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River Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp

2018 River Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp

Thank you for your interest in joining us at this year’s Colorado TU Youth Camp!

The camp is designed to educate 14 to 18 year old students on the importance of coldwater conservation and provide hands-on fly fishing instruction. Approximately 20 students are selected each year, based on their qualifications and a written essay on why they would like to attend the camp.

Dates: June 10, 2018 – June 16, 2018

Location: Silent Springs Resort, Gunnison, Colorado (Website)

Cost: $450 per participant

Includes: Lodging (students will camp out on the property), food, equipment, fly fishing instruction, guided fishing, classes, t-shirts, and more!

How to Apply: Complete the 2018 CTU Youth Camp Application Form (below) and send it to Dan Omasta ( no later than April 15, 2018.  If you are interested in receiving a camp scholarship, you must reach out to your local chapter prior to the April deadline.

2018 CTU Youth Camp Application Form – Deadline to apply is April 15, 2018.

2018 CTU Youth Conservation Camp Flyer

Montie youth camp 2016Here’s what our participants have said about the camp:

One 2016 camper, Montie Pons-Benedict said in a hand written letter “My favorite part was either learning how to tell how healthy a stream was or camping out. I also liked getting to know the other campers. I could tell if a stream is healthy by how many aquatic bugs there are in the stream. I found a lot of stone flies up there which means that you have a healthy stream. I loved your camp and hope to go again next year.”

“Our hope is that kids who attend our camp today will become the conservation leaders of tomorrow,” said Shawn Bratt, a veteran youth camp counselor and winner of national Trout Unlimited’s Outstanding Youth Education Volunteer. “It’s important for these students to understand the value of healthy streams and clean water and how they relate to our everyday lives. The camp curriculum has been structured to provide the necessary foundation for that education.”

Camp classes include:

Principles of ecology, hydro-geology, aquatic vertebrate and invertebrate sampling, hydrology, trout behavior, trout stream entomology, the biology of pollution, acid deposition, and politics of conservation and human effects on the Rocky Mountains.

In addition, the camp will include hands-on classes such as fly tying, fly casting, streamside ethics, angling literature, streamside botany, wader safety and survival, and the evolution of an angler. Students will also participate in a watershed project to repair habitat in a nearby stream.

The River Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp includes faculty from various environmental fields and state agencies such as the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Department of Environmental Protection and National Forest Service.


For Parents

  • Parents will receive an information packet which contains several forms that require a parental signature, after the student has been selected for the camp.
  • All camp personnel undergo a background check through the national Trout Unlimited organization.
  • Campers “camp out” in tents under close supervision, and are expected to bring proper equipment. Please let us know if you will need help finding the right equipment!
  • Group leaders supervise the camp and both male and females are represented.
  • Food is catered by the resort and all is cooked on the site.

For more information, please contact:

Dan Omasta,