How to Apply

Photo of backcountry lake, water in the foreground, mountains in the deep background

Fewer than 100 slots are available for the Backcountry Trails Program and competition is strong! Follow the instructions closely and start your application early.

Backcountry Trails Program in partnership with Americorps

The 2022 Backcountry Trails Program application period is now closed. Applicants should check their email accounts for communications from the Backcountry Trails team.

The 2023 season application will period will open in late 2022.

The Backcountry Trails Program provides safety gear and uniforms to all members, and can also provide most backpacking gear for those in financial need. See the Personal Equipment List for details.

Backcountry Eligibility Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

BCTP Important Information to Consider (PDF)

View Backcountry Trails Personal Equipment List (PDF)

View Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

The CCC Backcountry Trails Program is administered by CaliforniaVolunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service.