side menu icon

Kansas Outdoor Ethics

Our mission is to provide outdoor education and assistance to become better stewards of the environment for generations to come. Our vision is to inspire the lives of those we touch so that they will help spread the word.

Location: We can come to a pond/lake near you! If weather is non-permitting, we can meet indoors for some of the activities.

How to register:  Please review GSKSMO's registration requirements before registering. Contact Mike Schmitt at (913) 948-1116 or

Let's Go Fishing and Leave No Trace

   All Levels 

How do I leave less of an impact? Delivering Leave No Trace through fun and educational activities with a lot of interaction. These can be held at troop meetings or in the parks or woods. Scheduling on a case-by-case basis.  All supplies will be provided.

Go Fish, it is more than a worm and a hook.

Let’s learn fish identification.

  • Understand why we need to know the fish we catch
  • Learn where they live and what they need to survive

Try your hand at casting.

  • Learn safety issues regarding casting
  • Learn and practice how to cast
  • Practice accuracy
  • Learn strategies for playing and landing fish

Knots, Lines, & Hooks

  • Learn the various parts of a hook
  • Hands-on practice with how to tie an Improved Clinch Knot and a Palomar Knot
  • Learn the difference between a: J-hook (Aberdeen), Bait Hook, Circle Hook, and Treble Hook, and when to use them

Basic Tackle and Equipment

  • Learn the difference between different rods
  • Learn the difference between different reels (spin cast, spinning, bait cast, fly)
  • Understand reels and their proper use
  • Practice attaching the reel to a rod, and basic mechanics
  • Understand tension “drag”
  • Take care of your gear

Rules and Regulations

  • Learn state rules and regulations
  • Learn and practice how to use regulations table
  • Learn and practice how to properly measure fish
  • Identify fish by name/species
  • Learn ethical fish-handling techniques and “CPR” – catch, photo, release
  • Learn fishing etiquette
  • Learn how to be and ethical angler 

Additional info:

  • Minimum of 5 girls and maximum of 30
  • Bring towels for wiping hands.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes.
  • Dress for the outdoors.
  • Please review the standard safety guidelines for youth to adult supervision ratio and take into consideration that we will need a little extra such as 1 adult to every 4 youth and be capable of handling fish and bait. 

Cost per girl: Free; Please be a sister to our Girl Scout partners. Our partners invest staff and financial resources to provide unique Girl Scout programming at no cost to our girls and their families/troops. This is one of those special opportunities. In order for our partners to continue offering low-cost and free programming to Girl Scouts, please notify them as soon as possible if you can no longer attend.
Cost per adult: Free

Badge & Journey Connections: Daisy Badge: Eco Learner, Brownie Badge: Eco Friend, Junior Badge: Eco Camper, Cadette Badge: Eco Trekker, Senior Badge: Eco Explorer, Ambassador Badge: Eco Advocate, Daisy Journey: Between Earth and Sky, Brownie Journey: WOW Wonders of Water, Junior Journey: GET MOVING!

Outcomes: Develops a strong sense of self, Displays positive values, Learns to identify and solve problems in her community.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.