Youth Backcountry Camps

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Join an intimate group of 10-12 youth, ages 12-14 or 14-17, on a personalized trip to discover and experience firsthand the beauty of the Lake Tahoe region with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) and Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS). Topics include:looking at map web

  • Backcountry living skills
  • Map & compass navigation
  • Wilderness survival skills
  • Leave No Trace wilderness ethics
  • Local ecology and geology
  • Leadership & team building

Hike between 2 and 5 miles per day. Trips are fully supported by well-trained TRTA and TINS staff. All food, camping gear, permits, and transportation to and from the trailheads is provided. Participants only need to provide shoes, clothes, and a passion for the outdoors!

Have questions about Youth Backcountry Camps? Check our FAQ's page or contact Maggie Brandenburg, Outdoor & Youth Programs Manager at

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Mark your calendars! 2017 YBCC dates are here (click to register):

June 25-28, 2017, ages 14-17
June Application

July 9-12, 2017, ages 12-14
July Application

 August 13-16, 2017, ages 12-14
August Application

Give your child the experience of a lifetime. Registration is now open!

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2016 Accomplishments

In 2016 we raised over $20,000 for our YBCC partner programs. By partnering with SOS OutreachBoys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, and Presidio Community YMCA we were able to give kids who otherwise never would have gotten this experience, the adventure of a lifetime! If you would like to take part in changing the lives of our youth, donate now.

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2016 YBCC Participant Testimonials

"My favorite part of YBCC was how they trusted us as a team - we were treated like adults."

"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."

"This program made me feel very lucky. It gives you such a perspective on how much of a privilege the wilderness is, and makes you more concerned on [sic] preserving it."


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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!!"


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