The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is known throughout the Four Corners Region for the opportunities it offers youth, young adults and veterans in environmental service and job skills training. SCC’s Four Corners site, based in Durango, is gearing up for its Summer 2012 Youth Programs, which will introduce youth, ages 12-18, to the conservation and enjoyment of public and community outdoor spaces.
Summer 2012 Youth Programs at SCC Four Corners will combine experiential education, recreation and service projects to engage youth in their environment and community. In past summers, youth crew accomplishments have ranged from trail building, to tree planting and habitat improvement, from structural improvement to gardening and farming.
This year, SCC’s High School Camping Crews for youth ages 16-18 will embark on four-week long service programs during the months of June and July. The Youth Community Corps, for youth ages 12-15, will take part in week-long, local day programs.
Community Corps members will gain an understanding about a local environmental issue by working with crew and community leaders to improve an aspect of the outdoors in their community.
With SCC, youth have the opportunity to explore the natural and cultural assets of their surroundings, and gain service hours, and teamwork experience preserving these assets. High School Camping Crews also receive a $580 award upon completion of their four-week program.
Spots are still open for youth who are interested in the outdoors and enthusiastic about investing time and energy into service learning. Registration for the Youth Community Corps is on a first-come, first-serve basis by session. High School Camping Crews are selected through an application/interview process. Get more information and apply on-line at www.sccorps.org.
High School Camping Crews (16-18, must be in high school next year), session 1 will run June 4-July 2, and session 2 is scheduled for July 9-August 3. The meeting point for crews is SCC Four Corners, 701 Camino del Rio, Ste 101, Durango, Colo.
Youth Community Corps (12-15), session 1, “The San Juan River Watershed,”is scheduled for July 9-13 in Pagosa Springs. Session 2, “The Animas River Watershed,” will run July 16-20 in Durango. Session 3, “Local Food & Sustainable Agriculture”is set for July 23-27, in Durango.
Southwest Conservation Corps engages a diverse group of young men and women and completes important conservation projects on public lands. Founded in 1998 to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, SCC’s employment and educational projects are sponsored primarily by land management agencies and municipalities throughout the southwest region of the U.S. The organization is headquartered in Durango with locations in Salida, Tucson, Ariz. and Acoma Pueblo, N.M. For more information, visit www.sccorps.org.