2018 Michigan Youth Trout Camp

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The Kalamazoo Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited is hosting the Michigan Youth Trout Camp  Sunday June 24-June 28th, 2018 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 14-16 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 14 to 16 years old. Each applicant MUST complete the following requirements no later than May 1, 2018:
1. Complete the application found here: 2018 Michigan Youth Trout Camp Application.   This form is the new one page camper application. Please complete the form and return it promptly as the reservations fill up quickly.
2. Submit a one-page essay on why you would like to attend the camp.
3. 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. 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 1, 2018.

Complete Camper Application Requirements (Completed Camper Application-2018, i.e. Camper’s Essay, Letter of Recommendation should be mailed to:

R.L. Augustine
1329 Poppy Lane
Dewitt, MI 48820


Adult Counselor Application Requirements:

There are two requirements for adults who attend. Everyone must submit an adult application (Two pages) and, if the adult will be spending nights at Camp, be attending Camp multiple days, and is likely to be alone with a Camper for any length of time, must initiate a Background Check as noted on the application.  The following links provide the required applications and information: 2018 Michigan TU Youth Camp – Adult Application and TU’s Guidelines for Background Checks for Overnight Camps.  Please read TU_Guidelines_for_Working_with_Youth.  Remember, please follow the instructions in the Adult Application to initiate a background check.

Click on the links below to save or print additional information about the Youth Trout Camp.

2018 MI TU Youth Trout Camp Rules:  2018 MI TU Youth Trout Camp Rules
Items To Bring:   Items To Bring To Camp
Camp Schedule (typical):  2018 camp schedule

MAP and DIRECTIONS to Camp: MacMullan Conservation Center

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

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