Teen Summit - A TU National Leadership Conference

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TU Teen Summiteers during project planning on Georgetown Lake, Montana. Trout Unlimited photo.

Since 2012, the Headwaters Youth Program (with help from supporters and grassroots volunteers) has hosted an annual leadership conference for teens called the TU Teen Summit. The Summit recruits young leaders aged 13 to 18 that have proven commitment to TU's mission and have demonstrated leadership at a high level. The team they form is the Youth Leadership Council or YLC. The YLC stay involved with each other, their local community, and with TU staff throughout the year working on projects and outreach with the goal to raise TU's profile among their peers. The Summit is the capstone of our K-12 programs and is the final link in the Stream of Engagement to the TU Costa 5 Rivers Program.

If you're a teen, join us for the Teen Summit to meet other TU Teens from across the country, talk about how TU can better engage teen members, learn how to become a TU leader in your community, work on a service project and fish! Spend five days with a group of new friends that love fishing, the outdoors and TU as much as you do.


2018 Summit Location:

Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, Virginia

near Shenandoah National Park


2018 Summit Dates:

Sunday June 17 to Thursday June 21, 2018


View the 2015 Trout Unlimited Teen Summit Video »

Dedicated anglers and conservationists (young men or women) who have shown involvement with TU and have just completed 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade.

All summiteers must be TU members before attending the TU Teen Summit; teens can sign up for a TU Teen membership for $14. Not all teens who apply are accepted to the Summit.

2018 Cost:

$300. The fee includes food, lodging, activities, and transportation once you arrive. A shuttle to to and from the airport is provided for those traveling by plane. Selected applicants will be asked to pay this fee by May. 


How to apply:

Download the 2018 Application

Important: if you have been to any previous Summit, please contact Tara or Franklin for the Returning Sumiteer Application

Deadline to submit application is March 12, 2018 by midnight. Not all who apply are accepted. Applicants will be notified if they make it to the interview round by March 19, 2018. Select applicants will participate in a 15-minute phone interview. Participants will be notified of their final standing by April 6, 2018.



Agenda includes:

  • conservation and eco-tours of the area
  • leadership skills workshops to bring TU activities into your community
  • conservation and science sessions
  • guest speakers
  • service project with a local organization
  • lots of time for hanging out, tying flies, and fishing!



Teen Summit 2018 FAQs

Teen Summit 2018 Info Sheet

Ever wondered what teens get out of the TU Teen Summit?  A lot!  You can read some teens' thoughts about what they've learned.  
TU Teen Summit Why Teens Attend vFINAL


Relections from the Teen Summit Blogs:

Reflection from Andrew C

Reflection from Andrew D


For more information, or with any questions, contact Franklin Tate, Director of TU's Headwaters Youth Program, or Tara Granke, Program Coordinator.



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