Tuition Crews

“I learned a lot about myself through participating in activities outside of my comfort zone. This backpacking trip sparked a confidence that I didn’t know I had inside of me. The night of our last trash haul and last night in the backcountry, we learned that as a team, 831 lbs of trash had been collected. I remember sitting on Shi Shi beach under the most beautiful stars I’ve ever seen watching the campfire and feeling more accomplished and connected to nature than I ever have.”  - 2018 NatureBridge Tuition Crew Member

Looking for an amazing summer experience to take your conservation and leadership skills to the next level and have a ton of fun? SCA Tuition Crews may be for you!

Tuition Crews:

  • Cost $3000 per participant
  • Include 8 to 10 high school aged members per crew
  • Duration 3 to 5 weeks in the summer
  • Are supervised by two experienced adult leaders
  • Choose from spectacular locations
  • Complete conservation projects

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Is 15 to 18 years old on the start date of the crew
  • 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 (varies by position)
  • Is interested in building their skills in teamwork, leadership and problem solving

2019 Tuition Crew Locations:

Check back here for 2019 updates! 

How to apply:

  1. Complete an SCA National/Regional Crew Application
  2. On the Home Page in your MySCA portal, enter the Application Code(s) above for your top-choice location(s)
  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 information
    • Location information for planning your travel to the site
  • Candidates who are not selected will be informed via email

SCA Tuition Crew Refund Policy

If the participant withdraws from the position after a payment has been made, you (the adult participant or guardian of the participant) must notify SCA via email at [email protected] to request a refund. You will receive an email message from SCA confirming receipt of your refund request. For all Tuition crews in any location, if you cancel or leave for any reason: 

  • 30 calendar days or more prior to the program start date, SCA will issue a full refund to the participant
  • Between 15 and 29 calendar days prior to the program start date, SCA will retain 25 percent of the program tuition
  • Between 8 and 14 calendar days prior to the program start date, SCA will retain 50 percent of the program tuition
  • Less than 8 calendar days prior to the program start date or after the program has begun, there will be no refunds