FAQ - Community Crews

Community Crew FAQ

How do I update my online application?

  1. Login to MySCA and click on the green “Manage Application” button on your Home page
  2. Update your Basic Application and your Community Program Application
  3. Your updated information will be visible to all application reviewers as soon as you save it.

Is previous experience necessary?

No experience is necessary, just ample supplies of enthusiasm, a positive attitude, and a commitment to give it everything you’ve got. Keep in mind that a high comfort level with certain situations – such as working outside, interacting with wildlife, or making do without a cell phone – will likely result in an enhanced SCA experience.

How old do I have to be?

Community Crew members are usually between 15 and 19 years old. 14-year-olds may apply as long as they are currently in high school. 

Where do crews serve?

SCA places young people in city or state parks, forests, cultural sites, and urban green spaces such as gardens, playgrounds or vacant lots. The common thread among our sites is that they are all places in need of our conservation efforts!

Will I get paid? If so, how much?

Some Community programs provide a stipend or wage, while others are strictly volunteer community service. For specific information about the program nearest you, click on your city in the column to the right. 

What is required in the application?

The application for Community programs varies by city. In most cases, you will be asked to respond to short essay questions, share information about your skills and experience, and provide at least one reference. There is NO FEE to apply for Community programs. For specific details, click on your city in the column to the right.  

How do I access and complete the online application?

If you are new to SCA, login to the online application by clicking the “Apply Now” link in the upper right corner of this page. You will be prompted to create an account and then will be able to login and complete the application. 

If you already have a MySCA account, click on the “Member Login” link in the upper right corner and enter your username and password.

Click on your city in the column to the right to learn about specific application details for your location.

How do I apply to a different program?

SCA has a variety of programs for Youth (ages 15 to 19) and Young Adults (18+). The good news is that all SCA programs share the same SCA Basic application. Once you complete it for one program, you won’t have to do it again. To apply to a different program, just fill out the appropriate Program Application for the program you are interested in. 

Click here to learn which program is right for you. 

When you’re ready to apply, visit the Youth or Young Adult “How to Apply” pages to learn more.  

How do I adjust the availability dates on my application?

  1. Login to MySCA and click on the green “Manage Application” button on your Home page
  2. Open the Basic Application
  3. Update your dates in the Availability section of the Basic Application
  4. Click the “Update Contact Information” button to save your new dates

How can I update my email address?

  1. Login to MySCA and click on the green “Manage Application” button on your Home page
  2. Open the Basic Application
  3. Type in your new email address
  4. Click the “Update Contact Information” button to save your changes
  5. Updating your email will NOT change your username. To change your username, email [email protected]

What will I have to pay for?

Participants are usually responsible for paying commuting costs and for providing their own personal equipment (including a backpack/bag, long work pants such as jeans, and sturdy boots). Participants may have the option to borrow personal equipment from SCA. You will receive information about this option if you are selected to a position. SCA will supply all participants with work t-shirts, gloves, water bottles, and any group gear needed for recreation trips (including tents, cooking supplies, cook stoves, and fuel).

How qualified are the crew leaders?

All of our leaders are caring and dedicated outdoor professionals who have experience conducting youth programs and outdoor activities. They come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some are attending graduate school, while others are school teachers or year-round outdoor leaders. They are all 21 years of age or older and hold current first aid and CPR certifications. Crew leaders have primary responsibility for conducting all aspects of the Community Crew program, including meeting you at the daily pick up/drop off location, shopping for food, delivering education curriculum, coordinating work projects with partners and SCA staff, and conducting the program to ensure the emotional and physical wellbeing of all crew members.

Can I go on a crew with a friend?

Since Community crew members all come from the same region, it is very possible that you could end up on a crew with a friend or acquaintance. 


Can I serve outside of where I am from?

Community crews work close to home, giving members the chance to have an impact in their own community. If you are interested in travelling further afield, visit the SCA Youth Programs page to learn about Regional, National and Tuition Crew opportunities. 


What is a typical day like for a Summer Community crew?

A day can vary drastically by city but commonly crew members meet up by 8:00 AM at a designated meeting location and then travel together (by bus, van, or foot) to the work site. Crews work approximately eight hours – taking time out for lunch (your responsibility), breaks, games, or education activities. At the end of the day the crew heads back to the designated meeting location, where parents or public transportation take members home. 

I would like to know more about the recreation trips.

The outdoor recreation trips are all different and can sometimes include a service component. Some crew leaders have a plan in mind before the crew members arrive; others wait until they have a chance to observe their members’ interests or discuss the options with them. The trips range from backpacking for two or three days in the nearby area, to bike riding, canoe trips or horseback riding. Most recreation trips occur within 2-3 hours from the program city.

How do I get to my crew site?

You should use whatever method is the most feasible. In most cases, this will be public transportation or a parent dropping you off.

Can I bring my cell phone?

Members are not allowed to carry cell phones during project time. Members are encouraged to travel with a cell phone but are then required to hand them over to the leader for safe keeping. Crew leaders carry radios and/or cell phones for emergency use. Occasionally crew members may have the opportunity to use their phones during lunch or breaks. 

Where does SCA funding come from?

SCA Community Programs are funded from a variety of sources including local governments, workforce and public land agencies, foundations, corporations, local clubs and nonprofits organizations – and people like you.