Every year, SCA provides training, tools and projects that place motivated teens and young adults in the field to effect changes great and small. How do we measure the effects? Sometimes its through decreased CO2 levels or by the tons of trash collected or in the number of trees planted. Our success is also measured by the lessons learned, the perspective gained and the lives we transform—today and into the future. Often when the SCA project is over, the success story is just beginning. Take a look at some of our most recent accomplishments.

Posted by Daniel Ramirez | Monday, August 19, 2013

Members of the SCA International high school crew take a ferry to the trailhead. They will work and camp about 6 miles up the valley behind them – the Big Beaver drainage.

Have you ever seen a zipline through a forest? If you said yes, then it’s probably one of those ultra-touristy, charge-people-a-lot-of-money-to-have-the-chance-to-fly-through-the-trees type of deals.

Posted by Jerimiah Oetting | Monday, August 19, 2013

Conservation Begins Here — at a Ford F350 XL Super Duty with a Power Stroke Diesel V8 engine, manual transmission, and a patina of fine Idaho dust coating everything inside and out.

Posted by Leslie Redman | Monday, August 19, 2013

A thick wave of smoke rolls in as the sun sets over Convict Lake in Mammoth Lakes, California.

As the interpretive interns and rangers await the arrival of shuttle busses that transport visitors into our valley every half hour, they anticipate answering a standard array of questions ranging from “How far is the hike to see Rainbow Falls?” to the classic “Which way to the bathroom?” An observant

Posted by Jenny Myung | Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A 100,000+ acre, lightening caused fire that burned in the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests and on private lands in southern Colorado. Photo Courtesy of the US Forest Service

For years, Smokey Bear had me convinced that humans were destroying Nature with their campfires and cigarettes.

Posted by Madalee Haines | Tuesday, August 13, 2013

This past week I finished up my internship with the U.S. Forest Service in Dillon, Colorado. It was a busy time, wrapping up with an end of term backpacking trip and several patrols. It all went by extremely quickly and before I knew it I was packing up for Moab, Utah to head to my new internship with the National Park Service.

Posted by Jacqueline Keating | Monday, August 12, 2013

The National Park Service does a great job of providing on-site housing for their seasonal volunteers and employees. Here at Arches, my roommates and I share a beautiful house that is surrounded by giant red rock cliffs and includes a backyard that features an array of desert life including our own juniper tree and an adorable rabbit that we’ve affectionately dubbed Marcel.

Posted by Daniel Ramirez | Monday, August 12, 2013

This first blog post has been difficult to conceive. I’ve been here for barely a month, and the details of my job – that is, the precise tasks that I will be doing regularly – are still being ironed out. My post is an internship with the Volunteer and Youth Program at North Cascades National Park.

Posted by Anna Megan Borthwick | Monday, August 12, 2013

Aerial photo of the USS Arizona via Wikipedia

In 2008, President George W Bush established WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument which includes sites in Hawaii, California, and Alaska. This set of historic sites reveals a wider more complete story of the War in the Pacific, from the attack on Pearl Harbor, to the segregation of Japanese Americans.

Posted by Adisson Mcgill-Telmosse | Friday, August 9, 2013

Towards the end of one’s college career people begin to ask the question, “So what are you going to do once you graduate?” Some people have a particular career path in mind, many dream of international travel, others plan on immediately continuing their education. I simply wanted to go to Alaska.

Posted by Madalee Haines | Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Learning to Cross-Cut (SCA’s Maggie and David

I am writing this blog from a couch in my U.S. Forest Service bunkhouse here in Summit County, CO. It feels good to rest on this soft surface with my feet up, as my bones are aching from all of the hiking that we do here. Even so, I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything.

Posted by Jenny Myung | Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Sunset at the Smokejumper base

Sunset at the Smokejumper base

At first glance, my cushy job as a tour guide doesn’t seem like such a great catch. For the most part, I sit behind a desk, greet visitors and give the same 45-minute tour day-in and day-out.

Posted by Jacqueline Keating | Tuesday, August 6, 2013

“In the wilderness is the preservation of the world,” wrote Thoreau, perhaps on a dark stormy New England night by a wood burning stove after a blissful day wandering under enormous pine trees and through secluded bodies of water. The preservation of the world… what a lovely thought.

Posted by Anna Megan Borthwick | Friday, August 2, 2013

Entrance to the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor Visitor Center

Certain events forever change the course of American history, defining our nation’s identity and future. The bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 was one such event, leading America into World War II.

Posted by Leslie Redman | Friday, August 2, 2013

The sun sets over the Sierra Nevada Mountains at Pika Lake.

My journey to the Sierra actually began one year ago. I was a Florida girl living in a shabby, but expensive, Brooklyn apartment and working at a café in Manhattan.

Posted by Jon Whiting | Friday, August 2, 2013

Well, the final week of my internship has come and gone.

A few of us went down to Bon Secour National Wildlife Reserve to try and catch a sea turtle hatching at one of their beach sites. To my dismay, they sensed I was coming to the area and waited to hatch until the day after I’d left.

Posted by Eliza Stokes | Thursday, August 1, 2013

I spent the past five days of my SCA internship at Child’s Glacier, a 300-450 foot tall calving glacier about an hour and a half from Cordova.

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Posted by Greg Kinman | Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Nothing inspires a person to conserve the earth’s beauty more than spending time in true wilderness. Josh, my supervisor, and I just returned from a ten-day off-trail backpacking trip through the upland wilderness of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in eastern Interior Alaska. We traveled by bush plane, landing on tall grass in an area near Copper Mountain and the upper Charley River.

Posted by Emmet Pruss | Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The termination of 2 short weeks will mark the completion of the SCA program that I have been a part of with 22 companions for the last 10 months.

Posted by Emmet Pruss | Friday, July 26, 2013

Something that I knew about SCA, but didn’t fully appreciate until recently, is the storied history and shear diversity of the programs that they offer.

My program, for example, is a Residential Corps Program. This means that I share my living space, meals, and community with 22 coworkers at our repurposed Knights of Columbus camp in rural Hawley, Massachusetts.

Posted by Karrie Kressler | Friday, July 26, 2013

My work breaks away from the traditional SCA roles. I’m not cutting tread on a beautiful backcountry trail, or providing much needed disaster relief. I do not interact with wild animals or fires.

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Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
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Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
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Yosemite National Park
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New York City
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Washington, DC
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A new multi-year study on SCA’s youth impact shows significant gains across a wide range of indicators.
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