Youth Camping Program

Youth camping programs combine education and job skill training with outdoor adventure for 16 to 19 year olds. With the guidance of experienced field staff, youth crew members work on conservation, reforestation, and recreation projects, while developing leadership skills and learning how to work as a team. Crews camp in the field for their entire 5 week session, traveling to a new project often week and recreating on the weekends. 


Build Your Future with Northwest Youth Corps

A Better You: Earn money and potential high school credit while gaining job skills and professional references needed to build your resume. Meet new people and build physical and mental strength while spending weeks immersed in the Northwest’s wildest places.

A Better Planet: Spend weeks working on conservation projects such as tree planting, fuels reduction, invasive plant removal, trail construction, and fencing. Play a vital role in improving public lands and the environment.


Session Information

-5 week duration | Starting in Spring, Summer, & Fall
-Members camp the entire duration and work M-F and do outdoor recreational activities on the weekends
-Crews are based out of Eugene, OR or Lake Wenatchee, WA and additionally in Boise, ID with our Idaho Conservation Corps branch 


Program Costs:
Youth Camping programs have tuition ranging from $75 to $300. Tuition assistance is available to help cover most of these costs. Tuition Assistance is awarded based on need and we are determined to not make tuition a barrier for our programs, please contact us with any questions. 

Youth 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 $283 a week  with rustic camping and food included which equals:


  • $1,415 for Five-week programs (rustic camping and food included)

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, reliability. Bonuses are paid upon completion of the program session.


  •  $25 per week for reliability (working all hours in the week). o This is awarded one week at a time. If you lose it for a week, you can still earn it for the other weeks.
  • $25 per week for safety o This is awarded one week at a time. If you lose it for a week, you can still earn it for the other weeks.



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.


Northwest Youth Corps offers a Backcountry Leadership program for returning youth crew members desiring new challenges. 



Camping session overviews

Sessions open for all applicants to apply for:
Spring / Fall Sessions Summer Sessions

The following Session is an advanced offering for past corps participants who have received a BLP recommendation from a previous NYC session:
Backcountry Leadership Program 

Spring & Fall Conservation Crews

Age: 16-19
Length: 5 weeks
Location: OR 
Tuition: $75


Are you out of school, between schools, or thinking about returning to school? Maybe you just want to be in a different space while you figure things out. In any case, the challenge and simplicity of five weeks in the woods will give you the chance to regain perspective, meet new friends, and discover new opportunities. Sound appealing?

With Northwest Youth Corps, you will learn how to pitch a tent, cook over a campfire, and stay dry in the rain. And, in the process, you will discover a new ability to address the unknown and surmount challenges that will prepare you for life's next adventure; finishing high school, starting college, or landing that next job.

With an NYC Spring or Fall program, you quickly become an integral part of a hard-working team. You travel throughout the Northwest and complete important conservation, recreation and reforestation projects. Like other NYC programs you and your team will usually be assigned to a different project each week.

The Northwest's unpredictable weather makes our spring and fall programs a unique challenge, one that demands a person of special fortitude, determination, and patience. For five weeks, regardless of the weather, you and nine other people your age will live, work and travel together.

Living in a tent for a month is not easy but the payoff is immense. But not necessarily in terms of money. Sure you will you receive a stipend check and discover pride in doing work that really matters. But perhaps just as important is what you will learn about yourself; about getting along with others and about what you value.

Take time out from the hustle and bustle of city life. Spend five weeks in the woods and leave with new friends, money in your pocket, and great stories. 



Summer Conservation Crews

Age: 16-19
Length: 5 weeks
Location:  Washington, Oregon, Idaho
Tuition: $300


The journey begins here! With NYC's Summer Conservation Crews you will complete vital resource management projects and explore the hidden corners of the Pacific Northwest. You will learn how to swing a tool, bake in a Dutch Oven, pitch a tent, build a campfire, and load a backpack.

With NYC you will learn how easy it is to live in the woods without the comforts of modern civilization. And, you will find incredible pride in a newly peeled log, a stack of firewood, or the removal of a huge boulder. It will be a summer filled with days you will not soon forget; like the feeling of accomplishment that Friday, after a week of sweat and hard work, that you and your crew hike back out over a mile of freshly dug trail.

At NYC you will discover a unique magic where strangers become family, hard work becomes fun, and people find joy and laughter in trivial daily events. It is a place where you discover new priorities. A place where, when you return to the world of pizza and porcelain, you experience a new appreciation for little things and a new distinction between what you need and what you want.

For more than a month you will live and work outdoors all day, every day. You may go to sleep watching the moon rise and get up in time to see the sun come up. It is a busy world, one where days blur into a rhythm of working, eating and sleeping. But it is also a world you will leave with lasting friendships, pride in accomplishment, fresh perspectives and untold new skills. 



Backcountry Leadership Program

Age: 16-19
Length: 5 weeks
Base Location: TBD
Tuition: $300


The Backcountry Leadership Program (BLP) provides crew members with additional leadership skills and opportunities. As a part of the BLP team, you will hike deep into secluded wilderness areas and work on intense, challenging, and technical projects. Here the landscape is more pristine, the laughter more bountiful, the expectations higher, and life fuller than any place you may have ever been. In past years, The Backcountry Leadership Program projects have been in Idaho's Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and Washington's Glacier Peak Wilderness


“Leader of the Day” takes on a whole new meaning during the BLP experience. Through a combination of instruction and practice you will develop the skills needed to take charge of individual projects, coordinate camp activities, present natural history lessons and eventually accept all crew leadership responsibilities for a day. Each crew member must do the necessary research prior to their session so they are prepared to teach their leaders and peers their own SEED lesson. This can be on a variety of topics, but should be something you are interested in and can share with others


After your completion of the Backcountry Leadership Program, you will have gained more than just the ability to lead a group of peers at NYC. You will have leadership skills that will assist you in your future pursuits. A few of the many skills you’ll learn and practice are taking initiative, goal setting, time management, and positive motivation. Most importantly, you will gain self-confidence in your own ability to lead a group through the hands-on experience of BLP.


Since 1992, Backcountry Leadership Program crews have earned a reputation for incredible productivity, quality workmanship and an unwavering commitment to getting the job done. 






Session 2022 Dates Tuition*
Spring 4/23-5/28 $75
Oregon 1 and 2 6/11-7/16 $300
Washington 1 and 2 6/18-7/23 $300
ASL Inclusion Crew 1 6/18-7/23 $0
Rainbow Inclusion Crew 1 6/18-7/23 $300
Oregon 3 and 4 7/23-8/27 $300
Washington 3 and 4 7/30-9/3 $300
ASL Inclusion Crew 2 7/30-9/3 $0
Rainbow Inclusion Crew 2  7/30-9/3 $300
Fall  9/10-10/15 $75

* Tuition assistance is available based on need. We do not want tuition cost to be a barrier for anyone.

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