[wooslider slide_page=”youth-camp” slider_type=”slides” thumbnails=”default” order=”DESC” order_by=”date”] The Kalamazoo Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited is hosting the Michigan Youth Trout Camp Sunday June 25-June 29th, 2017 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center on Higgins Lake, located at 104 Conservation Drive, Roscommon, MI 48653 in the heart of Northern Michigan trout country. The four-day Camp is designed to educate our 12-16 year old boys and girls, who will become our next generation of conservation leaders, about the importance of protecting our coldwater resources. Campers will learn that how we choose to use our land can affect the health of our streams, our trout, and ourselves. We will discuss stream restoration. Campers will collect and learn to identify macro-invertebrates important to trout and learn what they can tell us about water quality and stream habitat. Students will discover what trout need to survive, where they hide, and, with help from some of Michigan`s leading conservationists and anglers, how to catch them. No previous fly fishing experience is necessary! In the evenings, the students will get to test their new skills on all three branches of the famous Au Sable River, casting to beautiful brookies, spunky rainbows, and big brown trout. All of this will be under the guidance of local experts and Trout Unlimited volunteers. This camp is educational, but is also designed to be fun! The Camp is made possible through the efforts of TU National and the many TU Chapters with their volunteers and members. Also included are the MI DNR Fisheries Division, the staff at the RAM Center, Americorp and DEQ volunteers, and many MI and Midwest Angling Guides and other conservationists who have so graciously given of their time and talents to this Camp.
Youth Camper Application Requirements:
The Michigan Youth Trout Camp is open to a maximum of 20 boys and girls ages 12 to 16 years old. Each applicant MUST complete the following requirements no later than May 31, 2017:
1. Complete the application found here: 2017 Michigan Youth Trout Camp – Camper Application This form is the new all-inclusive form which contains 9 pages. Please complete the forms and return them promptly as the reservations fill up quickly.
2. Provide a photocopy of both sides of their medical insurance card.
3. Submit a one-page essay on why you would like to attend the camp.
4. Enclose a letter of recommendation from a teacher, member of a conservation group, or church official.
The cost of the camp is $350 per camper. This fee does not have to accompany the application but will be required upon acceptance in mid-June. Possible Financial Support: A number of local Trout Unlimited chapters in Michigan offer financial support for deserving youth who want to attend. Please note that while chapter applications requirements for financial support, may be similar to the camp application requirements, you still must apply directly to the camp no later than May 31, 2017.
Complete Camper Application Requirements (Completed Camper Application-2017, i.e. Camper’s Essay, Copy of Medical Insurance Card, Letter of Recommendation forms, the Likeness Release, Photo-Video Policy, and Technology Agreement) should be mailed to:
1329 Poppy Lane
Dewitt, MI 48820
Adult Counselor Application Information:
Adult Counselor Application Requirements: We are always in need of adults (both men and women) to assist with running the camp. There are two requirements for adults who attend. Everyone must submit an adult application and the background check form. The following links provide the required information: 2017 Michigan TU Youth Camp – Adult Application and Sexual_Abuse_Policy .
Click on the links below to save or print additional information about the Youth Trout Camp.
• 2017 MI TU Youth Trout Camp Rules: 2017 MI TU Youth Trout Camp Rules
• Items To Bring: Items To Bring To Camp
• Camp Schedule (typical): 2017 Camp Schedule
Click HERE for photos of the 2013 Youth Camp (this is a large file and may take a minute to download).
For Camp Information Contact:
Alan Brooks – Youth Committee Chairman
7568 N. 41st. St. Augusta, MI 49012 Home: (269) 370-3269