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. 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!looking at map web

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

* 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 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 Dates!

Click for age 12-14, June 19 - June 21

Click for age 14-17, July 31 - August 2

2016 Private Group Registration!

Click for Kathy's private trip, June 26 - June 30

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

*Based on availability

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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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 


El Dorado Community Foundation

South Lake Tahoe Endowment

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