Teen Trail Corps Camp

Adventure Riding and Trail Stewardship in a Jam-Packed Five Days of Fun!


Date: July 18-22

Location: Penn State Mont Alto Campus



TTC-Logo-finalGet ready to make Pennsylvania Mountain Biking better than ever by building the now and the future of this sport in PA and getting out for some incredible riding in one of PA’s most storied mountain bike destinations – Michaux State Forest!

There are four tenets to the TTC: Speak, Build, Respect, Ride. By completing a variety of tasks focused on each of these tenets, PA students can earn the rank of TTC Captain. Attendance at our upcoming TTC Camp will help students in 9th-12th grades reach the level of Teen Trail Corps Captain in just a few short days. More importantly, students attending the TTC Camp will gain perspective and understanding on a range of trail stewardship related opportunities that exist for them both as students and as they venture out into whatever is next for them in life!

Presenters include Purple Lizard Maps’ Mike Herman, one of PA’s original mountain bikers and a State College original, who was adding deraileurs to cruisers at the same time that crew out in CA was doing it  (but just didn’t get the credit) who then went on to work at the legendary Grove Innovations before founding Purple Lizard, the outdoor enthusiasts’ resourse for maps across PA and further afield. Purple Lizard is also a great supporter of the PA League.  Mike will be on hand to talk about the mapping process and we’ll work through some mapping activities with him too!

Our base camp for the weekend is Penn State’s Mont Alto Campus adjacent Michaux State Forest. The camp will consist of trail projects, TTC badge attainment, and visits from people who have navigated their way to lives based around the incredible opportunities that are available through mountain biking and trail stewardship. Attendees will learn about sustainable trail practices through a mock trail development project.  Stay tuned to the league facebook page for updates about your TTC camp!

This is the first ever Teen Trail Corps Camp in NICA and we’re proud that PA is helping to set the course for the TTC program across the county.


We have a dedicated and experienced staff to develop this camp but we are also looking for volunteers. If you would like to be involved, please enter you information HERE. All volunteers will need to be 18+ years old and have background checks secured.


Despite being based off of the national Teen Trail Corps program, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League is developing the curriculum and running this camp on their own with the support of regional trail professionals. If your company would be interested in discussing sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.

More TTC Fun!

Riders and teams will be awarded points in the PA League series and prizes for engaging in trail stewardship, development, and advocacy via the Teen Trail Corps program.

Tentative Schedule

Subject to change due to weather and/or other conflicts


3:00 PM Check-in
4:00 PM Camp Set-Up                                                                             
5:00 PM  Introductory activities
6:30 PM  Dinner
 7:00 PM Anatomy of a Trail Project
8:00 PM Campfire
9:30 PM Bedtime
10:00 PM Lights out


7:00 AM Wake up bell
7:30 AM Stretch & Morning yoga    
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Purple Lizard, Finding Your Way To A Life of Trails
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Let’s Ride!
4:00 PM Plotting Your Course – more Purple Lizard fun!
5:30 PM Dinner 
6:30 PM Evening Workshop
8:30 PM Night Hike
9:30 PM Bedtime
10:00 PM Lights out



7:00 AM Wake up bell
7:30 AM Stretch & Morning yoga
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Trail Building Session #1
10:30 AM Ride/Review
11:30 AM Trail Building Session #2
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Trail Building Session #3 
2:30 PM Ride/Review
3:30 PM Trail Building Session #4
4:30 PM Fun Ride
6:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Evening Workshop
9:30 PM Bedtime
10:00 PM Lights out



7:00 AM Wake up bell
7:30 AM Stretch & Morning yoga
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Let’s Ride!
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM What’s Next? Maybe the Student Conservation Association?
3:00 PM Speak – Engaging your community
4:00 PM Ride!
6:00 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Campfire
9:30 PM Bedtime
10:00 PM Lights Out!


7:00 AM Wake up bell
7:30 AM Stretch & Morning yoga
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Fun Ride
11:00 AM Trail Building Session #5
12:30 PM Lunch and Wrap Up
1:30 PM Check out and pick up!

Recommended Packing List (Preliminary)

  • Your mountain bike (be sure it’s in proper working order)
  • Helmet
  • Eye protection
  • Cycling shoes (this may be your sneakers for some riders)
  • Cycling clothes
  • Hydration pack or water bottles and cages on bike
  • On the bike snacks
  • Tubes – no less than 1 per day of camp
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Pillow
  • Head lamp or flashlight
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap etc)
  • Towels- bath and swim
  • Bathing suit
  • Rain coat
  • Rain boots
  • Sneakers or sturdy shoes for hiking and riding
  • Shower shoes
  • Sweatshirt
  • Jeans or sweatpants
  • Shorts
  • Socks (extra socks too)
  • Pajamas
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent (Ticks are bad this year!)
  • Laundry bag for dirty clothes


  • Meals are included – Wednesday dinner through Sunday Lunch.
  • Parents, we’ll send out more information about the camp, including forms to return at registration, the week prior to the camp.
  • Bikes must be prepped and ready to ride and will be checked for readiness at registration – get your bike in for a tune-up if you’ve not done so recently. Helmets will be checked for integrity – no cracks or dents – and for manufacturing date. Helmets that are more than 3 years beyond the date of manufacture are no longer considered safe and must be replaced prior to camp.
  • Mechanicals can and do happen. We will have a basic repair station at camp. More in depth mechanical issues or equipment failures/breakages are not covered in the cost of camp. Any costs for repair are the responsibility of the rider/parents. Should a repair be required, we will first call with information and to confirm the course of action before repairing the equipment.