Youth Corps Camping
NYC Youth Corps Camping programs combine education, job skill training with outdoor adventure for ages 16 to 18*. Under staff supervision, youth crew members work on conservation, reforestation, and recreation projects, and learn valuable lessons of teamwork and responsibility. Crews camp in the field for several weeks, traveling from project to project. Youth gain a sense of pride that comes with hard work and a job well done. Through education, youth learn to respect and protect the environment in which they live.
Youth Corps Camping programs have tuition ranging from $50 to $225. Tuition assistance is available to help cover most of these costs. Tuition Assistance is awarded based on a families' size and monthly income and we are determined to not make tuition a barrier for our programs so please contact us with any questions.
Youth Corps Camping participants earn an education stipend for their participation and can also earn bonuses. Both the stipend and bonus is paid in the form of a check made out to the participant which they can use as they wish. The base stipend is $300 a week which equals:
- $1,500 for Five-week programs
- $1,800 for Six-week programs
In addition to the base stipend, participants have the opportunity to earn up to $50 in bonuses a week (also part of the education stipend) for safety, dependability, and completing the program. Bonuses are paid upon completion of the program session.
- Completion Bonus: $20/week for finishing the session
- Dependability Bonus: $20/week for completing all the hours scheduled for your crew
- Safety Bonus: $10/week for a perfect safety record at the end of the session
Food costs ($66.50/week) will be deducted from stipend.
Participants leaving the program before the graduation date will receive a prorated portion of this stipend, calculated to the nearest full day of work, but will forfeit all bonuses.
NYC participants are required to provide their own transportation to and from their orientation and graduation for their specific program. In the event that a participant chooses to leave prior to completion, is asked to leave or is unable to complete the program for any reason, they are still required to provide and fund their transportation home. In the event circumstances require NYC to provide and/or pay for a participant’s transportation home for any reason, the participant and his/her family agree to reimburse NYC, upon demand, for all expenses it incurs.
To apply for a program, please read the description of the program, check the schedule to make sure that you are free for the entire period of the program, and then complete the application and the additional paperwork (either online or print it off and mail/fax it to Northwest Youth Corps). Once a youth is offered a position into our program they will be required to 1. Call and confirm their position and 2. Either pay the full tuition or pay at least 25% of the tuition and set up a payment plan to pay the remaining tuition in full before the program starts.
If you are interested in our available programs, please view the program schedule
Northwest Youth Corps offers Backcountry Leadership and Leadership Development programs for returning corpsmembers desiring new challenges. Crewmembers are encouraged to discover and master different leadership techniques while developing a leadership style that is effective for them.
YCCamping session overviews
Sessions open for all applicants to apply for:
Spring / Fall Sessions Summer Sessions American Sign Language Inclusion Sessions
The following Sessions are only for Alumni who have received a recommendation for BLP or Swamper from a prior YCCamping Session:
Backcountry Leadership Progam Peer Leaders (Swampers)
|Spring||April 14 - May 19||$50|
|South 1||June 9 - July 21||$225|
|South 2||June 16 - July 21||$225|
|South 3||July 28 - Sept. 1||$225|
|South 4||July 28 - Sept. 1||$225|
|North 1 and ASL Inclusion Crew 1||June 16 - July 21||$225|
|BLP 1||June 16 - July 21||$225|
|North 2 and ASL Inclusion Crew 2||July 28 - Sept. 1||$225|
|Idaho Programs||see IdahoCC.org|
|LGBTQ Inclusion Crew||July 28 - Sept. 1||TBD|
|BLP 2||July 28 - Sept. 1||$225|
|Fall||Sept 15 - Oct 27||$50|
* Tuition assistance is available based on need. We do not want tuition cost to be a barrier for anyone.