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June 16 -21, 2013

Because of the unfortunate turn of events with the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show, the Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp has lost the potential to reach and recruit a large number of students. We, the camp staff, now have to make a greater effort to reach those students. We are soliciting your help in getting the information out. I would like to challenge you to get one potential student to look at the camp website ( or pickup an application brochure.

Some points about the camp:

• No student will be turned away because of financial need.
• The cost is $350 for the entire week and is all inclusive
• It is a residence camp. The students stay at the Allenberry Resort with 2 students per room.
• The 5 a.m. fishing is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged – the students will have the rest of the summer to sleep in.
• If a student uses the excuse they have to work they should realize they have the rest of their life to work and the camp may help them decide what they want to do and it is not necessarily work in the fields chosen by the instructors or staff.
• If student says they have to play sports remind them they have the rest of the summer to play sports. Do they really have the potential to get a sports scholarship?
• Fly fishing and fly tying equipment is available for loan to the students.
• There are no tests and this is not a pass/fail situation like a class in school. The students will get out of the camp what they put into it.
• The students will complete an in-stream habitat project. It will be a lasting reminder of what they accomplished.
• The camp is co-ed.
• Background checks are run on staff.

Applications are being accepted until March 31, 2013 for the 19th annual Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp being held June 16 –21, 2013 at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Cumberland County,

The highly structured curriculum is based on college level classes. The students are instructed in ecology, aquatic biology, geology, hydrogeology, erosion and sedimentation control, ichthyology, riparian corridor protection, watershed management, entomology and much more. Students also participate in a hands-on stream habitat improvement project.

But it’s not all work. Fly fishing and fly tying are included. Nationally known instructors teach the students fly casting, fly tying, stream etiquette, how to “read” the water, and of course there is fishing. The camp begins on Sunday and ends the following Friday

The camp will be limited to 32 selected qualified students, ages 14 to 17. The applicants must have been born between June 21, 1995 and June 16, 1999. The thirty-two students will be selected through an application process where they must state why they want to attend camp and they must provide a reference from a science teacher or guidance counselor. The competition for admission is fierce. The camp began accepting applications for the 2013 camp on November 1, 2012 and all applications must be postmarked not later than March 31, 2013.

The camp costs each student $350 for the entire week. All meals and accommodations are included for the residence camp. A student need not be an accomplished fly fisher or a budding aquatic biologist to attend. All the student needs to be is highly motivated and willing to learn.

The Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp was founded in 1995 through the efforts of the late Dr. John R. “Jack” Beck and the late Enoch S. “Inky” Moore, Jr., Pennsylvania Fish Commissioner. Their goal was to select thirty-two teenagers each year who are the leaders in their class. The thought is that today’s leaders in high school become the leader of tomorrow’s communities. In a few short years they will be the bankers, lawyers, realtors, municipal officials and the leaders in their communities. If the camp can implant a kernel of knowledge in today’s students about the importance of clean water, when those students become the decision makers in their communities it may have a positive impact on how water resources are used.

The highly successful camp has been emulated in Michigan, North Carolina, Maine, Montana, Washington, Arkansas, New Hampshire, Colorado, New Jersey, New York, Idaho, Illinois, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia/D.C./Maryland/West Virginia with other states looking to start their own programs.

For more information or an application brochure contact the camp at:

Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp
PO Box 71
Boiling Springs, PA 17007

or visit the camp’s website at Join the camp group Rivers Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp on Facebook.

Michael Klimkos, Director of Curriculum
PA Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp
717-243-3056 - Home
717-226-7572 - Cell
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