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March 13, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Academy camp offered this summer

It’s not too early to start thinking about summer activities for your kids, and a good one is the Northwest Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Academy on June 19-25 at the Gwinwood Conference Center on Hicks Lake in Lacey.

The academy is a joint venture between Trout Unlimited (TU) and The Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF), hosted by the South Sound Fly Fishers and the Olympia TU Chapter.

“Having had the opportunity to volunteer last year I can say this is truly a worthwhile and memorable event,” said Tom Van Gelder with the Washington Council of Trout Unlimited. “I would highly recommend any member with a child between 12 and 16 look into it.”

It is designed to educate youth about the importance of conservation and resource stewardship and is modeled after the nationally acclaimed award winning Pennsylvania Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp held annually in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.

The academy will feature: Curriculum focuses on conservation, natural resource stewardship, and fly-fishing essentials; fly-fishing classes include fly casting, fly tying, knot tying, reading water, and water safety; morning and evening fly-fishing activities on local ponds and streams; on-the-water aquatic macro invertebrate sampling activity.

All volunteer faculty and staff include wildlife resource professionals, northwest fly-fishing and fly tying professionals and enthusiasts, as well as local volunteers from both TU and FFF chapters.

Cost is $275 includes food and lodging. Application deadline is April 15, and some grants are available.

The academy is open to 24 youtsh who show an interest in the outdoors and fly fishing will be selected to attend. The academy is co-educational with acceptance based upon a candidate’s written essay indicating his/her desire to attend and what she/he hopes to learn from it.

Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2011. Total cost, including meals and lodging, is $275. Fly fishing rods, reels, and fly tying equipment will be available.

For details visit the Northwest Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Academy website.

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