Tuition Crews

Crew members using cross cut saw to cut fallen log.
Are you ready to take your conservation and leadership skills to the next level? 

Tuition Crew Members:

  • Choose where they want to serve
  • Complete important conservation service projects
  • Build skills in teamwork, leadership, and problem solving

Tuition Crews:

  • Include 6 to 8 high school aged members per crew
  • Serve 3 to 4 weeks in the summer
  • Are supervised by two experienced adult leaders
  • Offer scholarships to support the cost of tuition and the cost of travel to the site
  • Cost $2750 to $3000 per participant (see crew details below for the tuition cost for each crew)

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Is 15 to 19 years old on the start date of the crew
  • Is a current high school student, or is graduating this spring
  • Is committed to the mental and physical effort needed to learn new skills in a demanding environment
  • Has the pre-requisite skills in camping and conservation work required for a specific position 

2017 Tuition Crews:

Check back soon for crew dates, position codes, and details about location, work projects and pre-requisites. 

  • Chugach National Forest, Alaska
    June 19th through July 17th
    Four weeks
    Pre-requisites: Enthusiasm; ability and willingness to work hard
    Application Code: PO-00699621
    Girls: 4 spots available
    Boys: 4 spots available

    Crew members will meet up with their leaders in Cordova, Alaska. The crew will set up camp at the 13 Mile Campground and travel daily to their worksite on the Ibeck Creek Trail to perform stream bank restoration. The crew will also spend 4 days participating in community work days at Eyak Lake, Hansen Creek, and Shelter Cove and will volunteer at the annual Salmon Jam festival at the end of the crew. 

  • Denali National Park, Alaska
    July 5th through August 2nd
    Four weeks
    Pre-requisites: Successful experience camping for multiple consecutive days; successful experience with manual labor
    Application Code: PO-00722512
    Girls: 4 spots available 
    Boys: 4 spots available

    This crew will have the amazing opportunity to call the Riley Creek Campground home for four weeks. Participants should be prepared for an intensive camp and work experience. The project includes construction of a new trail and rehabilitation of social trails in Denali National Park. The crew will use a variety of hand tools typical of trail construction to remove tundra from trail corridor and replant tundra around newly constructed visitor areas.

  • SCA NatureBridge Science Exploration Crew 1
    Olympic National Park, WA
    More details coming soon!

  • SCA NatureBridge Science Exploration Crew 2
    Olympic National Park, WA
    More details coming soon!

How to apply:

  1. Complete an SCA National/Regional Crew Application
  2. Enter the Application Code(s) above for your top-choice location(s). (Application codes have not been posted yet. Check back soon!)
  3. Make sure that you meet the pre-requisites for the position(s) you are applying for.

Admissions Process

  • 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
    • Member Handbook Acknowledgment Form
    • Tuition payment and financial aid information
    • Location information for planning your travel to the site
  • Candidates who are not selected will be informed via email