Cub Scout Fishing Derby

Fishing DerbyMay 3, 2025   |   8:00 am - 1:45 pm

Bovay Scout Ranch   |   Check-in at Campsite 5 on Road A
3450 County Road 317
Navasota, TX 77868

The Cub Scout Fishing Derby is an opportunity for Cub Scouts kindergarten through 5th grade and catch the big one! This is a great event for seasoned anglers or Scouts who haven't ever cast a line.

  • Learn to Fish: Experienced volunteers will teach Scouts about everything from baiting a hook to reeling in a whopper!
  • Friendly Competition: Scouts can show off their skills to see who catches the longest fish, the smallest fish, and the most fish (catch and release).
  • Fun for All: It's not just about fishing; it's about making memories!

This is a great opportunity to experience the outdoors and make new friends. Youth interested in joining Scouts are invited to attend to get a sneak peek at Cub Scouts.


At checkout, pay with a credit card or electronic check.
There is no onsite registration; register online before arriving.  Refund Policy.

                   Register - Full

Cub Scouts (kinder -  5th grade)  $15   Registration includes bait and a patch; lunch is included
Adults & Siblings   $10 For youth not fishing; lunch is included


8:00 – 8:45 am Check-in (allow extra time) Campsite 5 on Road A
8:55 am Opening flag ceremony Campsite 5 on Road A
9:00 – 11:00 am Fishing Tournament  
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch Dining Hall
12:30 - 1:00 pm Awards Dining Hall
1:30 pm Closing ceremony Dining Hall
1:45 pm Depart camp  

What to Bring

  • Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for any Scouting event) for every person attending
  • Arrive hydrated
  • Fishing pole (a fishing license is not required). Fishing rods and reels will be available for those who don't bring a fishing pole
  • Tackle: Barless hooks (use pliers to pinch down on the barb), bobbers, weight sinkers, worm hooks, etc.
  • Bait (worms, corn, jigs, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and topwater lures). Live worms, corn (for bluegill), and artificial worms (for bass) will be available onsite
  • Closed-toed shoes, required
  • Rubber boots or waterproof shoes are recommended
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather (e.g., rain gear)
  • Activity uniform (any Scout t-shirt) for registered Scouts is encouraged
  • Water bottle or cup
  • Hand cleaner (e.g., hand sanitizer, baby wipes, paper towels, rags)
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Camp chairs
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Optional: cooler, canopy for shade, umbrella for shade, favorite lucky fishing shirt


Awards will be given to Cub Scouts for :

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd place for longest fish caught by rank
  • 1st place for smallest fish caught by rank
  • 1st place for most fish caught overall.


  1. All participants must be registered or considering registration in Cub Scouts.
  2. All Cub Scouts must have a parent or guardian with them at all times. No exceptions!  
  3. All fish must be caught with a rod only. Only one rod or pole per Scout. Scouts can bring their own rod, pole, tackle, and net or use camp provided equipment. 
  4. All fish must be caught during the fishing tournament time.
  5. The Scouts must hook, bring in and land the fish. Each fish must be recorded and measured by an authorized judge in order to qualify. Only authorized judges can accept and record fish. On all matters, the decisions of the judges shall be final.
  6. All fish will qualify. This is a catch and release tournament.
  7. All fish will be measured according to the Texas Parks & Wildlife measurement tips.
  8. When a tie exists between qualified potential winners (smallest & longest categories) the one with the most fish caught will be the lead winner. When a tie exists in the Most category, the person with the longest overall inches of fish will be the lead winner.
  9. All Scouts will be entered into a drawing for additional tournament prizes. Scouts are eligible to win only one prize. The Scout must be present at the award ceremony to accept the prize.
  10. At check-in, each Scout will be provided with bait; however, you may bring your own bait (live or artificial).
  11. Parents/guardians may help young Cub Scouts, if absolutely necessary, but the Cub Scouts should do most of the work. This is a youth event. 


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 district has the right to reproduce your likeness in videography/photography for promotion (e.g., publications, internet, newspaper).

Scouting Safely

Safety is Your Responsibility posterScouting America's Commitment to Safety is ongoing, and the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. Scouting America puts the utmost importance on 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. 

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 is 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 Scout activities, the National Health and Safety Committee and the Council Services Division of the National Council has developed the SAFE Checklist of safety procedures for physical activity. These points, which embody good judgment and common sense, are applicable to all activities. 

*About Medical Record: Scouting America requires all participants to bring an Annual Health and Medical Record to every Scouting event. The Scouting adventures, camping trips, and having fun are important to everyone in Scouting—and so is your safety and well-being. Completing the Annual Health and Medical Record is the first step in ensuring you have a great Scouting experience. Completing a health history promotes health awareness, collects necessary data, and provides medical professionals with critical information needed to treat a patient in the event of an illness or injury. It also provides emergency contact information. Please download the form and have it with you at all Scouting events for every member of your family.  

^Closed-toed shoes are highly recommended for all Scouting events. Many of our outdoor venues have snakes and sticks that can injure toes. Many of our activities include active games, so shoes that Scouts can run in (e.g., tennis shoes) are recommended.

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

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For more information about the event, contact Chip Whitley.

For registration support, contact Laquitta Monroe.