WMBC Youth Trail Corps
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.
Photo courtesy of Eric Ashley
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- Woopsie Woodle trail and structure rework 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.
Please contact Char Waller, WMBC Education Director for any additional information.
WMBC-YTC: Youth Trail Corps
Stay tuned for fall YTC programming including a grade 4-5 pilot YTC day!
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.:
- Sign up (available through sign up genius).Spring 2019 Youth Trail Corps Sign Up
- Sign Waiver : TRAIL DAYS | WMBC good for one year. Bring to 1st YTC trail day.
- Fee: Please bring a check or cash day of event or Paypal $50 YTC tuition fee
- Current WMBC family membership. WMBC Annual Family Membership
- 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholarships are available if the fees present your family with any hardship.
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.