Virginia’s Youth Conservation Corps program accepting crew applications

Applications are being accepted through April 14 for two three-week summer sessions of the Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps (YCC), running June 22-July 12 and July 20-Aug. 9. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will notify selected participants via email by May 1.

Teams of eight to 10 participants will be chosen from current high school students between the ages of 14 and 17 (must be 14 by June 1), and must demonstrate an interest in protecting Virginia’s environment. While no prior experience is necessary, much of the work takes place outside, and the service is physically demanding.

YCC crew members are provided room, board, T-shirts and equipment, as well as a $500 stipend at the end of the program. Some of the projects include assorted park projects, such as improving wildlife and fisheries habitats, trail and campground construction and restoration, timber and shoreline improvement and landscape beautification.

The YCC is modeled after the federal service program AmeriCorps and the depression era Civilian Conservation Corps that built the original six Virginia State Parks.

For more information about YCC, visit dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/youth-conservation-corps.shtml, call 703-583-5497 or email vspycc@dcr.virginia.gov.

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