If we can bring joy to a veteran by sharing our time and talents, it’s time well spent. You never know what can build a community. For Camp Breac, in Bellefonte PA, it’s trout. Camp Breac sits along Spring Creek, a stream well known for it’s trout fishing. Jim and Denise Lanning had a vision to create a place for veterans and their families to enjoy the outdoors, fish, and most importantly connect with others veterans, families, and supportive community members.
Many volunteers help out at Camp Breac. Kris Edson was tasked with taking out a large old Norway spruce had that had died. He thought the tree and location was perfect for a large trout carving and contacted Ed who is known for his large fish carvings. After Kris cut the large tree it to proper size, Ed carved this beautiful wild brown trout leaping from the water. And Janise added the finishing touches with a bit of color to the water at the base of the fish. The trout carving is finished with a protective clear coat. Lastly, Army vet Daniel Kerstetter created very large Light Cahill fly for the wild brown trout to chase and it now hangs above the carving.
It is our hope that many conversations and connections are made around the old spruce, now a brown trout that serves as welcome to everyone visiting Camp Breac.