Youth Backcountry Camps

This summer the Tahoe Rim Trail Association is partnering with the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) to offer Youth Backcountry Camps to junior high and high school students. 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. looking at map web

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

Topics taught in Youth Backcountry Camps include:

• Outdoor leadership and team building
• Local ecology and geology
• Leave No Trace wilderness ethics 
• Backcountry navigation
• Backcountry living skills
• Wilderness survival skills

Participants hike between 2 and 5 miles per day. Camps are limited to 10 - 12 participants per session. Each trip is fully supported by well-trained TRTA and partner 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!


2016 Open Registration Programs are all finished - time to start thinking about 2017!

If you have a group of 10-12 youth, let us know if you're interested in a private YBCC trip and be eligible for a discount off our regular price! 


This year we raised over $20,000 for our YBCC partner programs. By partnering with SOS Outreach, Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, and Presidio Community YMCA we were able to give kids who otherwise never would have gotten this experience, on the adventure of a lifetime! If you would like to take part in changing the lives of our youth, donate now.


For more information or to arrange a private trip, contact Maggie Brandenburg, Outdoor & Youth Programs Manager, at: or call (775) 298-4493.

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 2016 YBCC Participant Testimonials

 "This program made me feel very cleansed because we were disconnected from civilization for five days and it made me feel refreshed."

 "I'll walk away [from this program] being so much closer to all of the people I went with. It was so amazing to have such a close connection to people I never thought I would."

 "This program made me feel safe and happy. I was extremely satisfied with this program and experience."

 "I learned that I can do anything I set my mind to."

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2016 YBCC Parent Testimonials 

"[We] wanted to thank you for the excellent trip that [our daughter] participated in at the end of June. She came back full of exciting stories and surprisingly managed to survive those 5 days without a cell phone. We really appreciate how you provided such a memorable trip." 

"[He] was not ready to end the trip, and could certainly have spent more time in the wilderness. He had the best experience while sharing the time with kids his age, and learning about surviving in the backcountry, respecting the environment, and learning about nature." 

"My daughter had such an amazing experience. The guides were fantastic - fun, engaged, patient, and such good role models. She herself acknowledged how it changed the way she views herself in a much more positive way and how nice it was to be with her friends without the influence of technology! Cannot say enough about what a great program this is!!" 



Featured Partners and Supporters 


El Dorado Community Foundation

South Lake Tahoe Endowment

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