Trail Corps

SCA Trails Corps do the dirty work. Steeped in the rich tradition of wilderness trail workers, teams of SCA corps members construct, repair, maintain, and restore access corridors across the country. Trails teams also survey trail locations and conditions utilizing both GIS and manual data collection techniques.

The SCA Trails Corps teams work in small groups, led by an experienced trails leader. Work projects often are in wilderness areas and are constructed utilizing hand tools. Trails teams analyze, plan, and complete various trail projects including maintenance and clearing, construction of erosion prevention structures, and construction of steps, walkways, and bridges in timber or rock. Trails Inventory and Assessment Teams train in use of advanced GPS and Geographic Information System (GIS) technology including data gathering, quality control, and analysis. Members travel in pairs to remote sites to collect trail data.

Members receive weekly living allowances. Housing and field-based meals are provided, but positions may require camping in the field for a significant portion of the program.

Trainings Offered: 

  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Crosscut Saw Operation
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
  • Trails Work Skills
  • Backcountry Cooking
  • Trails Assessment
  • Data Collection (if applicable)

Eligibility Requirements: 

Members must be at least 18 years of age and pass a background check. Other requirements vary by position


Related Posts & Program Information

Even though it seems like it just began, the 2012 FWS Trails Inventory, or “FishTrACS” as it has become more commonly known, has come to a close. Members went their seperate ways in November, and Alex Olsen and Tyler Lobdell, the management staff, have moved on to other projsects.

But the good news is that this year was a great success.

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Summer ended with a full work schedule in the month of September! I worked with my fellow River Town Outreach Corps members tackle invasive and messy plant life along the 5.5 miles of the Greene River Trail between Rices Landing and Fredericktown. We also spent an afternoon on the Lock Wall in Rices Landing, scraping and re-painting the stage building in preparation for the 2013 RiverFest.

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This month started off with a real Blast. September 1 & 2 were the dates of Greensboro’s Seventh Annual Art Blast on the Mon. It is a two day arts and music festival and a really great opportunity to mix art, music, and history. There were artists of all stripes present, from professionals to school age children, and everyone in between.

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September has been a very busy month with the River Town Outreach Corps. We had Art Blast in Greensboro at the beginning of the month. This was a fun event. I was in charge of manning the log cabin where we had historical items from all of our towns on display.

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This month started off with Art Blast on Labor Day weekend in Greensboro an ended with FestiFall in Point Marion. At Art Blast Ryan and I helped to man one of the craft tables for kids and at FestiFall we gave guided hikes throughout the grounds of Friendship Hill National Park.

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