BACKCOUNTRY SKILLS. SELF REFLECTION.
This is a program designed for teenagers ages 16 to 18 with previous backpacking experience and a genuine desire to pursue an extended wilderness experience. This program is preferably completed after LIT as an option for campers who are interested more in developing their backpacking skills than their mountain biking skills OR for campers who have completed SIT but will only be 16 the following summer.
This program involves an application and selection process that requires initiative and dedication from the camper. Steps of the application include submitting a letter of recommendation (for applicants who have not completed a prior Leadership Training Program), completing a set of supplemental questions, and a phone interview with the CCO Leadership and Trips Director.
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Sunday: Arrive at CCO, Icebreakers, ROWDIE campfire
Monday: Team building, review route of trip, pack food and gear, prepare to leave for trip
Tuesday: Leave for trip; sleep at trailhead
Wednesday (day 5)- Friday (day 14): Backpacking for 10 days in the Pecos Wilderness in the Santa Fe National forest (New Mexico). Participants will learn about Leave No Trace principles, backcountry risk management, group dynamics and development, and hard-skills specific to the activities on the trip.
Saturday: Drive back to CCO, rest day, shower, laundry,
Sunday: Service project. This project is generally trail work in the Fraser Valley
Monday: Day hike in a local Wilderness area.
Tuesday-Friday: Rafting on the Upper Colorado River. Participants will learn more about their own leadership strengths and weaknesses and have the opportunity to lead one another through Leave No Trace specific activities.
Saturday: Leave CCO. See you next year in WIL!
Weekend camp is available after odd-numbered sessions. If your camper is planning on participating in another program directly before or after their BLT session, please check to see that weekend camp is available.
Interested? Have more questions? Contact the office at email@example.com or call 970-887-2648.
Mission: YMCA of the Rockies puts Christian principles into practice through programs, staff and facilities in an environment that builds a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Our goal is to offer challenging experiences to build leaders through life-long skill development in a safe, imaginative, natural setting. We instill confidence through independence and interpersonal skills. We challenge our campers to discover their true selves.
CARING | HONESTY | RESPECT | RESPONSIBILITY | FAITH