Youth backcountry camps offer wilderness experience, skills |

Youth backcountry camps offer wilderness experience, skills

Young backpackers learn map and compass reading during a Tahoe Rim Trail trip.
Courtesy TRTA |

TAHOE, Calif. — The Tahoe Rim Trail Association, the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS), and the American Red Cross are partnering for their seventh annual Youth Backcountry Camp summer program season.

Teens ages 12-17 are invited to attend three or five-day programs for inspiring wilderness experiences.

These programs are an opportunity for teens to make new friends while learning about Wilderness First Aid (WFA), leadership skills, navigation (map/compass), Leave No Trace wilderness ethics, ecology and geology, wilderness tracking, and backcountry cooking and nutrition.

Participants will backpack approximately 3-7 miles per day while participating in learning activities.

Previous participants attest to the positive backcountry experience: “YBCC got me away from a lot of things and it taught me my own strength,” “I can do whatever I want if I push myself harder,” and “My favorite part of this trip was hiking and getting to know people. I also love that we problem solved while hiking. My brain feels bigger.”


YBCC Wilderness First Aid (five-day), ages 15-17, July 6-10, $375.

YBCC Tahoe Trackers! (three-day), ages 12-14, July 20-22, $240.

Gear, food and transportation will be provided for all participants. All programs are instructed by experienced and well-trained staff from the TRTA, TINS and American Red Cross.

Scholarships are available. To determine eligibility and for more information contact Mikenna by phone 775-298-4493 or email

Online registration can be completed at

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