The mission of the Great Smoky Mountains Trout Adventure Camp is to instill in youth 12-15 years old the importance of conserving, protecting and restoring our aquatic resources. The tool we use to accomplish this is teaching campers the fundamentals of fly fishing. We believe that sharing our passion for the sport will develop an understanding not only of how to enjoy fishing for trout in the Great Smoky Mountains, but also of the responsibility we all share for the integrity of our coldwater ecosystems.
The eighth annual Great Smoky Mountains Trout Adventure Camp will be June 18 - 23, 2018. The camp is based at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont and is for girls and boys 12-15 years old at the time of camp. The 14 campers study aquatic invertebrates and stream hydrology, learn fly casting and fly tying, fly fish several mountain streams, snorkel in Little River and participate in a survey of native fish with Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fisheries personnel. The camp is sponsored by the Tennessee Council of Trout Unlimited and supported by volunteers and funding from Tennessee's eight TU chapters.
For more information on the camp—including many pictures from previous camps and a schedule of 2018 camp activities--click here to visit the camp website, or contact Steve Young, camp managing director, at email@example.com or (832) 256-3228.
TU Members: We Need Your Help With Camp!
The Tennessee Councilof Trout Unlimited (TU) provides three kinds of support to Trout Camp:
* Funding. The council supplies money from the Tennessee Conservation License Plate grant program to pay about half the costs of the camp. Without that support, campers' costs would be prohibitive, limiting the participation of many youngsters.
* Volunteers at camp. More than 50 volunteer positions comprise the TU part of the camp staff—other staff comes from Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, from the fisheries staff of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and from Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. We need you! The most important positions to be filled right now are those of the three camp counselors—the TU members who spend nights with our campers in the large tents that are the youngsters' home away from home. One counselor will need to be a woman, two will be men.
* After-camp mentors. Many campers go home filled with enthusiasm about fishing, only to find there is no one at home who fly fishes. We will be telling them about their local TU chapters and how to contact them to find an adult fly fisher to take them out, whether it's mountain trout fishing or going after bass and bluegill in a local pond.
Campers need you to step up and be a mentor after camp is over. Please contact your local chapter president to indicate your interest in mentoring our young fly fishers after camp is over.