John Thurman Trout Adventure Camp Set for June 19-24

Fishing (Photo Submitted)

Applications are open for the John Thurman Trout Adventure Camp for middle-school-age girls and boys, scheduled June 19-24 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The camp, sponsored by the Tennessee Council of Trout Unlimited (TU) and supported by proceeds from TU’s Tennessee Conservation License Plate, is based at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont.

The camp is aimed at youth 12–15 years old who are interested in learning the sport of fly fishing in a mountain stream environment. Campers can be boys or girls (TU does require at least two campers of one gender) and are encouraged to be Tennessee residents.

Trout Adventure Camp promotes an appreciation of cold-water conservation through activities in stream science and fly fishing. Campers receive instruction from experts in fly casting, fly tying, and how to fish mountain streams, as well as being guided on fishing trips by experienced mentors.

Science activities include catching and identifying aquatic invertebrates and flying bugs that trout eat, learning how they are duplicated with artificial fishing flies, trapping, and identifying fish that live in streams, and observing fish in their natural habitat by snorkeling in a stream. Although activities are planned for every day, there is also time for recreation including swimming, hiking, and fishing.

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is located along the Middle Prong of Little River in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The facility includes dining hall, classrooms and sleeping facilities; the institute’s professional staff lead some camp activities.

Snorkeling (Photo submitted)

For more information including photos from previous camps, a schedule of camp activities, and an online application, please go to the camp website, You can also contact Sean Fagan or Mike Givney at

Camp tuition in 2023 will be $550. Financial aid can be obtained through Tennessee TU chapters—for a list of chapters, visit the Tennessee Council website at

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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