Tuition Crews

Crew members using cross cut saw to cut fallen log.

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

2018 Tuition Crew Locations:

Chugach National Forest Cordova Crew, Alaska

  • Dates: June 18 to July 16 (4 weeks)
  • Pre-requisites: Enthusiasm, ability and willingness to work hard
  • Application Code: PO-00725339
  • Boys: 4
  • Girls: 4
  • This crew is based out of Cordova, Alaska. Cordova is a small town located near the mouth of the Copper River on the east side of Prince William Sound. The crew will arrive in Cordova on June 18th. They will be based out of the 13 mile campground and travel daily to the worksite on the Ibeck Creek trail performing streambank restoration. The crew will spend 4 days participating in community work days at Eyak Lake, Hansen Creek, and Shelter Cove as well as doing invasive species removal. The crew will also volunteer and participate in the annual Salmon Jam festival at the end of their crew. The crew will depart from the Cordova Airport on July 16th. 

SCA-NatureBridge Science Exploration Crew 1, Olympic National Park, Washington

  • Dates: July 1 to July 20 (3 weeks)
  • Pre-requisites: Successful backpacking experience; ability to hike 3 to 10 miles per day on sandy beach terrain
  • Application Code: PO-00725512
  • Boys: 5
  • Girls: 5
  • The SCA - NatureBridge Marine Science Exploration Crew is focused on Leadership, Service, and Scientific Research.  While participating on this crew members can expect to challenge themselves both physically and mentally.  There will be opportunities to apply learned skills navigating rugged coastline, work hard monitoring and removing marine debris on foot, and apply scientific methods to research questions inspired by the unique coastal ecosystem within Olympic National Park. Days will be long, but rewarding, and the crew may encounter inclement weather throughout the trip.  Particpants could see anywhere between 3 to 10 miles of arduous coastal backpacking and should expect to pack gear and food to a new campsite every day.  This program will be great for a budding scientist and help participants take steps towards being leaders in the conservation field. An alternative packing list will be provided. 

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

  • Dates: July 15 to August 12 (4 weeks) - NEW DATES
  • Pre-requisites: Successful experience in backcountry camping required; previous trail work experience preferred
  • Application Code: PO-00725333
  • Boys: 4
  • Girls: 4
  • This crew will assist the Rocky Trail Crew in construction, maintenance and improvements of park trails on the West side of the Park. The crew will install rock and log trail structures such as waterbars, retainer bars, culverts, turnpikes, retaining walls and bridges. The crew will maintain park trails by brushing trail corridor, maintaining and cleaning water diversion structures, removing trail berm and removing down trees from the trail. The team will work closely with and under the guidance of the National Park Service Trail Crew staff.

SCA-NatureBridge Science Exploration Crew 2, Olympic National Park, Washington

  • Dates: July 29 to August 17 (3 weeks)
  • Pre-requisites: Successful backpacking experience; ability to hike 3 to 10 miles per day on sandy beach terrain
  • Application Code: PO-00725511
  • Boys: 5
  • Girls: 5
  • The SCA - NatureBridge Marine Science Exploration Crew is focused on Leadership, Service, and Scientific Research.  While participating on this crew members can expect to challenge themselves both physically and mentally.  There will be opportunities to apply learned skills navigating rugged coastline, work hard monitoring and removing marine debris on foot, and apply scientific methods to research questions inspired by the unique coastal ecosystem within Olympic National Park. Days will be long, but rewarding, and the crew may encounter inclement weather throughout the trip.  Particpants could see anywhere between 3 to 10 miles of arduous coastal backpacking and should expect to pack gear and food to a new campsite every day.  This program will be great for a budding scientist and help participants take steps towards being leaders in the conservation field. An alternative packing list will be provided. 

How to apply:

  1. Complete an SCA National/Regional Crew Application
  2. 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