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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

2016 Tahoe Rim Trail Youth Backcountry Camps

Posted on April 8, 2016
Filed Under Lake Tahoe Kids, Mountaineering

Map and compass orienteering. Wildlife, flora and fauna identification. Astronomy.

It’s all part of the Tahoe Rim Trail and Tahoe Institute for Natural Science youth backcountry summer camps. Get in tune with your senses and explore Tahoe with a wildlife tracker’s state of mind! This 3-day program will introduce teens (ages 12-14) to the wild inhabitants of the Tahoe Basin, how we can recognize their signs, scat, and learn why they can’t always be seen.

This program is intended as an introduction to backcountry travel and living skills for younger teens, with an emphasis on wildlife tracking and awareness of Tahoe’s natural inhabitants. Participants will be hiking between 2 and 5 miles per day and be developing tracking skills. This program is fully supported by the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and Tahoe Institute for Natural Science. There will be two to three qualified guides leading the trip, who will provide food, camping gear, permits, and transportation to and from the trailhead. Participants need only provide shoes, clothes and a passion for the outdoors! Scholarships available on a first come, first served basis. (Maximum 12 participants)

  • YBCC Tahoe Unplugged (3-day) June 19th – 21st, ages 12-14, $295
  • YBCC Tahoe Unplugged (3-day) July 31st – August 2nd, ages 14-19, $295
  • Registration is available online at www.tahoerimtrail.org

two outstanding three day programs. Youth participants are provided all the gear, food, and instruction to get outdoors with their peers. They learn basic backpacking and navigation skills, leave no trace ethics, natural history, local flora & fauna, and trail stewardship. Hiking in the backcountry of Lake Tahoe, cooking, camping, and exploring the joys of backcountry adventures, YBCC participants will discover a whole new world waiting for them! Both programs are instructed by experienced and well-trained staff from the TRTA and TINS.

Partial scholarships are available. For more information, contact Maggie at (775) 298-4493 or maggieb@tahoerimtrail.org.   $295 per student for 3 day camps.

The TRTA Youth Backcountry Camps engage young adults between the ages of 12-14 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.

Several topics incorporated will be:
• Map and Compass Orienteering
• Leave No Trace: 7 Principles for Minimum Impact Recreation
• Shelter building skills
• Flora and Fauna Identification
• Backcountry survival skills
• Team building exercises
• Leadership skills
• Trail building

For more information, and for prerequisites for this course, please call the TRTA office at (775) 298-0238.

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