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 2023 Backcountry Trails Program application period for the 2023 season is now closed. Please monitor this page for when the 2024 season application becomes available in the fall.

The Backcountry Trails Program (BCTP) 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.

BCTP Eligibility FAQs (PDF)

BCTP Information to Consider (PDF)

BCTP Personal Equipment List (PDF)

BCTP Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

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