Trout camp scholarships available to local teens

HOUGHTON — The Copper Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited is offering two scholarships for western U.P. teens to attend Youth Trout Camp in the Lower Peninsula.

Open to ages 12-16, the camp will take place on June 24-28 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center on Higgins Lake.

The scholarships are for $550, with $350 going to registration and $200 for travel expenses.

Scholarship applications are due by May 3.

“The kids get introduced to a variety of interesting topics, including protecting cold-water resources, fish biology, stream habitat and then they take the kids out fishing on the Au Sable River,” said George Madison, Department of Natural Resources fisheries manager for western Lake Superior, at a meeting with residents last week.

This is a great opportunity for local kids who are passionate about fishing and want to learn more with instruction from experienced mentors, he said.

No previous fishing experience is necessary to join the program, said Copper Country Trout Unlimited President Bill Leder. The camp might even be a good match for a teen with interests in ecology and the environment, he said, perhaps developing a passion for the fishing itself or forming friendships with other Michigan teens.

“I think the program gets youths thinking about fishing as a quiet sport that involves more than just catching and perhaps eating fish,” Leder said. “There are ecological, environment, ethical, and practical fly-tying aspects in the curriculum. Actual fishing with experienced anglers is, of course, included.”

To apply, teens are required to submit a one-page essay on why they would like to attend the camp. Applications should be submitted to Trout Unlimited at PO Box 232, Hancock, MI 49930 by May 3, and include their name, age and contact information.

Notifications are expected by May 9. More information about the program itself is available at kvctu.org.

The deadline to apply to the Kalamazoo Chapter is May 30.

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