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Rivercourse 2013

"The Future of Coldwater Conservation Lies In Our Youth"

The North Carolina State Council of Trout Unlimited is proud to sponsor the eighth annual N.C.T.U. Rivercourse: Coldwater Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp. Our program is designed to teach the ethics of coldwater conservation to our youth. The 2013 camp is scheduled for the week of June 16 - 21, 2013 at Lake Logan Center near Canton. The area features the pristine habitat and rich history of the West Fork of the Pigeon River and the mountainous region of Haywood County, North Carolina.

You can go directly to the Rivercourse website at http://www.rivercourse.org or submit an application for Rivercourse 2013 or read the Adobe pdf version (373 KB's) and mail it via the U.S. Postal Service.

Sifting for invertebrates

Through the use of both traditional and natural classrooms, the campers will receive instruction by volunteer experts in specialties such as geology, entomology, herpetology, stream restoration techniques, wetlands ecology, and environmental policy. In addition, fly-fishing and fly tying instruction will reinforce traditional values of patience, technique, attention to detail and a general love of the outdoors.

Our program features an all day field trip to the nearby Davidson River. Classes on riparian buffers, fish dissection, and trout raising are taught by US Forest Service and North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission personnel. Campers will participate in the planting of native species that will become a part of the riparian buffer along the river.

Swimming is an optional activity being offered. At least one certified lifeguard will be on duty during swimming.

Campers are lodged in cottages with double occupancy rooms and private bathrooms. Adult chaperones are lodged with the campers. All meals are included and served at a modern dining hall.

In the stream

TU chapters and members throughout the state contribute flies, tools, materials, and financial support to help make the camp a success. The camp staff is comprised of TU volunteers, including a camp doctor, that are commited to ensuring that the campers have an enjoyable, safe, and rewarding experience.

By impressing upon our youth of today the importance of these natural habitats to the well being of all living creatures, they will be better prepared to make a positive contribution to the future.

Sixteen boys and girls ranging from 13-15 years of age will be selected to attend camp. The cost of camp is $595.00 for the all-inclusive week. Tuition is not due until candidates have been notified of selection.

For more information about N.C.T.U. Rivercourse Youth Camp, please send an email to: nctu.rivercourse@gmail.com.


You can go directly to the Rivercourse website at http://www.rivercourse.org

Download the 2013 Rivercourse Registration Brochure in pdf format.

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Print the brochure, fill in the required information on the Application Form, and send it to the indicated address.


Camp Personnel (Director, Couselors, etc.)

Name Position Chapter
Betsy Craig Program Director Land O' Sky
Linda Byington Administrative Director Pisgah
Beth Heald Counselor Land O' Sky
Sam & Carol Ogburn Counselors Blue Ridge
Joyce Shepherd Counselor Rocky River
Steve Herring Camp Doctor Pisgah
Bob Daubert Field Trip Coordinator Pisgah
Nancy Rowan Binders Land of Sky
Gif Hampton Treasurer Tuckaseegee
Jeff Curtis Camp Director Land O' Sky
John Stock Head Ghillie Land O' Sky
Mike Dennis Counselor/Chaparone Pisgah
Cemo McConnell Counselor/Camp Nurse Land of Sky
Dick Heald Counselor Land of Sky
Michael Bell Counsellor Pisgah