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Tucker Community Backpacking Trip

Tucker Community Backpacking Trip

A five day experience for local youth to get outside and explore a backcountry wilderness area in the Monongahela National Forest

Trip Overview

The Tucker Community Backpacking Trip is so fun! On the the first day, we’ll prepare for the big adventure by learning how to pack a backpack, set up a tent, and read a trail map. We’ll get to know each other and go on a short hike to warm up our legs and break in our hiking shoes. Families will pick their children up at 4 PM on Monday, June 10, and they will have one more night to spend in their beds. On Tuesday, we will finish packing and prepping in the morning, then depart for the backpacking trip in the afternoon. We’ll hike on backcountry trails, pass by waterfalls, dip our feet in cool mountain streams, and sleep under the stars. Before we know it we’ll be back home, excited to plan the next outdoor adventure. Families will pick up their children on Friday, June 14th at 4pm.  No experience is necessary to join this trip.

Intended Outcomes

  • Have fun! Participants will get outside and experience outdoor adventures they may or may not have experienced previously.
  • Create a community of friends who live nearby.
  • Learn technical skills like backpacking, navigation, and camping. These skills will prepare participants for future trips with Appalachian Expeditions or on their own.
  • Explore the cultural and natural history of this beautiful region. Participants will begin to learn about the areas they call home.

What is the total cost of the trip?​

The cost of this trip is $940, but any participant living in and attending school in Tucker, Preston, Randolph, or Garrett County is automatically eligible for a $740 scholarship bringing the cost of the trip to $200. We are able to offer scholarships because of generous donations and fundraising by our Run-For-It team. If you are a recipient of this scholarship, or would like to contribute to these scholarships for local kids, please consider joining our 2024 Run-For-It team or you can make a donation directly to Appalachian Expeditions on our website. This annual fundraiser event is put on by Tucker Community Foundation and will take place on September 28, 2024.

For those participants living outside of these counties (Tucker, Randolph, Preston, and/or Garrett), please check out our Mountaineer Backpacking Trip (MBT). Participants eligible for the TCBT can also use these scholarship funds for the MBT.

Trip Details

June 10-14

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Limited spots available!

Ages: 10-12, serving youth from Tucker, Preston, Randolph, and Garrett Counties

Activity: Backpacking/camping

Location: Davis/Blackwater Falls State Park (prep day) & backcountry wilderness area (backpacking)

Difficulty: 6/10

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