You will need
- Camera or phone
- Pens or pencils
- Scrap paper
- Access to water
- Fishing equipment
Before you begin
- This activity is best scheduled a few weeks before a planned fishing trip, so that everyone can use it to help prepare. For help planning the trip itself, check out Fishing trip.
- Leaders and helpers should familiarise themselves with the information below before running this activity. Local angling clubs, tackle shops and The Environment Agency are also great places to turn to for information specific to your region and fishing style.
- See if you can find any example ‘how to’ videos for angling or other activities, for the group to use for reference. They should show how information can be shared clearly in an engaging manner. Download and play or stream these online during the session.
- Leaders should check to see whether everyone’s happy to appear in a video. Parental consent will be required for each person as well, if not already given.
- Leaders and helpers should familiarise themselves with the video equipment to be used in this activity, so that they can lend a hand throughout. If no suitable video equipment is available, the requirement for the Scouts Angler Activity Badge can still be met by each group acting out their ‘how to’ video for everyone else to watch. They can also meet the badge requirement if the major health and safety points are discussed and good practice is demonstrated on your trip.
- Take a look at some of the free video editing applications. People may wish to download a tool to use for this ahead of time.
Run the activity
- Split everyone into small groups of no more than six. Each group will need a device to record video with and props for items you’d take fishing (or actual fishing gear).
- Read out the following activity brief: ‘Create a video in the style of a ‘public safety announcement’, to be played for young anglers when it’s time for them to head out on their first fishing trip. Imagine the people watching are amateurs, with no experience of freshwater or saltwater fishing. You should explain and demonstrate the following:
- How to maintain personal hygiene when fishing.
- Water safety tips (that are applicable for all locations)
- Equipment safety
- Show everyone the examples of ‘how to’ videos prepared earlier to give everyone an idea of what they’re supposed to be producing.
- Groups should discuss the pros and cons of the videos they’ve seen. See if any of them have inspired anyone to try out the activity demonstrated. Encourage everyone to try and achieve this with their angling videos.
- Everyone should get started with their videos. Leaders and helpers should move between the groups, offer support and help handle any issues.
- If there’s time after filming, groups should use video editing tools to perfect their films. When they’re complete, gather together to watch everyone’s films on a display screen.
Teaching others can help us strengthen our own learning experience. Chat as a group about whether you think that sharing what you’ve learnt with others is a useful tool for personal development, and if so, are there other opportunities that could be taken advantage of for everyone to share their skills and experience?
- Poles and long objects
Be careful when moving poles or long items. Take care if the ends are sharp. Have appropriate supervision for this activity.
- Outdoor activities
You must have permission to use the location. Always check the weather forecast and inform parents and carers of any change in venue.
- Phones and cameras
Make sure parents and carers are aware and have given consent for photography.
- Sharp objects
Teach young people how to use sharp objects safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.
- Rubbish and recycling
All items should be clean and suitable for this activity.
- Water games and activities
Be careful when doing activities with, in, or near water. Check surfaces and reduce the risk of slipping where possible. Make sure you have appropriate supervision for this activity.
- Music and films
Make sure music and films are age appropriate for the youngest person present.