Expedition FAQs

  • Do I have to be a Montana resident?
    • Yes. Sorry. Due to our funding sources and their priorities we are limited to serving Montana youth.

  • I’ll be turning 15 in August. Can I still join?
    • You are encouraged to apply. Regional staff will be in touch with you to see if our Expedition program is the right fit for you. Also, check out our Middle School Expedition Programs, offered out of our Greater Yellowstone (Bozeman) and Western Wildlands (Missoula) regional offices. 

  • I live in Sidney. How can I serve?
    • You are welcome to apply to our Expedition program and can serve out of any town in Montana. Start with your nearest regional office, but you can serve in any town because the Expedition model meets up on day one and then ventures off to projects throughout the state.

  • Can I serve on the same crew as my sibling?
    • The MCC experience is truly about growth as an individual, not growth as a couple of friends or family members together. So we will encourage you to serve during different sessions.

  • Can I bring my iPod or Kindle?
    • Devices that only function as cameras are the only electronics allowed. Things like cell phones, I-pads, and Kindles that may also have a camera aren't permitted. 

  • What's a backcountry shower?
    • A backcountry shower includes anything that helps you bathe while on a project. Things like portable showers hung from trees, buckets or pails used for a sponge bath, or washing your face and hands in a creek all qualify as a backcountry shower.  

  • What will we do during the evenings?
    • In a crew community, there is never a shortage of chores to do each night. Typically, each crew takes turns prepping meals, filtering water, cleaning-up, building a fire, etc. Some members will have free time to change, play games, or help with dinner. After dinner and clean-up, your leaders will have a wide variety of activities planned for you. Games, learning knots, and roasting s'mores are a few things crews have done in the past.

  • What will we do on the weekends?
    • Great question! The answer is that it varies. Sometimes your leaders will plan visits to parks, recreational events, or historical sites in the areas you're working. Other times, you'll spend your weekends doing laundry and preparing for your next project. It’s important to be flexible but you can also let your leaders know you're interested in an area or event.