Beyond SCA’s substantial environmental impact, research shows that as we build conservation leaders we also build thriving youth.

From a stewardship perspective, SCA programs are designed to activate and amplify eight inter-related elements of what we call the SCA Conservation Leadership Index (CLI)TM.  These include:

  • Conservation Awareness
  • Comfort in the Outdoors
  • Connection with Nature
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Critical Ecological Analysis
  • Sustainability Behaviors 
  • Demonstrable Leadership
  • Green Career Exploration

As they emerge from their experience, SCA members score higher in all eight areas of the CLI and exhibit measurable increases in their conservation commitment and practices.

At the same time, studies by Search Institute, an international authority on what youth need to succeed, reveal that the SCA experience also strengthens numerous life skills that are crucial to prospering in school, work and at home.  These include:

  • Emotional Competence
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Planning and Decision-Making
  • Altruism
  • Self-Awareness
  • Initiative
  • Perseverance

SCA-generated improvements in these developmental components result in a thriving mindset marked by a propensity to think, feel and act in ways that fuel continuous growth and optimal advancement.

These enrichments are rarely generated across such a broad leadership spectrum, and illustrate the powerful and distinctive impact of SCA programs. SCA truly does transform both lands and lives.

  1. More information about the recent Youth Outcomes Study is available here.
  2. See Search Institute’s summary of their findings here.