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 one-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.
Colorado River Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp
Dates: June 9-15, 2019
Contact: Dave Nickum, (303) 440-2937
Location: Silent Springs Resort, Almont, Colorado
Northern Colorado Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Day Camp
Dates: July 29-August 3, 2019 (day camp format)
Contact: William Gedge
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
*Preference given to North Central Colorado Youth.
Maine Trout Camp
Dates: June 23-28, 2019
Contact: Willie Grenier, (207) 872-2014
Location: Evergreens Campground, Solon, Maine
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
New York Trout Waters Youth Camp
Dates: June 30-July 5, 2019
Contacts: Bob Mead
Location: Land of the Vikings on the Delaware River, Hancock, NY
Tennessee Trout Adventure Camp
Dates: June 17-22, 2019
Contacts: Steve Young, (832) 256-3228; Sean Fagan
Location: Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Townsend, TN
Utah Teen Fly Fishing & Stream Ecology Camp
Fly Fishing and Stream Ecology Camp
Dates: June 10-12, 2019
Contact: David Leta, (801) 257-1928
Location: Sportsman’s Paradise, Paradise, UT
Tri-State Conservation & Fishing Camp (VA, WV, MD, and DC)
Dates: June 23-28, 2019
Contacts: Galen Westman, (571) 606-0307; George Gaines, (202) 904-3547
Location: Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria, Virginia
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
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Director of the Headwaters Youth Program
394 Merrmon Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Contact Franklin Tate