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 Kalina Chung | Friday, July 26, 2013
Look at the crewmembers all ready to start rowing!

Look at the crewmembers all ready to start rowing!

Already into the second half of my stint leading a Seattle Community Crew, and I can’t believe it has gone by so quickly! I guess it’s true that time flies when you’re having fun.

This week’s theme for educational lessons was professionalism, and on Monday, we started off with a session on budgeting.

Posted by Apoorva Mahajan | Friday, July 26, 2013

When I first got word of my summer internship in Grand Teton, I couldn’t have been more excited. But there was one nagging doubt on my mind. As an Interpretation intern, I understood that I would wear a number of hats. The one role that gave me some worry, however, was having to present programs. In front of large audiences. All by myself.

I Think I’m Batman

Posted by Jon Whiting | Thursday, July 25, 2013
Weighing a captured bat

Weighing a captured bat. Thursday. Hour ‘til midnight. It’s warm. 76. Fahrenheit. Not Celsius. Probably implied though. We Americans are hipsters when it comes to our measurement of temperature. Anyways. 90% humidity.

Posted by Greg Kinman | Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Here is our boat, tied up at the launch at Eagle. The bluff towers over the tiny village.

On my second patrol, June 18th-26th, my supervisor, Josh, and I embarked on a motorboat trip up and down the section of the Yukon River that lies within Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.

Posted by Eliza Stokes | Friday, July 19, 2013

Trail Crew is Stoked to be Netting! First of all, a lot of things went right this week.

Posted by Jon Whiting | Friday, July 19, 2013

First and foremost, I hate geese.

They are just terrible, god awful things. Last year they pooped all over my porch and attacked me during my morning jog on the regular.

But I’m not going to mention these vile creatures in this post. No sir.

I’m going to talk about their total opposites, waterfowlnesswise: Ducks. Lovely ducks.

Posted by Kalina Chung | Thursday, July 18, 2013

We got our Burlap (and mulch) delivery! Here’s a picture of SCA’s Finest taking a break on the comfy burlap, soon to be used for purposes other than cushion.

After our first week at the site, SCA’s Finest crew has finally settled down into a fun and productive routine, which perfectly fits one of our frequently used mottos, “work hard, play hard”.

by Greg Kinman

Posted by Greg Kinman | Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Our helicopter sitting at the picturesque Eagle airstrip.

Now that you all know a bit about me from my first post, I’ll give you a description of my favorite day from my first patrol. From June 6th-12th, I was stationed out of the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve headquarters in Eagle, Alaska.

by Karrie Kressler

Posted by Karrie Kressler | Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I started seriously bicycling only recently when I moved to Pittsburgh, which is a heck of a place to start considering all of the hills here. It’s also surprising considering that while I was growing up I watched my role-model-dad bike to work every fair-weathered day.

Posted by Emmet Pruss | Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The tag on my hammock reads “Step 1 Relax.” There are no other steps; it’s a succinct instruction.

And a decent one to keep in mind at work—not just trail work, all work. All not work, too, in fact.

On our hitch at Mt. Greylock, John takes deep breaths between sips of this morning’s coffee. He has an interview at 5 PM.

Posted by Apoorva Mahajan | Monday, July 15, 2013

Looking back on my last blog post, I realize that I may have started off on the wrong foot. This time around, instead of writing on the topic of bears, near and dear to my outdoors experience so far, I’ll get back to the basics by giving a proper introduction to my day-to-day life.

Posted by Tishena Gillis | Friday, July 12, 2013

Hello everyone! Before I get into the details of my internship with the Army Corps of Engineers, I’d like to tell you how I spent my Independence Day. While I’m sure the majority of you cooked out, set off massive amounts of fireworks, or simply enjoyed your day off work, my crew and I opted for a less traditional approach and had a gardening extravaganza to offset the beginning of summer.

Posted by Emmet Pruss | Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Connecticut River gluts flatly into the horizon, viewed from the observation deck atop Mt. Sugarloaf in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Church steeples from small towns freckle the foothills, the spaces between them carpeted under humid shags of exhaling trees.

Posted by Kalina Chung | Wednesday, July 10, 2013

SCA’s Finest with our group contract.

Hello to you from Seattle, Washington! My name is Kalina, a born and raised Seattleite currently attending the University of Washington. I have participated in SCA’s International Crew, its Seattle school year program, and now I’m privileged enough to be the crew leader apprentice for a summer community crew program.

by Greg Kinman

Posted by Greg Kinman | Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Hello! I’m Greg, from Dallas, Texas, and I’m working as a Photo Media Intern for Alaska’s Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve this summer. I’m based out of Fairbanks, but I fly to the preserve, located in the eastern Alaskan Interior, for each of my four ten-day-or-so backcountry patrols.

Yes, I know that’s a long way to travel just for a summer internship.

Posted by Eliza Stokes | Monday, July 8, 2013

Baltimore Meets the Alaskan Wilderness- It’s Hard to See, But I’m Wearing an Orioles Baseball Cap!

“I have no idea what I’m gonna do this summer,” I told my friend Andrew as we sat on his couch this past winter break. “Do an SCA internship,” he said.

Posted by Jon Whiting | Monday, July 8, 2013

Let me tell y’all about some wildlife right quick.

Mississippi, or as I like to call it “Sippiland,” is a state teeming with various species-of animal and human-that I’ve never before had the pleasure of meeting. Or displeasure, in reference to these irritating mosquitoes.

Posted by Apoorva Mahajan | Monday, July 8, 2013

Around these densely forested parts of Wyoming, the bear is king. When a shutterbug or intrepid hiker asks about the whereabouts of a certain large mammal, it is the bear they seek. And when a family of four asks much the same question with palpable trepidation, it is the bear they seek to avoid.

Posted by Karrie Kressler | Friday, July 5, 2013

Most days I walk to work. It’s just a quick jog up Millvalle, and a right on Penn. Within fifteen minutes, I’m there.

Well, that’s only true if I manage to catch the first traffic light, and this morning I’m left waiting. I linger patiently with plenty of company though; my corner also serves as a popular bus stop for folks commuting to Oakland, and the Southside.

Posted by Vicki Rubino | Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The SCA Sandy Recovery Leader Crew has come to a close… a month goes by way too quickly! It’s truly been an amazing, inspiring experience for me. For the final week of the crew, we switched things around, and split the two teams up.

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