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RMF Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Day Camp comes to a close

2011-07-21 at the Bellvue fish hatchery
At the Bellvue fish hatchery
The 2nd Annual Youth Day Camp, now completed, was again very successful. It was two extended weekends...six days of intense instruction, participation, and great fun...and once again all the campers caught multiple fish!

In the first three-days campers visited hatcheries, learned knots, casting, fly fishing basics, trout anatomy and behavior, fished on ponds and rivers...and were addressed by professionals from TU, CDOW, NRCS, Greeley Conservation District, The Nature Conservancy, USFS who presented about human effects on the Rockies, conservation, riparian habitat, invasive species, watersheds, and nature-related career fields.

Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Day Camp fish sampling on the Big T
Assessing the fish population on a section of the Big Thompson
In the second three-days section we covered exploring underwater habitat by snorkeling down the river, fish sampling by electro-shocking, matching the hatch, and flytying, more information about rivers formation and ecology from CSU resources, fishing Sylvan Dale's private ponds and the Poudre River, and completing a willows & cottonwoods planting project.

We'll have more details about this year’s camp activities after we have some time to assemble photographs and stories.

It was a pleasure to interact with all the exceptional campers, and the Day Camp was all made to happen by our enthusiastic chapter volunteers. We extend a big "Thank You" all around to our 23 RMF volunteers (and a visiting TU member from Oklahoma) who contributed generously to this educational and fun program.

Sean AndersonScott BaileyFred CondosDennis Cook
Pat DalyDave DargatzJustin DeeseKen Eis
Cullen EmsingLee EvansAmy GalyardtDennis Galyardt
Dick JefferiesAlan JonesJamie KarlakRob Kendig
Melinda MacPhersonDennis MartinConnor MurphyDave Piske
Jake RuthvenGuy TurennePaul WehrStan Woodring

It’ not too early to start thinking about reserving the last two weekends (Thursday through Saturday) in July, 2012 for next year’s camp.

2010 Youth Camp pictures, video, and articles.

Interested volunteers should see our Day Camp Volunteer page.

Contact Dennis Cook by email or 970-372-9229 for more Day Camp information or to discuss volunteer opportunities.

Help by making a financial donation to the Youth Outreach programs.

Other Youth Outreach programs: Trout In the Classroom, Boys & Girls Club, Scouting, and Colorado TU Youth Camp.

Last updated on 23 Aug, 2011