From Kenai Fjords National Park to the Blue Ridge Parkway, from Rocky Mountain National Park to the Cumberland Island National Seashore, public lands across the United States are in need of a little TLC. SCA’s National Crews offer you a chance to visit places you’ve never seen before, camping with your crew members in the ﬁeld to enjoy nature at its best. You’ll be building trails, conserving vital habitats, and protecting natural resources for future generations. National Crews will also set you on the path to other SCA opportunities, like Trail Corps and Conservation Internships.
- Applicants must be ages 15-19
- Applicants must be current high school students, or must have graduated from high school the semester directly before their summer crew
- Crews include 6 to 8 teenagers
- Crews serve in the ﬁeld for 3 to 5 weeks in the summer
- Each crew is supervised by two experienced adult leaders
- Members live in tents on site and cook their own meals
- National Crews are tuition-free; all living costs are covered
As a member of a National Crew you can:
- Spend 3 to 5 weeks in the ﬁeld completing trail maintenance and site restoration projects in national, regional, state, or local parks
- Develop collaboration and leadership skills while working with other high school students from across the country
- Learn about local wildlife and help to preserve vital habitats
- Practice Leave No Trace camping and learn practical outdoor skills
- Take an outdoor adventure trip with your crew at the end of your program
SCA National Crews generally run during 3 tracks in the summer. For 2014, the crews start on the following dates:
Sometimes crews start earlier in June, so if you’re available then, be sure to note it on your application.