Join Us For John Thurman Trout Adventure Camp
June 19 - 24, 2023
Sponsored by the Tennessee Council, Trout Unlimited
The mission of the John Thurman Smoky Trout Adventure Camp is to instill in youth the importance of conserving, protecting, and restoring aquatic resources through fly fishing.
John R. Thurman III of Norris, TN, who along with Jack Betchick of Memphis planned and created what was first called Great Smoky Mountains Trout Adventure Camp, passed away in October 2020 after a battle with cancer.
Trout Camp represents John’s commitment to the education and encouragement of young people in the joys of conservation and activities in the out of doors. As a lifelong fisherman, hunter and entomologist, John lived the activities he wished to pass on to future generations. His guidance and encouragement are missed by all those involved in Trout Camp.
In his honor we have renamed Trout Camp the John Thurman Trout Adventure Camp. Those involved in Trout Camp look forward to continuing John's legacy of youth education through this program.