Teen Summit


TU Teen Summiteers, volunteers, and staff in July 2014, at the service project site in Wisconsin.
Photo by Heidi Oberstadt

Come to TU's Teen Summit to meet other TU teens from across the country, talk about how TU can better engage teen members, learn how to become a TU leader in your community, work on a service project and fish! Spend five days with a group of new friends that love fishing, the outdoors and TU as much as you do.

2015 Summit Location:

Western Carolina University -- Cullowhee, NC

2015 Summit Dates:

June 28-July 2


Dedicated anglers and conservationists who have shown involvement with TU and have just completed 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. All summiteers must be TU members before attending the TU Teen Summit; teens can sign up for a TU Teen membership for $14. Not all teens who apply are accepted to the Summit.

Ever wondered what teens get out of the TU Teen Summit?  A lot!  You can read some teens' thoughts about what they've learned.  
 TU Teen Summit Why Teens Attend vFINAL.pdf

2015 Cost:

$200 -- it includes food, lodging, shuttle from the airport (if required) and all activities. Selected applicants will be asked to pay this fee by late May.

TU Teen Summit 2015 Application

Using the link above, be prepared to answer the following questions:
1. How have you interacted with TU so far?
2. Why do you want to attend the TU Teen Summit and what do you hope to get from it?
3. Give an example of a time that you demonstrated leadership.  What did you do?
4. What activity or benefit could TU offer that would most interest teenagers in your community?
5. Will you have time in your schedule after the Summit to dedicate to planning and participating in TU Teen programs?  If so, do you have any unique skills that might be helpful to the group?
6. (for returning summiteers only) Why do you want to return to the summit?  What do you think will be different for you this year?
7. Please give us the contact information (name, how you know this person, e-mail, phone number) of two individuals who can tell us why you are an outstanding candidate for TU’s Teen Summit. 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  The last day to apply is April 18. Selected applicants should also be prepared to participate in a 10-minute phone interview.  Participants will be selected on a rolling basis, with the last notifications on May 1st. 


Agenda includes:

  • conservation tours of the western North Carolina Appalachian highlands
  • leadership skills workshops to bring new TU activities into your community
  • conservation science workshops
  • fly tying and fly fishing workshops
  • fly fishing and conservation biology guest speakers
  • a service project at a local stream
  • lots of time for hanging out, tying flies, and fishing!



TU Teen Summit 2015 FAQs vFINAL.pdf  

TU Teen Summit 2015 Fact Sheet vFINAL.pdf



For more information, contact Franklin Tate, Director of TU's Headwaters Youth Program, or Rochelle Gandour-Rood, Program Coordinator.



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