Philadelphia and Camden high school students were placed on 5 crews of 6-12 members per crew; each crew was led by one or two adult crew leaders, crew ratio 1 leader to 6 students. This year for the first time SCA had 3 smaller crews with 6 members and 1 adult leader on each. Daily each crew completed vital restoration and trail maintenance work, while gaining invaluable work skills. To prepare crew members for this intensive work and outdoor experience, the first week of the program was dedicated to members participating in a weeklong training lead by the SCA Program Manager and Crew Leaders:
- Program Orientation focused on program logistics, expectations, teambuilding, conﬂict resolution, and a program overview.
- Job Readiness training was integrated throughout the program providing training and job skills to members who overwhelmingly were starting their first work experience. Topics covered included financial literacy, resume writing, interviewing, dress code, acceptable behavior and language, conﬂict resolution, and communication. The Financial Literacy presentation covered topics such as life skills, budgeting, banking services, credit, and interest and understanding your pay check taxes.
- Environmental Education and Tool Orientation provided members with hands on technical skills and safety training. Included was a weed warriors Presentation presented by John Heinz Park staff
In addition to conservation projects and the weeklong training, the crews met once a week for environmental education and leadership activities.