For many donors and program alumni, the introduction to SCA is often made by someone important in their lives— a teacher, a relative, family friends. But, for two-time SCA alumna, SCA parent, and donor Ellen Tohn, it was simple serendipity.
Louise Shelley of Washington, DC, is a generous SCA contributor who also donates her time, contacts, and considerable energy to advancing the cause of youth conservation service right in her own neighborhood – literally. Louise’s magniﬁcent backyard garden is a stone’s throw away from the Battery Kemble unit of Washington DC’s Rock Creek Park.
“My mom stimulated our love of nature,” says Kim Medley, a professor of geography at Miami University of Ohio. “I have so many memories of amazing family camping trips and how happy we were on them.”
So it wasn’t much of a surprise in 1977 when Kim, then a college sophomore, took an SCA internship as a backcountry ranger at Olympic National Park. “The ﬁrst time in I thought I was going to die! Ten days of supplies – it was a haul,” she recalls.
Charley Dickey began his path with SCA as a high school volunteer serving at Olympic National Park in 1965. Today, almost ﬁfty years later, Mr. Dickey is a longstanding member of SCA’s Board of Directors, chairing SCA’s Board Development Committee and co-Chairing SCA’s $25 million campaign to expand its reach and restructure the delivery of its programs.
A key part of the SCA member experience is learning about conservation ethics, citizenship and being of service. But what happens after the SCA hitch, that summer of service or that awesome internship?