resources from other troops with diverse occupations and skills. Participants will be expected to complete all the requirements as indicated by the Boy Scouts of America. Merit badge counselors should wear their Scout uniform if possible.  

The merit badge counselor is a key player in the advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications)—as a merit badge counselor, you can play a vital role in stirring a young man's curiosity about that particular topic. By serving as a merit badge counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest. If you are interesting in volunteering as a merit badge counselor and event volunteer, please note that in the registration link and the event chair will contact you.


Notice!  Please be advised that promotional videotaping/photography may be in progress at any time at an event. Your entrance constitutes your agreement that the council has the right to reproduce your likeness in videography/photography for promotion (e.g., publications, internet, newspaper).

Scouting Safely

Safety is Your ResponsbilityThe BSA's Commitment to Safety is ongoing and we want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. The Sam Houston Area Council takes great strides to ensure the safety of its youth as well as the adult volunteer leadership that interacts with them. 

BSA Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed. All participants must follow Youth Protection Guidelines at all Scouting events. Highlights include:

  • Two-deep leadership on all outings required.  
  • One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited. 
  • The buddy system should be used at all times. 
  • Discipline must be constructive.

Health and safety must be integrated into everything we do, to the point that no injuries are acceptable beyond those that are readily treatable by Scout-rendered first aid. As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in a Scout activity, the BSA National Health and Safety Committee and the Council Services Division of the BSA National Council have developed the SAFE Checklist of BSA safety procedures for physical activity. These 16 points, which embody good judgment and common sense, are applicable to all activities.

Youth Protection Guidelines  Guide to Safe Scouting  SAFE Checklist  Enterprise Risk Management


For more information, contact Chip Whitley or Neal Farmer.

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