Youth Conservation Leadership Crews

Adding a new dimension to outdoor summer programs

Outdoor Certifications. Leadership skills. Hands-on Conservation.

SCA’s Conservation Leadership Crew is a fee-based, hands-on conservation service experience that adds an exciting new dimension to SCA’s National Crews. You will walk away with concrete outdoor skills certifications and a focused training on leadership, wilderness medicine, and outdoor education, all within SCA’s hallmark structure of giving back to mother nature through hands-on conservation service.

The Conservation Leadership Crew is an adventure of a lifetime - whether you’re exploring and conserving the pristine Alaskan countryside or putting in the miles on steep mountain trails, you’ll be taking your conservation goals to the next level and preparing to be a true conservation leader, all while making a difference in the great outdoors.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2015

Leadership Crews:

  • Include 8 teenagers per crew
  • Serve 3 to 4 weeks in the summer
  • Are supervised by two experienced adult leaders
  • Cost: $2750 for 3 week positions*, $3000 for 4 week positions*
  • Participants are also responsible for the cost of travel between their home and the crew location at the beginning and end of the program.*
  • Download the Flyer

Leadership Crew Members:

  • Complete trail maintenance and site restoration projects in national, regional, state, or local parks
  • Live in tents on site and cook their own meals
  • Complete a Leave No Trace Trainer Course and learn practical outdoor skills
  • Learn Wilderness Medicine Essentials
  • Build leadership, job development and life skills through:
    • Becoming “Leader of the Day”
    • Exploring leadership styles
    • Giving and receiving feedback with peers and leaders
  • Learn about local wildlife and help to preserve vital habitats
  • Participate in a 3 to 4 day recreation adventure trip with their crew

The ideal candidate:

  • Is 15 to 19 years old on the start date of the crew
  • Is a current high school student, or graduated from high school the semester directly before the summer crew
  • Demonstrates past leadership experience and is committed to building leadership skills
  • Participates with extracurricular groups or volunteer organizations
  • Likes working with people
  • Enjoys spending time outdoors
  • Wants to learn more about ecology or environmental topics

2015 Leadership Crew Program Dates

Candidates must be available for at least one of the date ranges listed below. Wider dates of availability increase your chances of being selected for a position.


Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

Track 4

3 Week Crew

6/8 – 6/28

6/15 – 7/5

7/13 – 8/2

7/27 –  8/16

4 Week Crew

6/8 – 7/5

6/15 – 7/12

7/13 – 8/9

7/27 – 8/23

2015 Leadership Crew Locations

Track 1

No Leadership Crews currently scheduled for Track 1

Track 2

  • Denali National Park
    June 15 to July 12 (4 weeks)
    Promo Code: PO-00646217
  • Voyageurs National Park
    June 15 to July 12 (4 weeks)
    Promo Code: PO-00631187 

Track 3

  • Grand Teton National Park
    July 13 to August 2 (3 weeks)
    Promo Code: PO-00661972
  • Lake Clark National Park and Preserve 
    July 20 to August 16 (4 weeks)
    Promo Code: PO-00643486
  • Olympic National Park: Marine Science Exploration Crew 
    July 21 to August 11 (3 weeks)
    Promo Code: PO-00621653
  • Rocky Mountain National Park 
    July 13 to August 9 (4 weeks)
    Promo Code: PO-00653459

Track 4

  • Yellowstone National Park - POSITION CANCELLED FOR 2015
    July 27 to August 23 (4 weeks)
    Promo Code: PO-00660536

How to apply:

  • Login to MySCA
  • Complete the online SCA application, including the Youth:Crews section
  • Pay the one-time $25 application fee if you are a new applicant
  • Write down the Promo Codes above for the positions that match your dates of availability and are of interest to you
  • Enter the Promo Codes on your Home Page in MySCA
  • Apply early!  SCA will be using a rolling admissions process.  This means that we will begin reviewing applications as soon as they come in.
  • Application Deadline: April 15, 2015
  • Your application must be complete by April 15th to be considered for the 2015 Leadership Crew program.

Admissions Process: March through April

  • Highly qualified candidates will be contacted to set up a phone interview
  • Selected candidates will receive an email offer with the dates and location of their position
  • You will have the opportunity to accept or decline the offer
  • If you accept, you will receive:
    • Medical Form
    • Conditions of Acceptance Form
    • Tuition payment information
    • Location information for planning your travel to the site
  • Candidates who are not selected will receive an email declining their participation, or inviting them to be placed on a waitlist

Questions about Leadership Crews?

* Leadership Crew members are eligible to receive financial aid toward the cost of travel or tuition for the Leadership Crew. Selected members will receive an application for financial aid.


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