Teen Summit - A TU National Leadership Conference

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

The TU Teen Summit is an annual leadership conference for TU Teens that want to make a difference! The Summit recruits young leaders from rising freshman to rising seniors in high school  that have proven commitment to TU's mission and have demonstrated leadership at a high level. 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.

Once they attend the Summit, this impressive group forms TU's 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.

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.


2019 Summit Location:

Campfire Camp in Georgetown Lake, Montana


2019 Summit Dates:

Saturday June 29 to Wednesday July 3, 2019


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.

2019 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 2019 Application (available by Feb. 1)

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

Deadline to submit application is Friday, March 1, 2019 by midnight. Not all who apply are accepted. Applicants will be notified if they make it to the interview round by March 13, 2019. Select applicants will participate in a 15-minute phone interview and selections will be made following the interview. Final decisions will be made by April 5, 2019.



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 2019 FAQs

Teen Summit 2019 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


Reflections 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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