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?

Tuition Crews:

  • Cost $3000 per participant
  • Include 8 to 10 high school aged members per crew
  • Duration 3 to 4 weeks in the summer
  • Are supervised by two experienced adult leaders
  • Choose from 6 spectacular locations
  • Complete conservation projects
  • Receive a Southwest Airlines travel voucher for travel to site location if desired*

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
  • Is interested to build their skills in teamwork, leadership and problem solving

2017 Tuition Crew Locations:

SCA NatureBridge Science Exploration Crew 1

  • Location: Olympic National Park, WA
  • Date: July 2nd - July 21st (3 weeks)
  • Pre-requisites: Successful backcountry experience a plus
  • Application Code: PO-00722746
  • CREW FULL
  • Participants on this crew can expect to challenge themselves both physically and mentally throughout the program. Crew members will backpack down the Olympic Coast learning skills to navigate the rugged coastline, working hard to monitor and remove marine debris on foot, and applying scientific methods to research questions inspired by the unique coastal ecosystems within Olympic National Park. The crew may encounter inclement weather and days will be long, but rewarding. This position is great for budding scientists!

Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

  • Dates: July 10th - August 4th (4 weeks)
  • Pre-requisites: Successful backcountry experience a plus; comfort with canoe and boat travel
  • Application Code: PO-00722789
  • 4 spots available
  • Travel Logistics: The crew will meet up at a non-Southwest airport, so crew members will be responsible for arriving at Falls International Airport in International Falls, Minnesota. This crew will be based at Woodenfrog Campground on Kabetogama Lake. From there, they’ll travel by foot, vehicle or boat to work sites throughout the park. The crew is tasked with rehabilitating 12 miles of the Kab-Ash trail system, including removing blown down trees and encroaching vegetation, repairing sections of wooden board walk, water bars and tread surface, repairing rock cairns and replacing damaged signs. Candidates should be ready for a backcountry experience and should be comfortable with canoe travel.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

  • Date: July 17th - August 13th (4 weeks)
  • Pre-requisites: Successful experience in backcountry camping required; previous trail work experience preferred
  • Application Code: PO00723257
  • 2 spots available
  • This crew will live deep in the backcountry and work closely with National Park Service Trail Crew staff on construction, improvements and maintenance of park trails on the West side of the park. The crew will install rock and log trail structures such as water bars, retainer bars, turn pikes, retaining walls and bridges, and will maintain park trails by brushing trail corridor, maintaining and cleaning water diversion structures, removing trail berm and removing down trees from the trail.

SCA NatureBridge Science Exploration Crew 2

  • Location: Olympic National Park, WA
  • Date: July 30th - August 18th (3 weeks)
  • Pre-requisites: Successful backcountry experience a plus
  • Application Code: PO-00722748
  • 2 spots available
  • Participants on this crew can expect to challenge themselves both physically and mentally throughout the program. Crew members will backpack down the Olympic Peninsula learning navigational skills, conducting conservation service work in terrestrial and/or coastal ecosystems and applying scientific methods to research questions inspired by the unique ecosystems within Olympic National Park and nearby Olympic National Forest. The crew may encounter inclement weather and days will be long, but rewarding. This position is great for budding scientists!

Chugach National Forest, Alaska

  • Date: June 19th - July 17th (4 weeks)
  • Pre-requisites: Enthusiasm; ability and willingness to work hard
  • Application Code: PO-00699621
  • CREW FULL
  • 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

  • Date: July 4th - August 2nd (4 weeks)
  • Pre-requisites: Successful experience camping for multiple consecutive days; successful experience with manual labor
  • Application Code: PO-00722512
  • CREW FULL
  • 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.

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
    • Southwest Airlines travel vouchers for travel within the continental US
    • 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

*Based on Southwest requirements, participants must be legal U.S. residents to be eligible to receive Southwest vouchers. Full travel vouchers available only to members travelling in the contiguous United States.

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