The Arizona mountains are well regarded for their bountiful lakes, and streams, for freshwater and fly fishing. Camp Geronimo is in the center of it all, which makes our Scouting Fish Camp such a great opportunity for Scouts and Scout Leaders looking for a new advanced summer camping opportunity.
Learn From Fishing Anglers
Fish Camp is a high-end angling program offered by Trout Unlimited and the Grand Canyon Council, BSA. This is not your grandfather’s cane pole fishing experience. Participants will learn the ecology necessary to select proper fly or bait, understand where to cast, and master the art provoking fish to attack your fly or lure. Interested scouts will earn and learn both Fishing and Fly-Fishing Merit badges as they become proficient in technical skills like casting and fly tying. Join our expert staff and fish the beautiful streams and lakes of Northern Arizona in this unique scouting adventure.
Who Fish Camp is for
Any registered Scout who is at least 13 years old by camp. Also, those who attend must be able to pass the BSA Swimmer’s Test. Girls under 18 are encouraged to participate in this program, but they may need to provide a female adult leader, please contact the Camp Register to inquire.
What You’ll Experience in a Week at Fish Camp
Visit to Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery
Entomology and using a seine to capture aquatic invertebrates
Fishing local spots like:
Green Valley Lakes
Water and soil conservation, including Leave No Trace
Fishing First Aid
Enjoying meals of fresh fish
Fish anatomy and dissection
Night fishing experience
Advanced Fishing Opportunities
The purpose of Fish Camp is not to sit in class and earn merit badges, we want our participants to be in-the-field fishing. That said, to become an excellent angler you will be exposed both knowledge and skills
Fishing Merit Badge
Fly Fishing Merit Badge
Fish & Wildlife Management Merit Badge
Soil & Water Conservation
Cooking Merit Badge (some requirements are covered while cooking in camp)
More to Know
Transportation While at Camp: Fish Camp will provide a 15-Passenger Van to transport participants to the various fishing locations and learning experiences.
Food and lodging: Participants will be housed in cabins at R-C Scout Ranch and will use the R-C Dining Hall. All participants should check in on Sunday at Camp Geronimo in order to turn in the medical form and take the BSA Swimmer Test.
Leaders can Attend: Fish Camp provides the primary leadership, but other adult leaders are encouraged to attend along with their Scouts.
What to Bring: Most anglers are comfortable with their own gear and we encourage you to bring your own gear; however, the camp will have rods and equipment necessary to support those without gear. All participants will be receiving some awesome fishing swag. Please see the attached packing list in order to be prepared for the week.
Fishing License: All participants 18 and under will receive a free AZ Hunting and Fishing Fishing License. Adults should go to the AZGF website (https://fishaz.azgfd.com/ license-info/) and purchase a license. Bring the license with you to camp.
Fishing Gear: The Grand Canyon Council and Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited are furnishing all fishing equipment needed. You may bring your own fishing gear if you wish. Fish Camp is not responsible for the loss or damage of personal equipment.
Friday Night: The Fish Camp will conclude Friday evening after dinner and a brief graduation ceremony. Participants may either head home, spend the night at R-C, or head back to Geronimo and join their troop for the closing campfire and Order of the Arrow Ceremony. Please let staff know your plans during Sunday check-in.