Tahoe Rim Trail offers youth backcountry camps

Photo courtesy Tahoe Rim Trail

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) in partnership with Sierra Nevada Journeys (SNJ) will offer four three-day, two-night Youth Backcountry Camps as a part of their 2009 summer trail and educational programs.

The camps will be held July 13-15, July 16-18, July 19-21 and July 22-24. The fourth session, July 22-24 is a Latino Youth Backcountry Camp directed toward Latino youth who would like to have a meaningful experience in the backcountry.

The TRTA Youth Backcountry Camps engage young adults ages 14 to 18 who love the outdoors and want to learn more about backpacking, trail operations, ecology and outdoor leadership skills in an advanced wilderness setting. Participants learn valuable lessons and gain outdoor experiences that will help them to connect with the environment and infuse environmental stewardship into their lives, allowing them to spread their new-found knowledge and skills throughout their community.

Topics include: Map and compass orienteering, leave no trace: Seven principles for minimum impact recreation, shelter-building skills, flora and fauna identification, backcountry survival skills, team building exercises and leadership skills.

Additionally, participants will perform a day of service learning on the trail and get their hands dirty doing actual trail maintenance under the supervision of an experienced TRTA crew leader.

Each camp has the capacity for 12 students and will be fully supported by TRTA and SNJ staff. The cost for the program is $99 for sessions 1, 2 and 3 (scholarships are available) and $25 for session 4 (the Latino Youth Backcountry Camp). Through a generous donation from REI, participants are provided with all necessary camping gear and food for the program. Participants only need appropriate footwear and clothing and a passion for the outdoors.

For more information or to register contact Katy Washington (775) 298-0238 or Visit

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association, founded in 1981, is a non-profit organization, which works to enhance, expand and promote the Tahoe Rim Trail system, practice and encourage stewardship and provide access to the beauty of the Lake Tahoe region. The Association works in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and Nevada State Parks.

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