Expedition Member Now Enrolling Summer 2017 — Ages 14 Through 17

Expedition is a three or four week volunteer service experience for Montana teens ages 14 to 17. As an Expedition Member, participants call their tent home for most of the month. Each crew is led by two Crew Leaders, who are graduates of the MCC's Leadership Development Program. Crews work, serve, and learn in some of Montana’s wildest places! 

Projects are a mix of “backcountry spikes” where crews will be packed a few miles into the project site, where they will camp overnight, and “front country spikes” where crews car camp near the project site. Participants are exposed to challenging physical work as well as the rigors of camp life. The weekends give crews a chance to explore, recreate, relax, and to get to know each other and the areas around the project. 

Each Expedition begins with a one-day orientation covering safety, leave no trace principles and program basics, expectations, and logistics. Expedition members are taught MCC’s program objectives of communication and team skills, leadership development, environmental stewardship, technical field skills, and embracing a strong service ethic through their crew experience and complementary education. 

Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals and are an equal opportunity employer.

Qualifications

- 14-17 years old, Montana resident                          
- Commitment to complete the entire term of service
- Desire to serve the community and the environment
- Ability to hike 3-9 miles per day, often wearing a backpack and carrying tools
- Ability to lift up to 20 pounds repeatedly
- Willingness to work long, hard hours in all weather conditions; ability to be away for full expedition length

Program Dates

Bozeman Expeditions
Session 1
  • 6/11/17 - 7/7/17
  • $200 Presidential Service Award
  • $327 AmeriCorps Education Award
  • APPLY HERE
Session 2
  • 7/16/17 - 8/11/17
  • $200 Presidential Service Award
  • $327 AmeriCorps Education Award
  • APPLY HERE
Helena Expeditions
Session 1
  • 6/11/17 - 7/7/17
  • $200 Presidential Service Award
  • $327 AmeriCorps Education Award
  • APPLY HERE
Session 2
  • 7/16/17 - 8/11/17
  • $200 Presidential Service Award
  • $327 AmeriCorps Education Award
  • APPLY HERE
Kalispell Expeditions
Session 1
  • 6/11/17 - 7/7/17
  • $200 Presidential Service Award
  • $327 AmeriCorps Education Award
  • APPLY HERE
Session 2
  • ​7/16/17 - 8/11/17
  • $200 Presidential Service Award
  • $327 AmeriCorps Education Award
  • APPLY HERE
Missoula Expeditions
Session 1
  • 6/11/17 - 6/30/17
  • $150 Presidential Service Award
  • $327 AmeriCorps Education Award
  • APPLY HERE
Session 2
  • ​7/24/17 - 8/11/17
  • $150 Presidential Service Award
  • $327 AmeriCorps Education Award
  • APPLY HERE

Benefits
This program encourages participants to connect with something bigger than themselves. By living and working alongside peers from different communities, members develop a team-first mentality that can lead to lasting friendships. Each teen receives marketable know-how and resume experience by completing 120 - 160 hours of community service. Participants receive a Presidential Service Award upon completion of the program and have the opportunity to receive a $325 AmeriCorps Education Award.    

Parent/Guardian Information

Parents/guardians of youth accepted into our Expedition Program will be required to create an online profile to complete paperwork required for participation in the program. Create your online profile here.

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