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

Applications for the 2021 Backcountry Trails Program season are now closed. Applications were due by February 21, 2021.

However, it’s never too early to start thinking about the 2022 season. The application period opens in late November and runs until February. Check back here then to fill out your application. Learn more about the process below.

Please read all instructions thoroughly. You will need to complete both the CCC application (when available) AND an additional Backcountry-specific supplemental application, which you will receive a link to at the email address you provide. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR EMAIL AND FILL OUT THE SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION.

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.

2021 BCTP Eligibility (PDF)

2021 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.