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Borrow Free Gear to Take Youth Groups Camping

Posted by Andrew at Jun 03, 2014 11:10 AM |

Sign up for an overnight, entry-level course that covers the knowledge and skills to lead an overnight camping experience with a youth group. When you attend a workshop this summer, you’ll get access to high-quality camping and hiking gear through our free gear lending library. Workshop graduates can apply for $250 mini-grants to support outdoor youth experiences.

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If you're an educator or youth group leader and think your students could benefit from an outdoor experience, Washington Trails Association can help connect you to the skills, gear and supporting funds you need to make it happen.

Overnight camping workshop Aug 9-10 at Lake Sammamish State Park

Sign up for an overnight Camping Workshop for educators and youth group leaders and get access to high-quality camping and hiking gear.

WTA 's free gear lending library for youth groups now includes tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, camp stoves and kitchen kits, in addition to the hiking boots, rain gear and packs that are already available.

Plus workshop graduates can apply for $250 Mini-Grants to pay for transportation and trip costs that support outdoor youth experiences.

  • Dates: Sat-Sun, Jun 28-29 or Sat-Sun, Aug 9-10
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. Saturday - 12:00 p.m. Sunday
  • Location: Hans Jensen Youth Group Campsite at Lake Sammamish State Park (20 minutes from Seattle)
  • Fee: $40, which includes food and a WTA membership. Full scholarships are also available.
  • Register now or find out more

Build your outdoor trip leading skills and get your students outside!

WTA's Outdoor Leadership Training program is dedicated to getting youth, age 10-18, out hiking and camping by empowering the adults who work with them at schools and community-based organizations to become outdoor trip leaders.

These experiential workshops for educators and youth workers:

  • teach you how to lead a fun and memorable camping trip for youth who have limited to no experience with hiking or camping.
  • focus on camping trip planning, gear selection, risk management, fun group activities, hiking from your campsite and Leave No Trace™ outdoor ethics.
  • connect workshop graduates to a community of other educators.
  • give you access to funding assistance and a free gear lending library.

Gear orientation information

To gain access to the free gear lending library for youth groups and chaperones, participants need to attend a free two-hour overview about gear care, and the check-in and check-out process to borrow tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads and stoves, as well as hiking boots, clothing and packs.

The camping gear orientations are from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jun. 25 or Aug. 6, 2014 at WTA's office at 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98104.

To register for a workshop and find more information, visit For questions, please contact Andrew Pringle, Outdoor Leadership Training Coordinator, at or 206-971-9968.