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.

Campers conduct a river seine sample at the NY Trout Waters Youth Camp

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 7-9, 2024
Contact: David Vick
Location: Lost Lake Scout camp, Fairbanks Alaska

Alaska Kenai Peninsula TU Fly Fishing Camp

Dates: May 20-24, 2024 

Contact: Alexa Millward

Location: Kenai River Center, Soldotna, Alaska 

Arizona Council TU Fish Camp
Dates: Three sessions: June 2-7, 9-14, or 16-12, 2024
Contact: Arthur Greenway
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: June 22-23, 2024
Contact: Daniel Johnson
Location: Olympic Valley, California

Colorado River Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp
Dates: June 9-15, 2024
Contact: Barbara Luneau
Location: AEI Outfitter, Almont, Colorado

Northern Colorado Youth Fly Fishing Day Camp
Dates: July 15-19, 2024
Ages: 14-17
Contact: Jim Durante
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
*Preference given to Northern Colorado and SE Wyoming Youth.

Georgia Trout Camp
Dates: June 2-7, 2024  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: July 15-19, 2024
Ages: 10-13 for campers. Leaders in Training ages 13+.
Contact: Kelly Odell
Location: Silver Creek Plunge, Garden Valley, ID

Illinois Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: July 21-26, 2024
Ages: 13 -18
Contacts: Dan LaFave
Location: Ralph A MacMullan Conference Center, Roscommon, Michigan

Maine Trout Camp
Dates: June 23-28, 2024
Ages: 13-17
Contact: Robb Cotiaux; Matthew Streeter
Location: Evergreens Campground, Solon, Maine

Michigan Youth Conservation & Trout Camp
Dates: June 17-21, 2024
Ages: 13-16
Contacts: Jon Chizmadia;
Location: Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center Roscommon, Michigan
Camp Flyer

Montana Fly Fishing & Conservation Camp
Dates: July 7-11, 2024
Contact: Bill Pfeiffer
Location: Camp Watanopa, Georgetown Lake, Montana

National TU Teen Summit
Dates: TBD
Contact: Beverly Smith
Location: TBD

New Hampshire Trout Camp
Dates: Tier 1:  August 9-14, 2024; Tier 2:  June 26-30, 2024
Contacts: Phil Donovan, (603) 225-2511
Locations: Berlin and Pittsburg, New Hampshire 

New York Trout Waters Youth Camp
Dates: June 23-28, 2024
Ages: 14-17
Contacts: Bob Mead or Mike Walchko
Location: Big Valley Lodge, West Branch of the Delaware River, Hale Eddy, New York

North Carolina Rivercourse
Dates: June 9-14, 2024
Ages: 12-15
Contact: Chris Marok
Location: Lake Logan Retreat Center, Canton, North Carolina 

Oregon Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: June 27-30, 2024
Ages: 10-14
Contact: Bob Clements
Location: Crabtree Pond and Creek, Oregon 

Pennsylvania Rivers Conservation & Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: June 16-21, 2024
Ages: 14-17
Contacts: Clark Hall, (717) 697-4549
Location: Messiah University, Grantham, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Keystone College/TU Teens Conservation Camp
Dates: TBA
Contact: Jacob Bliss
Location: Keystone College, La Plume, PA

Tennessee Trout Adventure Camp
Dates: June 17-22, 2024
Ages: 12-16
Contacts: Sean Fagan
Location: Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Townsend, TN 

Texas Youth Trout Camp
Dates: January, MLK Jr Day weekend, 2024
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 18-20, 2024
Ages: 12-18
Contact: David Leta, (801) 560-5382
Location: Sportsman’s Paradise, Paradise, UT

Utah Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: July 31-August 2, 2024
Contact: Paul Holden, (435) 757-1647
Location: Stokes Nature Center, Cache Valley, UT 

Vermont Trout Camp
Dates: June 23-27, 2024
Ages: 13-17
Contact: Kurt Budliger
Location: Quimby Country Lodge, Averill, VT

Washington Northwest Youth Conservation & Fly Academy
Dates: June 22-29, 2024
Ages: 12-16
Contacts: Bruce Merighi (509) 679-2274, John Gravendyke, James Goedhart
Location: Panhandle Lake, Shelton, Washington

Wisconsin Youth Fishing Camp
Dates: August 15-18, 2024
Ages: 12-16
Contacts: Linn Beck
Location: Pine Lake Bible Camp, Waupaca, Wisconsin


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