Annual Youth Camp at Dry Run Creek 2017

The mission of the Arkansas White River Chapter’s youth program is to help develop the next generation of cold water conservationists. This 2 day event is held at the Norfork Fish Hatchery at Norfork Dam. Photos from this event can be viewed through our facebook album.

 

I'm happy to announce we had another a successful Trout Unlimited Chapter # 698 's "Generation Camp."  I feel very lucky to have been involved. Everyone had such a good time. On Saturday, Tom Emerick headed up a group of fly tying instructors who volunteered to worked with the kids and their guardians. Sooo many amazing tyers. Our campers learned a lot. While some campers tied flies, others were with fishing instructors on Dry Run Creek. These folks are amazing too and have an abundance of patience. We had a few repeat campers and some knowledgeable kids; others were enjoying their first fly fishing experience. Nobody was skunked on Dry Run, though I did hear there were a few misses.


On Saturday, we had smoke pizza cooked by Gary Luna. Also Dr. Eddie Dry, who is an professor at ASU conducted our Quiz bowl. Everyone learned a lot and had a blast doing it. A program we had Saturday morning was one I called the water bug program (because I have a hard time pronouncing entomology). It was run by Steve Blumreich and Michael L. Jirka. Steve and the kids collected samples and Michael and the kids spent time examining them through the microscope.  Just before lunch, Wendy Luna had a short but very fun program call predator/prey tag all the kids enjoyed including one old kid (Me). I do wonder how many parents/grandparents had sore legs the next day. Bill Thorne headed up casting lessons before the kids hit the water.

Our day ended around 3:30 with more activities scheduled for Sunday.


Stewart Taylor, park interpreter from Bull Shoals - White River State did a program about water safety and fishing rules . . . . sounds boring, you think? Well, you would be wrong. Stewart generated lots of laugh, kept the kids attention and imparted important knowledge to all of us. Then we had Tiffany Johnson come and do a Gyotaku T Shirt program. Okay, it's shirts painted by using fish as a "stamp". It's really cool and Tiffany and her sisiter-in-law did a great job! Our campers spent another hour on Dry Run Creek as well. Sunday lunch was fried chicken and side dishes. We had a large special order from Harps and it was delicious. We actually had some left over and donated it to the Serenity House. They truly appreciated it !


First year campers each left with brand new Orvis fly rod fully set up and ready to use.  We had two 2nd year attendees; they received Fish Pond tackle packs and our one third year camper, Casey, received a rubber net for scooping those big ones!


Our chapter organizes a camp every summer. If you have a child in the 10 - 15 age group, send us an email now and we'll be sure to give you first notice for 2018 registration.

Thank you to all the folks that assisted us (in no particular order): Duane and Rhonda Bell, Mr. Silvocki, Joe, Ron, Bruce Petray, Susan Parsons, Jim Dugan and grandaughter Kaleigh, Sara and Bill Thorne, Wendy and Gary Luna, Tiffany Johnson, Stewart Taylor, Bill Barksdale, Eddie Dry, Vern Berry, Paul Craig, Jay Greenwood, Captain John, Steve Blumreich, Mike Jirka, Tom Emerick, Duane Hada, Michael Schroeder, Jon Casey, Tim Burnley

 
Daryl Greenwood
darylg007@hotmail.com

 

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