Youth Fishing & Conservation Camps

A national network of summer angling and conservation experiences.

See below for a full listing of camps and contact information for enrollment. Don’t see a camp in your state or have a conflict with the dates? All of Trout Unlimited’s youth camps accept applications from out of state.

Trout Unlimited chapters and councils currently sponsor and operate 25 camps and academies — ranging from two-day casting or fly tying clinics to overnight summer camps. This variety of venues means young fly fishers can experience many kinds of rivers and streams, angling techniques and trout species.

Pennsylvania’s Cumberland Valley chapter started the Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp in 1995 under the guidance of the late Dr. John R. “Jack” Beck and the late Enoch S. “Inky” Moore. The award-winning camp has served as a model for the growing number of camps being held around the country by other Trout Unlimited chapters.

The camps include a comprehensive curriculum and draw upon the expertise and commitment of professional resource managers, scientists, fly tiers, fishing guides, and experienced Trout Unlimited volunteers. Many include hands-on experience with a habitat restoration project and the opportunity to fish a variety of local waters. During the camp young anglers learn much more than fishing skills — they gain an appreciation for the need to protect our coldwater fisheries and other natural resources.

All levels of experience are welcome at our camps. The goal is to have fun, learn a lot, and make friends with other young fly fishers.

The First Step in Becoming a Teen Leader in TU

Attending one of our summer fly fishing camps is a step to becoming a teen leader within Trout Unlimited. Camp graduates are encouraged to apply for TU’s Teen Summit, a national leadership development retreat held annually.

TU Summer Camps and Academies Listing

  • Know a young person interested in fishing and conservation? Tell them about TU’s summer camps and academies!
  • Camper age range, daily schedules, and cost of camps varies so get in touch with the directors to find out more.

Alaska Howie Van Ness Memorial Kids’ Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: June 10-12, 2022
Contact: David Vick
Location: Lost Lake Scout camp, Fairbanks Alaska

Arizona Council TU Fish Camp
Dates: Two sessions: June 5-10, 2022 + June 12-17, 2022
Contact: Alan Davis, 925-785-5583; Doyle Gaines, (480) 708-8982
Ages: 13-18
Location: R-C Scout Ranch, Payson, Arizona
AZTU Fish Camp Webpage

Arkansas Youth Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: TBA
Contact: Daryl Greenwood
Location: Dry Run Creek, Mountain Home, Arkansas
Arkansas White River Camp

California Sierra Trout Camp
Dates: TBA
Contact: Sam Sedillo
Location: Sagehen Creek Field Station, Truckee, California

Colorado River Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp
Dates: June 12-18, 2022
Contact: Barbara Luneau
Location: AEI Outfitter, Almont, Colorado

Northern Colorado Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Day Camp
Dates: TBA
Ages: 14-17
Contact: William Gedge
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
*Preference given to North Central Colorado Youth.

Georgia Trout Camp
Dates: June 5-10, 2022  Applications open until April 15
Ages: 13 – 15
Contact: Charlie & Kathy Breithaupt, (706) 782-6954
Location: Tallulah Falls School, Tallulah Falls, GA
Georgia TU Webpage

Idaho Trout Camp
Dates: June 27-July 1, 2022
Ages: 10-13 for campers. Leaders in Training ages 13+.
Contact: Rachel Suchan
Location: Silver Creek Plunge, Garden Valley, ID

Illinois Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: July 24 – 29, 2022
Ages: 13 -18
Contacts: Dan LaFave
Location: Ralph A MacMullan Conference Center, Roscommon, Michigan

Maine Trout Camp
Dates: June 19 – 24, 2022
Ages: 13-17
Contact: Matthew Streeter; Robb Cotiaux
Location: Evergreens Campground, Solon, Maine

Michigan Youth Conservation & Trout Camp
Dates: June 19 – 23, 2022
Ages: 14-17
Contacts: Jon Chizmadia;  Andy Pokorski
Location: Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center Roscommon, Michigan

Montana Fly Fishing & Conservation Camp
Dates: July 10-14 Day Clinics
Contact: Bill Pfeiffer
Location: Camp Watanopa, Georgetown Lake, Montana

National TU Teen Summit
Dates: July 6 -10, 2022
Contacts: Tara Granke, Franklin Tate
Location: Lake Logan Center, Canton, NC

New Hampshire Trout Camp
Dates: Tier 1:  August 13-17, 2022; Tier 2:  June 22-26, 2022
Contacts: Phil Donovan, (603) 225-2511
Locations: Berlin and Pittsburg, New Hampshire 

New York Trout Waters Youth Camp
Dates: June 26-July 1, 2022
Ages: 14-17
Contacts: Bob Mead or Mike Walchko
Location: Big Valley Lodge, West Branch of the Delaware River, Hale Eddy, NY

North Carolina Rivercourse: Coldwater Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: June 19-24, 2022
Contact: Chris Marok, (828) 494-4633
Location: Lake Logan Center, Canton, North Carolina

Oregon Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: Postponed to 2022
Ages: 10-14
Contact: Dave Tenney; (503) 408-4898
Location: Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon 

Pennsylvania Rivers Conservation & Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: June 19-24, 2022 (early acceptance application period open until12/31/2021)
Ages: 14-17
Contacts: Clark Hall, (717) 697-4549
Location: Messiah University, Grantham, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Keystone College/TU Teens Conservation Camp
Dates: June 12-18
Contact: Jacob Bliss
Location: Keystone College, La Plume, PA

Tennessee Trout Adventure Camp
Dates: June 20 – 25, 2022
Ages: 12-15
Contacts: Steve Young, (832) 256-3228; Sean Fagan
Location: Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Townsend, TN 

Texas Youth Trout Camp
Dates: January, MLK Jr Day weekend, 2023
Ages: 12-17
Contact: Dakus Geeslin, (512) 934-0000
Location: Rio Guadalupe River Resort, Guadalupe River, Sattler, Texas

Utah Teen Fly Fishing & Stream Ecology Camp
Dates: June 6-8, 2022
Ages: 12-18
Contact: David Leta, (801) 257-1928
Location: Sportsman’s Paradise, Paradise, UT

Utah Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: July 27-29, 2022
Contact: Paul Holden, (435) 757-1647
Location: Stokes Nature Center, Cache Valley, UT 

Vermont Trout Camp
Dates: June 19-23, 2022
Ages: 13-16
Contact: Kurt Budliger
Location: Jackson’s Lodge, Canaan, VT on Lake Wallace

Tri-State Conservation & Fishing Camp (VA, WV, MD, and DC)
Dates: TBA
Ages: 13-17
Contacts: Galen Westman, (571) 606-0307
Location: Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria, Virginia

Washington Northwest Youth Conservation & Fly Academy
Dates: June 19 – 25
Ages: 12-16
Contacts: Mike Clancy, (360) 753-1259; Jim Brosio, (360) 943-9947
Location: Gwinwood Conference Center, Lacey, Washington

Wisconsin Youth Fishing Camp
Dates: August 18-21, 2022
Ages: 12-16
Contacts: Linn Beck; Wayne Parmley
Location: Pine Lake Bible Camp, Waupaca, Wisconsin


Franklin Tate
Director of the Headwaters Youth Program
394 Merrimon Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 545-0747
Contact Franklin Tate