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Student Conservation Association's Community Crews like this one in Camden NJ, bring environmental stewardship to underserved communities

Be honest: when you think of Camden, New Jersey, a certain image comes to mind – and it probably doesn’t include local teens cultivating a community garden.

But had you visited the Beckett Street Urban Farm last summer, you would have seen teams of SCA members raising peppers, cucumbers, kale and more.  Ostensibly, their objective was to grow affordable vegetables for area schools and families; in reality, crew members concede they had an ulterior motive.

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C.J. Goulding, SCA Alumnus

In August, more than 50 people came together on Washington’s Bainbridge Island for the Children & Nature Network’s Natural Leaders Legacy Camp, held at the Islandwood campus.

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Alaska Community Crew Members

Working outdoors was an easy sell for Zimmerman, but she says being a part of the Student Conservation Association has pushed her to do more, like being a leader and taking on responsibility.

“I kind of feel like I’ve gone from being a younger girl to being a lady,” says Zimmerman. “It’s amazing what I’m learning from these people and it makes me think, ‘Man, when I’m their age I want to be able to have done the things they’ve done.’ So I’m super excited to see where my career is going to go within the next few years…”

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Parents Corner

Your child is about to embark on a life-changing experience, where they will have the opportunity to meet new friends, explore potential careers, gain leadership skills, and accomplish hands-on conservation work that will have a lasting impact on the planet.