Service camps for teens gain in popularity


Washington Post on SCA’s Service Opportunities for Youth.

…Adam Young, 16, a student at Woodrow Wilson High School in the District, was on the hunt for ways to fulfill his community service requirement, “but I wanted to do it in a fun way,” he said.

Adam was intrigued by the prospect of working with the Student Conservation Association, a national nonprofit group focused on environmental preservation. So, last summer, Adam joined a crew organized by the conservation association and spent five weeks helping restore Fort Dupont Park in the District by installing a drainage system to prevent pooling water and clearing invasive plant species.

“You meet so many new people . . . and when you’re done with the work, you feel super satisfied, and that’s an awesome feeling,” Adam said.

The conservation association has had a steady rise in applications for summer crew positions over the past five years, said Kevin Hamilton, vice president of communications for the organization.

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Service camps for teens gain in popularity

Student Conservation Association