Jr. High/High School Camps
In partnership with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association
2015 Youth Backcountry Camps (YBCC)
Get in tune with your senses and come explore Tahoe with a wildlife tracker’s state of mind! This 3-day program will introduce teens to Tahoe's wildlife, how we can recognize their signs, scat, and learn why they can’t always be seen. Join TRTA and Tahoe Institute for Natural Science as we base camp in the Tahoe Backcountry. Participants will learn about Wilderness Survival, local ecology, team building, and leadership!
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 develop 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
Dates: June 28- July 30
Cost: $240; Scholarships available on a first come first serve basis.
YBCC - Wilderness First Aid
This 5-day program offers teens the next level of wilderness experience. While backpacking through the Lake Tahoe Backcountry, participants will earn a Wilderness First Aid certification through the American Red Cross, learn survival skills including: navigation, backpacking safety, outdoor leadership and teambuilding, and Leave No Trace wilderness ethics.
Participants will have the unique opportunity to earn a Wilderness First Aid certification through the American Red Cross while adventuring on the Tahoe Rim Trail. Don't miss this chance to experience personal growth while bonding with peers in stunning Desolation Wilderness. This program is fully supported by the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and The American Red Cross. There will be two qualified guides plus one American Red Cross instructor to lead the trip. We will provide food, camping gear, instruction, WFA certificates, permits and transportation to and from the trailheads. Participants only need to bring personal gear, clothes and hiking shoes. Maximum 9 participants
Dates: July 6-10
Cost: $375; Scholarships available on a first come first serve basis.
Instructors for YBBC will be provided by the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science and/or the Tahoe Rim Trail Association. Registration for all high school camps is through the TRTA website or by calling (775) 298-4485.