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Camp Cavell Conservancy Fishing Campers Boosted by FAF Donations

Thanks to the Future Angler Foundation, the Camp Cavell Summer Campers (stay over) Fishing Camp Program (children aged 10-17) and Day Camp Fishing Program (children aged 8-12 years) took home the donated KVD Zebco® fishing rod & reel combos. They are now able to continue fishing after completing their Cavell Reel Fishing Camp adventures.

“In our fishing program, campers learn to rig rods, practice casting with open and closed reels, tie fishing knots, discuss fishing ethics, learn fish species ID, make lanyards, do some tackle crafting, catch bait, bait hooks and remove fish from hooks,” according to Jeanne Lilienthal, Camp Fishing Instructor.  She added that “We try cleaning and cooking too if time permits.”

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Many of the children attend fishing camp on camperships and have few resources at home, so Camp Cavell tries to send campers home with a small tackle box filled with supplies, and a homemade knot kit and homemade lanyard. “With the FAF donation,” Lilienthal added, “we were finally able to give each  kid a fishing rod and reel combo. The kids were thrilled!”  “By donating equipment for the fishing camps, FAF continues to eliminate known barriers to recruit and retain young anglers,” stated Nick Schmal, FAF Executive Director.


Camp Cavell is a three season camp which has served children in the Metropolitan Detroit Community for over 95 years. The camp is located on 55 acres in Lexington, Michigan on the shores of Lake Huron. The camp works with a unique mix of children and adults from very different economic and social backgrounds.  A large number of the children served are from economically depressed areas and have a disability or are “at risk” in some way. Organizations that utilize camp services include the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Champs for Life (children in foster care due to abuse in the home), American Heart Stroke Survivors, Girl Scouts of America, ARC (mentally disabled adults) and Interim House (family shelter).

Please contact the camp directly if you have questions, suggestions or would like to help!

Camp Cavell Main Office: (810) 359-2267; Jill Laidlaw, Camp Director