TU Summer Camps and Academies

A national network of summer angling and conservation experiences.


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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.

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.


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.

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.


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.



2019 TU Summer Camps and Academies

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: July 12-14, 2019
Contact: Jim Brashear 907-479-8542
Location: Lost Lake Scout camp, Fairbanks Alaska
https://www.facebook.com/TUAlaska/

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

California Sierra Trout Camp
Dates: June 8-9, 2019
Contact: Sam Sedillo
Location: Sagehen Creek Field Station, Truckee, California
www.facebook.com/TruckeeTU

Colorado River Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp
Dates: June 9-15, 2019
Contact: Dave Nickum, (303) 440-2937
Location: Silent Springs Resort, Almont, Colorado
Coloradotu.org/YouthCamp

Northern Colorado Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Day Camp
Dates: July 29-August 3, 2019 (day camp format)
Ages: 14-17
Contact: William Gedge
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
www.rockymtnflycasters.org
*Preference given to North Central Colorado Youth.

Georgia Trout Camp
Dates: June 2-7, 2019
Ages: 12 – 15
Contact: Charlie & Kathy Breithaupt, (706) 782-6954
Location: Tallulah Falls School, Tallulah Falls, GA
Georgia TU Camp Webpage

Idaho Trout Camp
Dates: July 15-19, 2019
Ages: 10-13 for campers. Leaders in Training ages 13+.
Contact: Ted Trueblood
Location: MK Nature Center, Boise, Idaho
www.tedtruebloodtu.org/troutcamp/

Illinois Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: July 21-26, 2019
Ages: 13 -18
Contacts: Dan LaFave
Location: Ralph A MacMullan Conference Center, Roscommon, Michigan
www.obtu.org | 2018 Camp Flyer

Maine Trout Camp
Dates: June 23-28, 2019
Ages: 13-17
Contact: Willie Grenier, (207) 872-2014
Location: Evergreens Campground, Solon, Maine
http://www.troutcamp.org/

Michigan Youth Trout Camp
Dates: June 23-27, 2019
Ages: 14-16
Contacts: Alan Brooks, (269) 370-3269; Paul Meyer
Location: Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center Roscommon, Michigan
www.kvctu.org

Montana Fly Fishing & Conservation Camp
Dates: July 14-18, 2019
Contact: Jessica McCutcheon
Location: Camp Watanopa, Georgetown Lake, Montana
www.montanatu.org

National TU Teen Summit
Dates: June 29-July 3, 2019
Contacts: Tara Granke, Franklin Tate
Location: Campfire Camp, Georgetown Lake, Montana
www.tu.org/teensummit

New Hampshire Trout Camp
Dates: August 10-14, 2019 (Tier 1 and Counselors-in-Training), June 19-23, 2019 (Tier 2)
Contacts: Phil Donovan, (603) 225-2511
Location: The Glen at Bear Tree, Pittsburgh, New Hampshire
http://nhcouncil.tu.org/nh/youth-fly-fishing-conservation-camp 

New York Trout Waters Youth Camp
Dates: June 30-July 5, 2019
Ages: 13-17
Contacts: Bob Mead
Location: Land of the Vikings on the Delaware River, Hancock, NY

North Carolina Rivercourse
Dates: June 16-22, 2019
Contacts: Reba Brinkman; David Vigue
Location: Lake Logan Center, Canton, North Carolina
www.rivercourse.org 

Oregon Youth Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: July 25-28, 2019
Ages: 10-14
Contact: Dave Tenney; (503) 408-4898
Location: Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon
www.clackamasrivertu.org 

Pennsylvania Rivers Conservation & Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: June 16-21, 2019
Ages: 14-17
Contacts: Clark Hall, (717) 697-4549
Location: Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania
www.riverscamp.com

Pennsylvania Keystone College/TU Teens Conservation Camp
Dates: June 23-29
Contact: Charlie Charlesworth, (570) 954-5042
Location: Keystone College, LaPlume, PA
www.flyfishingsummercamp.org

Tennessee Trout Adventure Camp
Dates: June 17-22, 2019
Ages: 12-15
Contacts: Steve Young, (832) 256-3228; Sean Fagan
Location: Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Townsend, TN
www.tntroutadventure.org 

Texas Youth Trout Camp
Dates: January 19-20, 2019
Ages: 12-17
Contact: Dakus Geeslin, (512) 934-0000
Location: Rio Guadalupe River Resort, Guadalupe River, Sattler, Texas
https://rioguadaluperesort.com/

Utah Teen Fly Fishing & Stream Ecology Camp
Fly Fishing and Stream Ecology Camp
Dates: June 10-12, 2019
Ages: 12-18
Contact: David Leta, (801) 257-1928
Location: Sportsman’s Paradise, Paradise, UT

Utah Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: July 31-August 2, 2019
Contact: Paul Holden, (435) 757-1647
Location: Stokes Nature Center, Cache Valley, UT
logannature.org 

Vermont Trout Camp
Dates: June 23-27, 2019
Ages: 13-16
Contact: Kurt Budliger
Location: Jackson’s Lodge, Canaan, VT on Lake Wallace
www.vermonttroutcamp.com

Tri-State Conservation & Fishing Camp (VA, WV, MD, and DC)
Dates: June 23-28, 2019
Ages: 13-17
Contacts: Galen Westman, (571) 606-0307; George Gaines, (202) 904-3547
Location: Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria, Virginia
www.tucamp.org

NW Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Academy
Dates: June 23-29, 2019
Contacts: Mike Clancy, (360) 753-1259; Jim Brosio, (360) 943-9947
Location: Gwinwood Conference Center, Lacey, Washington
www.nwycffa.com

Wisconsin Youth Fishing Camp
Dates: August 15-18, 2019
Ages: 12-16
Contacts: Linn Beck; Wayne Parmley
Location: Pine Lake Bible Camp, Waupaca, Wisconsin


FOR MORE INFORMATION

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

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