WMBC Youth Trail Corps

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Stay tuned for fall YTC programming including a grade 4-5 pilot YTC day!

Spring 2019

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                                                                                                                 YTC Trail Day-Fall 2018

YTC is all about: Trail Science and the art of building and maintaining a good trail, spending quality time outdoors, tool knowledge, learning about IMBA and WORCA Trail standards, trail assessment, trail flow, forestry, native plant identification, teamwork, spending all day outside in all kinds of weather, self reliance, teamwork  and a host of other topics that are integral to being a proficient trail builder.

 

 

YTC Cedars: Spring 2019 season!  We are now going into our third year. Our 2019 season will continue working with seasoned and new YTC members.  We will typically be working on Galbraith Mountain trails (and possibly elsewhere) as opportunity abounds in our region.

 To attend any YTC trail day please make sure to complete the following prior to YTC scheduled day.:

  1. Sign up (available through sign up genius).Spring 2019 Youth Trail Corps Sign Up  
  2. Sign Waiver : TRAIL DAYS | WMBC  good for one year. Bring to 1st YTC trail day.
  3. Fee: Please bring a check or cash day of event or Paypal $50 YTC tuition fee
  4. Current WMBC family membership. WMBC Annual Family Membership
  5. Fill out our Registration page YTC Registration

YTC is a crucial link for WMBC and we couldn’t be more pleased with our YTC program! Come join the fun!

YTC will be working on fun projects this year. We will be involved in many different trail issues that the Trail Build Leaders and YTC youth come up with together. The day will begin with riding up to base camp for the day, dropping off any extra stuff and then hitting the trails for some riding and trail discussion with one or more of our amazing Trail Builders. We will return to base before lunch (provided by WMBC) and get to work on the project designated for the rest of the day. End of day we will ride back down to Samish Parking lot.

Our 2019 season will continue this spring with a total of at least 8 planned trail days for middle-school and high school aged youth.

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                                                                                                    Photo courtesy of Eric Ashley

YTC Trail Day: Each trail day starts with meeting at the Samish Way Parking Lot at 9:00 with bikes, water, helmet, appropriate layers for seasonable weather and a snack. We then ride up as a group to our designated base camp for the day.

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 day at 3:30, jump on our bikes and ride down together to the Samish Parking Lot at 4:00 to meet parents for pick up.

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                                                                                                   Photo courtesy of Eric Ashley

This year each youth committed to YTC will have a “YTC Passport”. Inside will be pages of skills related to trail building. Each day, your instructor will cover some of the topics included in your passport and check you off for each item that you have shown proficiency.

Completion of “Basic YTC” earns you a WMBC YTC Hoody. Some of your work from last year will be eligible retroactively.                                                                                              Each new YTC person (or if you didn’t receive one yet) receives a YTC ¾ sleeve tech shirt.

Fee: YTC trail days cost per day will be a $50 fee + Annual WMBC family membership($60) https://wmbcmtb.org/donate/  This creates a sustainable program, pays the trail builders for their time and provide lunches (cooked outside by YTC)

We love to welcome any youth interested in our programs. If you know of any middle or high school aged kids that might be interested in YTC please contact me at chardotw@gmail.com

Scholarships are available if the fees present your family with any hardship.  

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YTC-Vamos Outdoors-Kids Outside:We are running a mountain bike/trail building program  for some ELL (English Language Learners) in our community and are providing an opportunity for them to participate in 6 after school rides and 2 trail days. This new program will be adding a vital branch of WMBC/YTC by reaching out to kids that might never have a chance to get out on the trails. If you see them out on the trails, please give them a high-5! Thanks to Phillips 66 and Kona Bikes for generously offering us a grant to run this program, including purchasing some new bikes.

We are excited to see old and new faces out on the trails this year!

WMBC’s mission statement: To preserve and enhance non-motorized trail access  in Whatcom County through education, stewardship and advocacy.  

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