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|Michigan Youth Trout Camp
July 7-July 11, 2013
Hosted by Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited
The Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited is hosting the Michigan Youth Trout Camp July 7-July 11, 2013 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center on Higgins Lake, 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 have discussions on 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 from around the state. 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, Huron Pines Conservation District, and many MI and Midwest Angling Guides and other conservationists who have so graciously given of their time and talents to this Camp.
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, 2013:
1.Complete the five-page application found at this link: Camper Application 2013
2.Provide a photocopy of both sides of their medical insurance card.
3.Submit a one-page essay on why the student would like to attend the camp. (This essay may be hand written but must have sufficient margins to allow photocopies.)
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. These chapters included Kalamazoo Valley, Headwaters, Martuch, Mershon, Perrin-Lansing, Vanguard and Warra for recent Michigan Youth Camps.
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 as well.
Additional Camp Information:
The following documents provide some additional information about the camp. Click on the links below to save or print the required forms.
Note: You may need the free Adobe Reader to view these files.
Items To Bring
Camp Schedule (typical)
MAP and DIRECTIONS to Camp
Click HERE for photos of the 2010 Youth Camp (this is a large file and may take a minute to download).
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 those who will be counselors must agree to a background check. The following links provide the required information:
Background Check (MS Word format)
Background Check (PDF format)
Camp Information Contact:
906 S Kalamazoo Ave.
Marshall, MI 49068
Day: (269) 963-0709
Night: (269) 781-5700
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