Youth Trapper Camp

About The Camp

Who is YTC And What Does It Do?

First began as a tri-agency endeavor, the three-day camp which is held annually in the beautiful Bear Paw Mountains, south of Havre, Montana, has been incorporated in Montana as a non-profit educational organization.  The Internal Revenue Service has classified YTC as a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization which allows all contributions to be income tax deductible.

The annual camp has been held in the month of June, accommodations are semi-primitive, with attendees providing their own tents, campers, RV's and personal items.  All meals, snacks, soft drinks and eating utensils are provided.

The camp is geared towards family participation.  Campers will attend classes on trapping methods, ethics, regulations, fur handling, health and safety.  Camp instructors come from the MTA education program, Montana 4-H program and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Funding for YTC comes from camp fees, YTC Membership Gifts, Individual and corporate donations, participation in the 'Albertson's Community Partners Program', the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks offers a $20 scholarship to the first 60 youth and YTC, Inc provides for the additional applicants who request help prior to April 15.

Who May Attend YTC?

  • Any youth under the age of 18 years
  • Any youth 10 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Any youth regardless of their race, religion or nation origin
  • Youth do not have to be a member of the MTA or enrolled in the 4-H program
  • Youth with special needs must be accompanied by an adult
  • Any person over the age of 18 years, may attend as a camper, chaperon or volunteer
  • Family participation is encouraged
  • Attendees are selected on a first come - first accepted basis
  • First year participants will attend 9 classes dealing with trapping basics, conservation, regulations, ethics, furbearer identification, safety and health
  • Returning participants will receive more intense hands-on training

Purpose and Goals of YTC

  • Teach the proper care, management, preservation and utilization of furbearers and other North American wildlife
  • Develop, promote and support educational programs for the wise use, management and conservation of furbearers
  • Inform and educate the public to more completely understand the problems of the wise use of furbearers
  • Stimulate public interest in furbearers
  • Promote environmental education, including the wise use and conservation of furbearers
  • Operate an annual camp which will fulfill the goals of YTC, Inc and benefit the general public