Youth Trail Corps Fall 2019
YTC Fall Trail Days
What is WMBC-YTC (Youth Trail Corp)?
YTC is all about: Middle and High school youth focusing on trail science and the art of building and maintaining a good trail, spending quality time outdoors, safe tool use and management, learning about trail building standards, , forestry, teamwork,, self reliance, service learning and a host of other topics that are integral to being a proficient trail builder. YTC youth can embrace trail building as an integral component to their mountain bike passion.
YTC is working on fun, achievable projects this year. We will be involved in many different trail issues that the Trail Build Leaders and YTC youth come up with together.
Our Fall 2019 season will continue working with seasoned and new YTC members. This fall we are offering a pilot 4-5 grade YTC trail day. We will typically be working on Galbraith Mountain trails (and elsewhere) as opportunity abounds in our region. See below for more information and Registration Link.
YTC Trail Day: Each day begins with meeting at our assigned location at 8:45, gathering as a group and departing at 9:00, riding your bikes up to base camp for the day, dropping off any extra stuff and working on the project designated for the day.. We will return to established base for lunch (provided by WMBC)and apply finishing touches if needed on the day’s trail project.. What is left of the day will be hitting the trails for some riding and trail discussion with your amazing Trail Builders.
Each participant will bring bike, water, helmet, appropriate layers for seasonable weather and a snack.
Kids will experience being outside all day working with youth crews and Trail Crew Leaders and learning some educational components of Trail Building. Groups stop for a hot lunch and a few breaks during the day. We will wrap up the trail building portion of the day, jump on our bikes and ride together finishing up at the Samish Parking Lot at 3:00 to meet parents for pick up.
See Fall schedule and links below.
We have a variety of projects lined out for the fall season; One of our days we will be meeting at the Hertz parking lot to work on Brown Pow and at the end of the day the kids will get the chance to ride this much talked about new addition in our Whatcom County trail quiver.
Passports and shirts:
When you attend 2 YTC days you earn one of our legendary ¾ YTC bike jerseys.
This fall we have a passport system that will mean for all the hours you put in with YTC, you will be offered various fun schwag like t shirts, sweatshirts, and other bike stuff.. We will be keeping track of tasks accomplished on your YTC trail day.
Some of the kids have put in many days with YTC over the last few years. Those kids are all eligible for our awesome YTC hoody. Moving forward, we will be offering a goody for every 2 days you participate.
Please contact Char if your youth is interested in a hoody from their past hours. (Must have attended 4+ YTC trail days).
Fall time is a great time to get outside to ride and work on trails. This season we are offering some great options for youth in Whatcom County including a pilot 4-5 grade trail day due to popular request.
We are offering 4 YTC trail days.
Dates for Alder group:4-5 grade
9/21- 4-5 Grade trail day/ Alder group. Join Jon Hansen and Dale Shahan on this day: buff out some lower sections of Atomic Dog..
Dates for Cedar group: middle and high school
9/28- Brown Pow trail day. Join Bill Hawk and Dale Shahan for National Outdoor Day over on Stewart Mountain. We will meet at Hertz parking lot on the south end of Lake Whatcom, shuttle up to work site and ride out on Brown Pow at end of the day.
10/19- Das Autobahn with Jeff Jaap and Dale Shahan
10/26 – Das Autobahn rework with Shamash Campbell and Dale Shahan : let’s get this trail rockin!
Registration: YTC Fall 2019 Registration/Links
Winter: We will be offering our youth first aid class this winter with Marie Bussard. Please let me know if your youth would be interested and I will add their name to our list.
Please contact Char Waller, WMBC Education Director for any additional information.