I learned of this from a Buckeye District publication just today. This opportunity may not be local and it certainly comes with little advance warning. Despite those two flaws, this may be an excellent opportunity for Boy Scouts and Venturers to do something a little different this summer, enjoy the great outdoors, get public service hours for scouting and/or school and make a little cash all at the same time.
The YCC experience allows 28 enrollees and staff the opportunity to learn, work, and recreate in Yellowstone National Park. The program is challenging, educational, and fun, and offers participants opportunities to expand their horizons while building skills that will benefit them for a lifetime. No previous wilderness experience is required, but a willingness and ability to work in a physically active outdoor program, get along well with others, and maintain a positive attitude are essential for success.
Teen enrollees will be selected from across the country to participate in this summer program. Enrollees will work 40 hours a week and receive the federal minimum wage ($7.25/hour) with daily deductions for room, board, and laundry facilities (~$10/day). Healthy food options will be provided by the YCC Cook or prepared by staff and youth while camping. While this diet might be different than what you are used to, the goal is to provide highly nutritious, healthy meals to sustain youth during a work program.
YCC participants will work in a variety of weather and terrain conditions while completing projects which may include: fence and bench building; trail construction and/or maintenance; general maintenance work; painting/staining; exotic plant control; and working with the visiting public.
Some projects will take place in remote backcountry locations within Yellowstone, requiring work crews to camp out for up to five days. When crews are based in the front country, they will either camp or stay at the YCC camp near Mammoth Hot Springs which provides dormitory facilities and a large dining hall for meals and meetings.
A link to the National Park Service site: