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 8 to 10 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 between the US and Alaska
  • Include Southwest Airlines travel vouchers to cover the cost of most travel within the continental US
  • Cost $3000 per participant 

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:

  • Chugach National Forest, Alaska

    June 19th through July 17th
    Four weeks
    Pre-requisites: Enthusiasm; ability and willingness to work hard
    Application Code: PO-00699621
    Tuition Cost: $3000
    Travel Vouchers: Southwest Airlines travel vouchers available to cover the cost of flights within the continental US. Financial aid funds available to support the cost of travel between the continental US and Alaska. 
    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. 

  • SCA NatureBridge Science Exploration Crew 1

    Olympic National Park, WA
    July 2nd through July 21st
    Three weeks
    Pre-requisites: Successful backcountry experience a plus
    Application Code: PO-00722746
    Tuition Cost: $3000
    Travel Vouchers: Southwest Airlines travel vouchers available to members to cover the cost of travel to and from the site
    Girls: 5 spots available
    Boys: 5 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 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!

  • 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
    Tuition Cost: $3000
    Travel Vouchers: Southwest Airlines travel vouchers available to members to cover the cost of flights within the continental US. Financial aid funds available to support the cost of travel between the continental US and Alaska.
    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.

  • Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

    July 10th through August 4th
    Four weeks
    Pre-requisites: Successful backcountry experience a plus; comfort with canoe and boat travel
    Application Code: PO-00722789
    Tuition Cost: $3000
    Travel Vouchers: Southwest Airlines travel vouchers available to members to partially cover the cost of travel to and from the site. The crew will meet up at a non-Southwest airport, so the candidate will be responsible for the cost of travel between the nearest Southwest airport and the Falls International Airport in International Falls, Minnesota. 
    Girls: 4 spots available
    Boys: 4 spots available


    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. 

  • SCA NatureBridge Science Exploration Crew 2

    Olympic National Park, WA
    July 30th through August 18th
    Three weeks
    Pre-requisites: Successful backcountry experience a plus
    Application Code: PO-00722748
    Tuition Cost: $3000
    Travel Vouchers: Southwest Airlines travel vouchers available to members to cover the cost of travel to and from the site
    Girls: 5 spots available
    Boys: 5 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!

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 and financial aid information
    • Southwest Airlines travel vouchers for any 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