Youth Backcountry Camps

This summer the Tahoe Rim Trail Association is partnering with the City of South Lake Tahoe (SLT) and Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) 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, SLT or TINS 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 2015 Youth Backcountry Camps!

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Session 1: YBCC - Backcountry Leadership with the City of South Lake Tahoe (SLT):
June 21 - June 23, Full Scholarship for Presidio Community YMCA

Session 2: YBCC -Backcountry Leadership with the City of South Lake Tahoe:
July 21 - July 23, Full scholarship for Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe

Session 3: YBCC - Wildlife Survival with the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) and SLT:
August 1 - August 3, $295, Open Registration for Ages 12-14  Learn More!

Session 4: YBCC - Wildlife Survival with the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) and SLT
August 10 - August 12, Full Scholarship for SOS Outreach of North Lake Tahoe


Scholarships (in full or partial) are available on a first come first serve and need basis. Please read, fill out and return the scholarship application to apply for a scholarship on one of our YBCC trip.

Featured Partners and Supporters

Be sure to check out what our City of South Lake Tahoe partners are up to this summer for more youth opportunities!  Click here for more information. 

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