LGBTQ Inclusion Crews

Join our LGBTQ Inclusion Crew: Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) has provided youth and young adults work opportunities in the great outdoors in a fun team-based learning environment that emphasizes personal growth and stewardship since 1984. This summer, NYC is partnering with the National Park Service to offer a program for youth and young adults who identify with the LGBTQ community the opportunity to learn, grow, and experience success. Crewmembers will learn valuable work and outdoor skills, create new friendships, learn more about the LGBTQ community and themselves, and make memories that will last a lifetime!



Youth Rainbow Conservation Crews are for ages 16-19 and take place in a setting which involves sleeping in tents, cooking on camp stoves for all meals, and has limited showers and flushable toilets. The crew will consist of 2 professional outdoor leaders and 8 crew members from diverse backgrounds and locations. 


The tuition to enter the program is $300 for the 5 week session. If the tuition is a financial challenge, the member/family may request a scholarship; a payment plan; or an advance on the stipend that the member will earn. It is Northwest Youth Corps goal that no interested student be prevented from participation due to lack of financial means. 

Participants earn $283 a week with uniform and rustic camping and food included which equals $1,415 for the five-weeks plus up to $50 in bonuses a week, equaling $1,665. Potential high school credit is also available.. Participants gain job skills and professional references needed to build resumes while meeting new people and building physical and mental strength. 

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For Ages 21+ | Starting Location: Lake Wenatchee, WA 
LGBTQ Inclusion Crew Leaders co-lead, manage, and supervise conservation crews of youth or young adults over the course of the summer. Leaders will be responsible for completing a variety of hands-on, conservation-oriented projects on public and private lands, and facilitating daily lessons using our accredited outdoor education curriculum. leaders are well-balanced individuals who work hard and embody compassion, patience, and an inspirational attitude. While leading the LGBTQ crew, crew leaders will be responsible for creating a safer space for their members to balance the nuances and intersectionality between personal identity and work. leaders should expect organizational support during their endeavors that may include activities led by an outside facilitator and weekly check-ins by field supervisors. This seasonal position allows leaders to deliver an impactful educational experience to young people and also provides an entry-point within the fields of natural resource management, youth development, and outdoor education. 

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Session 2022 Dates Tuition
LGBTQ Inclusion Crew 1 6/18-7/23 $300
LGBTQ Inclusion Crew 2 7/30-9/3 $300

Rainbow Crew in the news:

National Geographic
How LGBTQ youth are building community through conservation work
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