SCA crew members will work on building trails and other restoration projects in national, state or local parks. While working on the crew, participants live on site in tents, cook their own meals and get to explore local outdoor recreation opportunities on non-work days.

After working with the SCA, program participants emerge with increased environmental awareness, social responsibility and leadership skills. Joining our National Conservation Crews also sets you on the path to experience other SCA opportunities, including individual internships and team-based conservation corps positions.

2024 National Crew

The 2024 Appalachian Trail National Crew will be made up of five to six high school students and two adult SCA Crew Leaders. This year’s crew will be located in ME, will be in the field for four weeks, and will be installing stone steps and performing trail work. This team will be camping throughout the duration of their time in the field.

National Crew Participation Costs:

  • Transportation to and from the site*
  • Any required personal gear (i.e. work boots, backpack, sleeping bag)

National Crews:

  • Include 6 to 8 high school-aged members per crew
  • Serve 2 to 5 weeks in the summer
  • Are supervised by two experienced adult leaders
  • Are usually volunteer positions
  • Have highly competitive admissions

National Crew Members:

  • Complete trail maintenance and restoration projects in national, regional, state, or local parks
  • Live in tents** on-site and cook their own meals
  • Develop collaboration and leadership skills
  • Work with other high school students from across the country
  • Learn about local wildlife and help to preserve vital habitats
  • Learn practical outdoor skills and practice Leave No Trace
  • Explore local outdoor recreational opportunities with their crew on non-work days

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Is 15 to 19 years old on the start date of the crew
  • Is a current high school student, including graduating seniors
  • Demonstrates leadership skills and/or responsibility
  • Participates with extracurricular groups or volunteer organizations
  • Likes working with people
  • Enjoys spending time outdoors
  • Wants to learn more about ecology or environmental topics

2024 National Crew Program Dates

  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
  • First round of offers will be sent by March 29, 2024.
  • All offers will be sent by April 30, 2024.

How to Apply:

Learn more and apply here.

Questions about National Crews?

* National Crew members are eligible for travel support. Travel support is needs-based and is calculated using financial information provided by the member’s parent/guardian. Members will receive a travel support application when they are assigned to a crew.

**Occasionally, crews will live in dormitory-style housing.

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SCA crew member with tool