Idaho Trails Association Youth Program

Our new ITA Youth 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. In addition, students will have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, values, attitudes, commitment and skills needed to protect and improve the environment and to create new patterns of behavior as a whole towards the environment. This Youth Program is made possible by a grant from the Wood River Women’s Foundation, a Philanthropic Gift Fund of the Idaho Community Foundation.

  • Open to high school students 14-18 years old
  • A crew is comprised of 10 teens and 2 adult crew leaders
  • One day and seven-day backcountry trips are available
  • Develop leadership & outdoor skills
  • Help maintain our hiking trails
  • Earn service hours for school

This summer youth from Blaine County will have an opportunity to learn about the world of building and maintaining hiking trails. Our trips are led by certified Idaho youth counselors/teachers who are also experienced crew leaders and passionate about what they do. These opportunities allow teens to meet new friends, try new things and explore Idaho’s best outdoor places. This first project will take place in the Blaine County backcountry where the Back Country Horsemen of Idaho will pack the camp and food into the basecamp area. The selected youth with then hike in with the crew leaders and live and work out of the basecamp for the week. ITA will provide all the camping equipment, meals and supervision for the week. Tents and sleeping bags and pads are available. Crew leaders will have cell phones/radios in case of emergency.

Youth Program Packing List for the week-long projects

  • Your best self
  • ITA-issued hard hat
  • Two or three 1-liter water bottles (your crew leader will specify depending on your trip location)
  • Work gloves (bring an extra pair in case they get wet)
  • Long pants for work (leggings are not appropriate for trail work)
  • 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

  • Long sleeve shirt for working in
  • Safety glasses
  • Camp chair and/or sit pad for lunch at work site
  • Camera (either digital or manual)
  • Book, cards or other entertainment items

Do NOT Bring:

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


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