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.

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Welcome to SCA’s new website! Take a look around and let us know what you think by leaving a comment on this blog post.What do you like? What would you change? What’s missing?We want to hear from you!P.S… While you’re here, make sure you sign up to receive Hands On, our monthly electronic newsletter.  It’s the best way to stay up-to-date with SCA!

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This month marks SCA’s 55th Anniversary. To date, SCA has engaged nearly 70,000 young people in conservation internships and jobs, resulting in more than 30 million hours of service on federal, state, and local lands. Two-thirds of SCA alumni remain active in conservation.

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Our “before” picture on the social trail

Having been on two SCA trail crews, I usually associate SCA with trail construction (I spent the past two summers on high school crews building trails at Delaware Water Gap in Pennsylvania and Denali Alaska.) But today, my first full day with SCA’s alternate spring break crew in Everglades National Park, I did the opposite - I made a trail disappear.

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Howdy! My name is Kayla Morain and I am a Visitor Services intern stationed at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, part of the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex! Cameron Prairie is just one of the four refuges here in Southwest Louisiana.

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Last week wrapped up Alternative Spring Break in the Everglades. Be sure to check out Teresa’s blogs and follow her adventures with wildlife and restoration projects.

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Here we are the SCA International Crew, working on parks in British Columbia and Washington state. Our first blog will be an introduction to our crew.

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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.

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by Chelsea Woodworth, August 17, 2009“Dad, do you remember where Chelsea is going?” my father asked my 85 year old grandfather.  He seemed unreachable, staring at the nursing home window.  Then, he turned and looked directly at me with his old familiar smile and he said with great assurance, “ANWR!”

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I’m already 7 months into my fellowship and time has flown. A year ago, I never would have pictured myself living in a National Forest in Florida being a conservationist for the Student Conservation Association. I started this journey in Atlanta, Georgia after graduating with a major in recreation. I have always had a passion for recreation. I want to help everyone enjoy the great outdoors.

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Voyageurs National Park - June 2008 This is the thirteenth entry in our ongoing series, Photograph Fantastique, in which we count down 50 days until the Unofficial Official Start of High Season for conservation programs.

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Our hearts go out to the hundreds of thousands of other families who were not as fortunate. As recovery begins, please see the following links for more:Getting HelpThe Red Cross “Find Help” pageAfter Sandy: Resources to get back on trackHow to HelpDonate to Red CrossGive BloodThe White House - How to Help the Survivors of Hurricane SandySeven way to help online

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Written by April Hamblin, SCA ‘11 Yellowstone National Park, as part of the National Park Service Academy.

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“Stupendous.”
“Singularly stupendous.”
“Indeed, simply marvelous, sir.”
“Even though the rain put a dapper on the day, it was splendid nonetheless.”
“DAMPER, not dapper, you idiot.”
“Quit being such a nuisance.”

They call over to us as we cross the Exit Glacier parking lot. “Hey, are we a nuisance yet?”

I can’t help but burst out laughing at the YCCs.

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Here we are the SCA International Crew, working on parks in British Columbia and Washington state. Our first blog will be an introduction to our crew.

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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.

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Removing graffitti and restoring trails on spring break in the Grand Canyon. Thanks, American Eagle Outfitters, for making this possible.Help more SCA members preserve our land for generations to come. Donate now. Sign Up for News & Stories

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Hello Readers!

Welcome to my little space on the SCA’s Follow Me Blog. I am thrilled that I’ll be serving as your ASB reporter for the week, from the depths of Florida’s immense Big Cypress National Preserve.

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New Hampshire Conservation Corps members have spent the last several months teaching elementary school students about the environment in the Manchester Public Schools.

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This holiday, give a gift on behalf of conservation. Want a few reasons why? Here are 3 reasons why SCA should be the recipient of your year-end giving. Don’t just take it from us; take it from these three these valuable sources.1. REI says SCA is worth it. That’s right. REI’s flagship Seattle store has made SCA it’s sole recipient of this year’s holiday giving tree.

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