The Great Smoky Mountains 2014 Trout Adventure Camp

The Tennessee Council of Trout Unlimited is pleased to announce its fourth youth summer camp for middle school-age girls and boys, the Great Smoky Mountains Trout Adventure Camp. This weeklong event will be June 16 – 21, 2014, at the internationally renowned Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont (GSMIT) in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Trout Adventure is designed to give youngsters an awareness, understanding and appreciation of the importance of our nation’s aquatic resources with an emphasis on conservation, protection and restoration of coldwater ecosystems. The kids will learn about stream ecology, brook trout restoration, stream physics and chemistry and aquatic entomology. They will experience fly tying, fly fishing and snorkeling in the Little River and its Middle Prong; and they will get to do some hiking and swimming.

Trout Unlimited is extremely pleased to partner with GSMIT, a private, nonprofit, residential environmental learning center that has operated since 1969 in the national park. The Institute’s mission is to provide natural and cultural resources, educational programs, workshops and camps for groups of all ages.

GSMIT is in Walker Valley on the banks of the Middle Prong of Little River, a coldwater stream containing brook, brown and rainbow trout. Facilities include dormitories, dining hall, classrooms, outdoor meeting shelters, bookstore/gift shop and full-time professional staff.

Trout Adventure 2014 will begin on Monday afternoon, June 16, and end at noon on Saturday, June 21. Girls and boys 12 to 15 years of age as of June 16 are eligible to apply. Trout Unlimited will accept a total of 12 participants (a minimum of two girls). Tuition is $495; insurance coverage is supplied by GSMIT. Financial assistance based on need may be available. Adult chaperones are with the kids at all times. Enrollment is open to non-residents of Tennessee.

Middle school-age youngsters interested in attending camp must complete an application form available on the Application tab. Application deadline is March 15, 2014; selections will be made by March 20. Applications should be mailed or e-mailed to: John Thurman, P.O. Box 546, Norris,TN 37828; jthur727@bellsouth.net. Applicants should be in good physical condition; while Trout Adventure is not akin to military bootcamp, activities may be more physically demanding than some kids are accustomed to.

When families are notified that their children have been selected, they will be provided with reservation forms. All applicants will be notified of their selection status no later than March 25, 2014.