Training Opportunities

Certified Angler Instructor Training

Certified Angler Instructor Training
Council Service Territory #4

Cuyuna Scout Camp
Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2, 2024
6pm Friday – 12pm Sunday
$40 per person; limited to 24 participants

Gain hands-on experience fly casting, fly tying, various fishing knots, finding fish, and learning fishing etiquette – and how to teach these same skills. Have time to experience the great fishing at Camp Cuyuna.  Learn to clean and cook the fish you catch including a no-bones method of cleaning Pike.  Participants will learn about other council’s fishing programs, about the Complete Anger Award and conservation programs.

You’ll learn about the new Cub Scout Fishing program adventures and how to organize a fishing committee in your council.  And finally, learn about discounts for fishing equipment and program materials.

This is an official BSA certification for fishing and fly-fishing programs and merit badge instructors.  This course will also aid in the development and support of council, district and unit fishing programs.

Cost for this weekend is $40 per person.  This includes all certification materials, tent camping, and delicious meals (dinner Friday evening, 3 meals on Saturday, breakfast & lunch on Sunday).  Or you are welcome to bring your RV, hookups are available, for an additional $35 per night.  

Open to anyone over 15 years of age.  Scouts BSA under age 15 can earn fishing/fly fishing merit badges.

Please arrive anytime Friday with plans to begin the program with dinner on Friday at 6pm.  The program will end following lunch on Sunday around noon.

All participants should bring 
Tent and Ground Cloth (let Ray know if you need this)
Personal Toiletries
Insect Repellent
Rain Gear
Notepad and Pen
Personal Fishing Gear
Health and Medical Form Parts A/B

Certified Angler Training
Health Form AB fillable updated 4-5-22

Questions, please contact John Woodhall III at 320-894-3700 or


Certified Angler Instructor Bios:

This course is led by a group of seasoned fishermen.  Their experience, knowledge, and skills are sure to provide you a great experience.  And let’s not forget about the fish stories they’ll have to tell!

Ray Brauer, Scout Executive for Twin Valley Council.  Ray will be acting as host for this event and is a Certified Angler Course Instructor.  Ray grew up fishing for Sunfish, Crappie and Bass and knows all the best fishing spots at Camp Cuyuna, he even enjoys fishing in rain and thunder.   He has experience in filleting fish and enjoys outdoor cooking.  Ray’s “claim to fame” with this course is that he taught Course Instructor John Woodhall how to use Crappie jigs!

Kori Guza, Sioux Falls Council.  Kori is also a Certified Angler Course Instructor with 15 years of Scouting experience.  As a Clinical Services Director and Play Therapist by trade, Kori brings expertise to youth training.  Kori also has 20 years of coaching experience.  Being a lifelong fisherman will also aide with teaching this course.

Rich Koch, Greater St. Louis Council.  Rich has an extensive background with fishing and more specifically fly fishing.  Rich is the Fishing Program Instructor at S Bar F Ranch Reservation and a Fly-Fishing Guide at Philmont Scout Ranch.  An avid fly tyer and rod builder, Rich, a Fly-Casting Instructor, will be the one to go for all your fly-casting questions.

Tom Monson, Chippewa Council.  Tom, a Certified Angler Instructor, has fishing experience in North America, South Africa and Zimbabwe.  He fishes but saltwater and freshwater fish.  Tom is on the Fly-Fishing staff at Philmont Scout Ranch and is a Fly-Casting Instructor.

John Woodhall III, Northern Star Council.  John is the leader of this group and is an experienced Certified Angler Instructor.  His extensive fishing experience fishing in North America, both freshwater and saltwater, will aide in finding fish at Cuyuna.  John has been the Director of the Fly-Tying Venue at National Jamboree, is a member of the National BSA Outdoor Committee, the Section Director for BSA Outdoor Skills and First Year Camper Programs for National Camp School and the BSA territory 4 Fishing Advocate.  John is a fishing guide and instructor as well.

High Adventure Trek Training

High Adventure Trek Training 
Registered Adult Scouts Only
Pre-Trek Trainings:  TBD Spring 2024
BWCA Trek Friday, July 19 – Thursday, July 25, 2024
$400 per participant


“High adventure is a highlight of Scouting outdoor experiences.  It appeals to, challenges, and inspires the youth and adult leaders who participate. High adventure keeps older youth high on Scouting. Scoutmasters … must make it a priority to promote high-adventure opportunities and to involve members of their units who are qualified for these elite outdoor activities. The pinnacle of Scouting experiences, high adventure can be used to challenge, excite, and hold youth in Scouting.”                                                                                                              –BSA Passport to High Adventure


High Adventure Trek Training:  BWCA

We have all heard about the BSA high adventure bases—Philmont, Sea Base, and Northern Tier.  We have heard about the value of high adventure to leadership and character development for our scouting youth.  However, for some troops, they face significant challenges to participation in high adventure treks.

For some troops, the cost of national high adventure bases, year after year, are too much.  For others, having adults who are confident in their ability to accompany their youth and provide the guidance and safety needed can be daunting.  Having trained leaders and a low-cost high adventure option can be a starting point for these units.

To facilitate those troops and leaders who wish to begin a high adventure program of their own, Twin Valley Council is providing adult leader training which includes a 5-day trek in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) in July 2024.  This hands-on training will focus on providing every participant with the skills needed to take their own troop into the BWCA in 2025 and beyond on a high adventure trek.  This includes budgeting, outfitting, pre-trip preparation, use of equipment, safety considerations/planning, needed outdoor skills, and executing the trek itself. 

While not limited in trek size, we will give preference to Twin Valley Council adults, then subject to date, accept out of council adults.  Twin Valley Council adults may register anytime between today and March 31, 2024.  Out of Council adults may begin registering on January 1, 2024.

Cost for this trek is $400.  A deposit of $100 is due at time of registration with the remaining balance to be paid in full by March 31, 2024.  

Your trek instructors are former scoutmasters Chris Sandquist, Tony Dittrich, and David Kosmatka.  Your BWCA entry point is Number 37.  Your adventure is waiting for you to bring back and share with your troop. 

Training Dates:  Will be determined based on participant’s availability.  Expect at least 2 full days of preparedness training in early to mid-Spring 2024. 

Trek Dates:  July 19, 2024 (evening) to July 25, 2024

Cost: $400 per participant

Requirements:  BSA Health Form Parts A, B, & C; BSA Swimmer; must know the basics of canoe usage (e.g. the requirements of the Canoeing merit badge); the BSA height/weight requirements are guidelines, but participants must demonstrate they are able to meet the physical requirements of a BWCA trek (i.e. ability to walk 320 rods (1 mile) while portaging a 45# canoe or pack).

Trek Training Flyer