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It was raining and the warm air was thick with hungry mosquitoes but the crew assigned to start construction on the bog bridge didn’t take notice. The large stump blocking the path would go. The muck in the bog would be removed. The sill beam had to be perfectly level. And the stringers must align neatly.

Great job SCA, crew and leaders! The new trail extension is almost done and a portion of an existing trail has been rerouted. Today, it’s onto the bog bridge, weather permitting.

The Florida National Scenic Trail is more than 1,400 miles long, extends the length of the state, connects Florida wilderness areas and unique habitats, and provides low impact access to wildlife and amazing migrating birds.

By the year 2013, 36 U.S. states are expected to face serious water shortages.

All Corps Retreat took place at Camp Long in West Seattle from Saturday, January 8 to Sunday, January 9, 2011 and was attended by 47 youth and 8 staff. Students participated in a service project, led team-building games, had small group time, did leadership activities, and put on a student run panel about future conservation opportunities.

View the slideshowLOCATION: Last Organic Outpost, Emile Street Community FarmDATE & TIME: Friday, October 29, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PMEVENT RECAP: 45 Yes Prep students, along with teachers, chaperones and SCA staff visited Last Organic Outpost’s Emile Street Community Farm in Houston’s 5th Ward. This was both a service project and a great learning experience for the students.

LOCATION: South Side Park DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 23, 10am-3pmEVENT RECAP: 12 CLC students, 7 staff and former crew leaders, and 11 neighborhood volunteers attended what turned out to be a sunshine and energy-filled workday in South Side Park in Pittsburgh’s South Side Slopes neighborhood.

Give A Gift That Gives Back!With the purchase of one of these 100% organic pillow covers - “Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute” PBteen donates $5 to SCA.

LOCATION: Fort Dupont National Park DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 16, 8am-3pmEVENT RECAP: A great turnout and a high energy level resulted in an amazing amount of work completed in just a few hours time.

Rouge Park Mountain Bike Trail, Detroit, MISunday, October 3, 10am-2pmEVENT RECAP: Event was a huge success with approximately 30 participants from SCA, the Michigan Mountain Bike Association and the Hub (a local community bike shop in Detroit)! The location was at Rouge Park’s Mountain Bike trail, a two-mile loop along the Rouge River in Northwest Detroit.

Watch veteran SCA crewleader Dan Eldridge use a zip line to get back and forth between 2 crews in Denali National Park in August.