Last year the pandemic hung out to dry the South Nation Conservation Authority’s (SNC) annual Youth Fishing Camps program. But this year, thanks to the push on vaccination programs and careful monitoring of public health safety measures, the provincial government is starting to relax its restrictions on public gatherings for business and recreation.
That means the SNC can also restart its annual summer fishing camps program for youth in the South Nation River watershed region. This year marks the 12th year for the Youth Fish Camp program, which takes places at three of the outdoor Conservation Areas within the SNC’s jurisdiction.
“These camps deliver an invaluable outdoor learning experience for youth,” stated Kelsey Smith, SNC stewardship and outreach assistant. “They help to familiarize young people with the natural environment through responsible and sustainable fishing.”
The camps are held at the Cass Bridge Conservation Area in Winchester, High Falls in Casselman, and the Jessup’s Falls site in Plantagenet. Participant numbers are limited to 15 at each camp.
Children and youths registered at either of the camps enjoy two days of learning about catch-and-release fishing and environmental stewardship. They also get a complimentary fishing rod and tackle to take home with them after they are finished with camp.
“There is a lot of value in continuing with these camps, like promoting eco-health,” stated Smith. “Kids are given the chance to fish all day, learn a new outdoor hobby, make new friends, and connect and learn about their local environment.”
As of Monday, June 28, registration was still open for the fishing camps. Participants can go to: