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Youth Education Programs

Fly Fishing Merit Badge Classes

These classes are one-day programs, run one Saturday per month from April through September conducted at the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation property in Dundee, Illinois.  The class lasts from 8:30 - 4:30.  The class covers tackle basics, knots, overhead and roll casting, fly tying, safety, fishing etiquette, and local regulations.  The classes take place outdoors and at a pond stocked with panfish.  Ample time is provided for fishing.  Students who successfully complete the class sections will accomplish all of the requirements for the BSA Fly Fishing merit badge. 

The programs are co-ed and available for any wishing to learn how to fly fish.

2012 class dates are May 12, June 16, July 21, August 18, and September 8

Contact Marvin Strauch at youthed@ (obtu.org) for more information.

 Trout in the Classroom

Now completing our 5th year, Oak Brook TU is supporting the TIC programs at St. Patricia School in Hickory Hills, Roosevelt School in River Forest, Ames School in Riverside, Riverside-Brookfield High School in Riverside and Tinley Park High School in Tinley Park, Illinois for the 2011-2012 school year.  This program teaches trout biology, water quality, and ecosystem connectivity while students raise trout from eggs to fingerlings and release them into a regional trout stream in the spring. 

The chapter plans to establish a program in one additional school each year.  For information on how your school can become part of this program, contact Marvin Strauch at youthed@  (obtu.org) for more information on the Oak Brook TU program. 

See www.tu.org for more information and lesson plans supporting Trout in the Classroom. 

Illinois Council Trout Unlimited 2010 Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing School


After three successful Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Camps, the Illinois Council of Trout Unlimited will return to the AuSable River July 29 - August 3, 2012.  The School will run for 5 days at the Ralph E Macmillan Conference Center in Roscommon. Michigan and on the Au Sable River.  Along with Fly Fishing basics, the students will also engage in a stream restoration project on the Au Sable River.  The school is limited to 12 students from 13 - 18 years old.  Interested students must complete an application and submit a letter of reference from their science teacher or counselor.   For more information contact Greg Prosen at prez@ (obtu.org)

Youth School Info Sheet

Youth School Application Form