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Fishing Derby

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Emmett Ross Memorial Fishing Derby and Merit Badge Event

All are welcome to participate in a Fishing Derby organized by the Pine Hill District.

Cost: $5 per participant when you register in advance ($7 "at the door"). Scouts of all ages and programs are welcome. 

For Scouts BSA: A merit badge counselor for the fishing merit badge will be on-site for the event, and available! He is also a certified angler for the BSA national program.

Youth Fishing Derby Rules (Also available as a downloadable PDF, linked to the side)

  • Cubs & Guests must be accompanied by an adult and use the buddy system onsite.
  • Scouts in Troops/Crews/Ships & guests must use the buddy system onsite.
  • The Derby begins at 9AM when the horn blows.
  • Stay at the lower end of the lake by spillway within sight of registration.
  • No boats or waders allowed.
  • Bring your own fishing rod, tackle, bait, and catch bucket.
  • All catches MUST be youth caught.
  • Adults may fish but are not eligible to participate in the derby and must possess proper licensing.
  • Place catches in your bucket filled with lake water and bring to either of the two catch measure stations.
  • DO NOT SAVE CATCHES. Take them to the measure station as you catch them.
  • Release each catch immediately after measuring. This is a catch & release event only.
  • The Derby ends when the 12 noon horn blows. 
  • There are four categories for youth:

1) Cub Scouts, 2) Cub Scout Guest, 3)Scouts in Troops/Crews/Ships, 4) Guests age 11+                   

  • There are three prize categories for each class.  Total 12 prizes.

1) Shortest Fish, 2) Longest Fish, 3) Most Fish Caught

  • A youth can win only one prize.            (Decision of the judges is final).
  • Winners will be announced after the derby. 
  • In case of a tie for longest or shortest fish, the winner will be determined by who caught the most fish.
  • In the case of a tie for most fish, the winner will be determined by total inches of fish caught.
  • If there is no winner for a class or category the prizes may be used to satisfy a tie or held for the next event.
  • Restrooms on-site will be a Port-A-Pot in the parking lot.
  • Leave No Trace in effect: All debris, trash, bait, tackle, must be removed from the site when you leave. 
When & Where
McLaughlin-Norcross Memorial Dell Haddon Lake Park
Saturday 05-06-2023 8:00 AM ET to 12:00 PM ET Past
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