Our ITA Youth Trail Crew Program provides opportunities for youth ages 14-18 to learn about the outdoors while building and maintaining hiking trails in a safe, teamwork-oriented environment throughout the state of Idaho. Students will have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, values, attitudes, commitment and skills needed to become stewards of public lands and to create new patterns of behavior as a whole towards the environment.

Our trips are led by experienced crew leaders who are passionate about the outdoors. These week-long projects allow teens to meet new friends, try new things and explore Idaho’s best outdoor places. ITA will provide all the meals and supervision for the week. Tents, sleeping bags, and pads are available. Crew leaders will have cell phones/radios in case of emergency. See our 2021 schedule to sign up! Contact trails@idahotrailsassociation.org if you have any questions about our youth projects.

2021 Youth projects:

Johnson Saddle– May 30- June 5- Filled

Rapid River– June 20-26

Loon Creek– July 5

East Fork Wood River/Little Wood– July 18-24

Emerald Lake– August 1-7

Mattingly Creek– August 22-28

Youth Program Packing List for the week-long projects

  • Two or three 1-liter water bottles (your crew leader will specify depending on your trip location)
  • Work gloves
  • Long pants for work (leggings are not appropriate for trail work)
  • Long-sleeved shirts for work (cotton is not recommended- polyester or merino wool is best)
  • Spare clothes for leisure hours (bathing suit, shorts, hats, sneakers/sandals, shirt)
  • Water shoes (we require that all volunteers wear protective shoes like sandals or crocs while swimming)
  • Good hiking/work boots –well broken in
  • Any special dietary stuff/medication and/or vitamins
  • Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, toiletries, etc)
  • First aid kit (ITA provides a major first aid kit), but consider bringing personal size
  • Rain gear (preferably heavy-duty that can fit over top of your work clothes)
  • Sleeping bag and pad if you have one
  • Head lamp or flash light + extra batteries
  • Dry warm clothes (preferably poly pro fleece or wool)
  • Insect repellent
  • Day pack to carry lunch water, gloves and other personal items to the work site
  • Bandanas or handkerchiefs
  • Sunscreen + sun hat + sun glasses
  • Lunch and snacks for the first day hike to camp!

Optional Items

  • Camp chair and/or sit pad for lunch at work site
  • Camera (either digital or manual)
  • Book, cards or other entertainment items

ITA will provide

  • All meals and filtered water
  • Hard hat
  • Safety glasses
  • Trail maintenance tools
  • Basic first aid kit for minor injuries

Do NOT Bring:

Electronics! (This includes music players, cell phones, and portable game systems)