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Watch: Youth Volunteers Explain Why They Love WTA's Volunteer Vacations

Posted by Jessi Loerch at Jan 31, 2020 11:15 AM |

Every summer, teens head out on trail with WTA to have some fun and get some work done. The youth volunteer vacations are a great way to make friends, learn new skills and earn service hours. Teen volunteers share their experiences and offers some advice for new volunteers.

By Clarissa Allen
Videos by Britt Lê

Each year, hundreds of teens join WTA in the summer for a week of camping, hiking and taking care of trails. If you’ve never been on a trip with us before, you may be wondering why so many teens sign up. Watch five of our 2019 volunteers — Kai, Caroline, Annalise, Tessa and John — talk about why they join WTA on trail each summer. Then check out the trips and apply.

What is the best part of going on a WTA trip?

What do you like about trail work?


WTA’s Youth Volunteer Vacations are 6-8 day camping and trail work experiences where you can earn up to 40 service hours, make new friends,and explore some of Washington state’s best outdoor places. All of our trips provide you with experienced crew leaders, great projects and all of your meals for the week. Camping gear is available to borrow. Throughout July and August we run trips open to youth of all identities. We also host some trips specifically for youth with shared identities: all girls crew, LGBTQ+ crew and Latina crew.

What would you tell someone who is uncertain about signing up?

We know that trying something new can be scary, so we asked some of our volunteers what they would tell someone who is interested but a little nervous about signing up. Here’s what they said:

So, what do you say? Are you ready for a really fun week outside with other cool teens? Check out how to apply, and complete your forms and application by the Feb. 23 priority deadline. Payment isn’t due until you’re placed on a trip, and scholarships are available for folks who need them. 

If you have questions, contact Clarissa Allen, youth trail program manager,  at or 206-678-2025.