Apply for youth fishing camp

| 28 Sep 2011 | 03:06

    BOILING SPRINGS - Applications are now being accepted for the twelfth annual Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp being held June 18 -23, at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Cumberland County, According to Camp Chairman Rod Cross, the purpose of the camp is to educate students in the importance of coldwater conservation. “We expect to receive numerous applications once again this year,” Cross said. “It is important for students to understand that it is an honor to be chosen for this elite camp.” Cross said the selection of 32 students is a rigorous process, which requires students to include an essay on why he or she wishes to attend. The college-level classes include: principles of ecology, hydrogeology, aquatic vertebrate and invertebrate sampling, hydrology, trout behavior, trout stream entomology, the biology of pollution, acid deposition, and the politics of conservation and the effects of humans on the Chesapeake Bay. In addition, the camp provides hands-on classes such as fly tying, fly casting, streamside ethics, angling literature, the evolution of an angler, wader safety and survival, and streamside botany. The students will also participate in a watershed project to repair habitat in a stream. The camp faculty includes people from various environmental fields. One in particular is Dr. Robert Behnke of Colorado State University who is considered the foremost trout biologist in the world, Cross said. The camp is limited to 32 selected, qualified students, aged 14 to 17. For more information or to receive an application, contact Mike Klimkos at 717-243-3056, or via email at ; Rod Cross at 717-263-0365; or visit the camp website at