Here's what SCA partners and participants have said about the impact of SCA programs.
SCA is not just about bringing young people into the parks. It's a real movement in America today.
Mary A. Bomar, Former Director, National Park Service
We all live on this fragile planet. We have been so blessed with this land, and if we don't take care of it, the consequences will be staggering.
Elizabeth Titus Putnam, SCA Founder
The National Park Service can't do without SCA. You're helping to preserve our cultural and natural resources, but you're also helping to teach leadership and how to be good citizens.
Fran Mainella, Former Director, National Park Service
I am not the same person I was just a few weeks ago. That’s what a month in the Mojave Desert will do to you. I learned so much out there. I think a lot more about what I’m doing and how my actions affect the world around me. I’m much more conservation-conscious now. I also returned home much more confident and aware of my own abilities.
Jessie Tamayo, 16, Dayton, NJ
From Acadia to Zion, the Student Conservation Association plays a vital role in preserving America's national parks and in providing a quality experience for visitors. Throughout my career with the National Park Service and especially during my service as Director, SCA's volunteers accomplished what no one else could do.
Bob Stanton, Former Director, National Park Service
As always, I have a strong positive impression of SCA. They provide a positive experience for volunteers and provide much-needed, much-appreciated staffing support for agencies. SCA is an important source of highly qualified, intelligent motivated young people.
Ranger Roger Derry, Minute Man National Historic Park