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Youth Backcountry Camps

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Each summer the Tahoe Rim Trail Association partners with Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) and The American Red Cross to offer Youth Backcountry Camps to junior high and high school students. In the same spirit of our guided hikes for adults, Youth Backcountry Camps provide an opportunity for youth to get outdoors with their peers to discover and experience firsthand the beauty of the Lake Tahoe region. These camps are designed for youth with little or no experience living, working and traveling in the backcountry, but will require a basic level of physical fitness. 

Have questions about Youth Backcountry Camps? Check our FAQ's page!

Topics taught in Youth Backcountry Camps include:

• Navigation with map and compass
• Backcountry living skills
• Wilderness survival skills
• Local ecology and geology
• Outdoor leadership and team building
• Leave No Trace wilderness ethics 

* While all of these topics will be discussed, each will be covered in varying degrees of detail on each YBCC trip depending on the group and program focus.

Participants can expect to hike between 2 and 9 miles per day. Camps are limited to 10 - 12 participants per session. The programs are fully supported by well-trained TRTA and TINS or Red Cross staff, and all food, camping gear, permits and transportation to and from the trailheads are provided. Participants only need to provide shoes, clothes, and a passion for the outdoors!


Save the Date for 2014 Youth Backcountry Camps!

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Session 1: YBCC - Backcountry Leadership: (Ages 15-17): June 15-19  $375 FULL Learn More

Session 2: YBCC - Tahoe Trackers: (Ages 12-14): June 29 - July 1   Boys and Girls Club - FULL

Session 3: YBCC - Wilderness First Aid: (Ages 15-17): July 6-10 $375 FULL Learn More

Session 4: YBCC -Tahoe Trackers: (Ages 12-14): July 20-22 $240 FULL Learn More

CANCELLED Session 5: YBCC - Wilderness First Aid (Ages 15-17): July 27-31

2014 YBCC programs are full, however, if you would like to join a waitlist, please email Mikenna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Scholarships (in full or partial) are available on a need basis. Please read, fill out and return the scholarship application to receive funding for one of our YBCCs.

Contracted Groups

Full for Summer of 2014 - Contact us to schedule a program in 2015!

Youth Backcountry Camps present the perfect opportunity for a group backpacking experience in the Tahoe backcountry. If you have a group of teens and are interested in reserving a YBCC Private Session for the summer of 2014, please contact the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for more information. The TRTA can tailor a program to your group's interests and provide preparatory information (like gear lists, when to make travel plans, what to expect from your experience, YBCC Coordinator Packet) to help plan the logistics for your YBCC Private Session. Youth Backcountry Camps can accommodate up to 12 participants (including chaperones) and contracted programs are limited to the month of June. If you are interested in coordinating a YBCC trip for your teen group, please contact Mikenna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (775) 298-4493.

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