High School Expedition

High School Expedition is a 4-week volunteer service experience for Montana teens ages 14 to 17. Expedition Members will spend the majority of their time outdoors, camping, working, and exploring.  Each crew will be led by two Crew Leaders, who are graduates of MCC’s 7-week leadership training. Expedition Crews work, serve, and learn in some of Montana’s wildest places!

Projects are a mix of backcountry spikes, where crews backpack into a site to camp and work remotely, and front country spikes, where crews car camp near the project site. Project work includes: fencing, trail work, wildlife surveys, invasive weed removal, planting native plants, historic preservation, campground maintenance and more! Throughout the program, participants are exposed to challenging physical work as well as the rigors of camp life. The weekends give crews a chance to explore, recreate, and relax.

Expedition Members will receive on-the-job training, including technical and outdoor skills, Leave No Trace principles, and safety standards.  Lessons throughout the program come from our Positive Youth Development based curriculum, and include team skills, leadership skills, environmental stewardship, and community involvement techniques. 

Want to make new friends, learn new skills, explore Montana’s wildest places, challenge yourself, and have an awesome summer?  MCC’s Youth Expedition program is for you. 

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.

For more details about Youth Expedition, check out our Youth Expedition Guide, our Parents page, our Expedition FAQs, and our Expedition Gear List.

Application Process

The application process is divided into two parts. Part 1 consists of general and emergency contact information. This part should take 10 to 20 minutes to complete. Part 2 will be sent to you via email (please expect an email from us within 24 to 48 hours of submitting Part1). It is composed of Health History Information, Insurance and Waiver Forms, and a Parent/Guardian Agreement. This part should take 15 to 30 minutes to complete. Parents/Guardians will be notified on a rolling basis and we will do our best to notify you within 1-2 weeks of receiving your application. 


Location: Bozeman, Helena, Missoula, and Kalispell
Program Dates: June 9 through July 5, 2019
Service Award: $270.00 upon completion of program

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3 Week Option
Location: Missoula Only 
Program Dates: June 16 through July 5, 2019
Service Award: $202.00 upon completion of program

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Location: Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula
Program Dates: July 14 through August 9, 2019
Service Award: $270.00 upon completion of program

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Location: Bozeman
Program Dates: July 14 through July 26, 2019
Service Award: $135.00 upon completion of program

This program is specifically designed for 8th and 9th graders.

No longer accepting applications!

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