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.

High School Expedition Sessions


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The application consists of the following sections:

·         General & Emergency Contact Information

·         Health History Information

·         Insurance & Waiver Forms

·         Parent/Guardian Agreement

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Application & Acceptance Process

Application Process opens Monday, February 10th, 2020.  Placement of applicants will begin the week of March 30th, 2020.

If your application has been submitted prior to March 30th you should expect to hear from us on or near March 30th regarding the placement of your son and/or daughter.  After March 30th we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and you should expect to hear back from us 1-2 weeks from the date your application is submitted.

Acceptance to the program is not first-come, first-served, but based on creating a diverse group of youth from across Montana to serve together on our crews. We strive to create crews that reflect the diversity of our state and communities.

While MCC hopes to be able to accept each applicant and strives to place each youth in their preferred Expedition location and session time, it is not always possible. If that is the case with your son and/or daughter, they will be placed on the waiting list while we evaluate all applicants and the available openings of all regions.

For Additional Information

For more specific information on the application and acceptance process: please call or email the Youth Admissions Team at (406) 587-4475 or email apply@mtcorps.org

For information on specific Youth Expeditions: please call the Youth Program Manager for the Region you will be applying to:
Greater Yellowstone Region – Bozeman, MT: Holly Black (406) 586-0151 ext. 205 or holly@mtcorps.org
Central Divide Region – Helena, MT: Hallie Kellerman (406) 495-9214 ext. 310 or hallie@mtcorps.org
Western Wildlands Region – Missoula, MT: Nick Ehlers (406) 728-2720 ext. 409 or nick@mtcorps.org
Northern Rockies Region – Kalispell, MT: Carolan Coughlin (406) 755-3619 or carolan@mtcorps.org

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Montana Conservation Corps is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization and relies on grants and charitable giving to offset the costs we incur to make our youth programs possible. We would greatly appreciate if those families who are financially able, could make a donation to help us offset the cost of the Youth Expeditions. This will ensure that we are able to continue offering these programs at no cost.