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Forest Youth

Skamania County Forest Youth Success
The Skamania County Forest Youth Success Program (SCFYS) is similar to the Stevenson-Carson School District’s Summer Success Program, a summer employment program for high school students that ran for 10 years. In 2002, the funding source & focus of the program changed to maintaining and enhancing public lands. The program’s sponsors include Skamania County, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington State University Extension 4-H, and the Stevenson-Carson School District.

Program Objectives

  • Achieve infrastructure and ecosystem management objectives on the south end of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and nearby communities.
  • Provide an employment opportunity to Skamania County youth.
  • Teach fundamentals of forest ecology and management to youth participants using classroom, field trips, and work projects.
  • Enhance and develop positive life skills to increase employability using Washington State University 4-H Adventures Challenge Curriculum.
  • Develop a sense of responsibility for the forest and Skamania County communities. Improve cooperative relationships between community residents and resource management agencies through working relationships and education

Dates of Employment
Crew Leaders: June 19th – August 22nd
Mentors: July 1st – August 20th
Workers: July 8th – August 20th

Program Structure
Juniors and seniors serve as “mentors” in a role modeling/leadership capacity. Incoming freshman and sophomores serve as regular crew members. All students are assigned to crews, each crew having a trained adult leader. Crews complete various tasks such as campground cleanup, trail maintenance, forest boundary brushing and marking, roadside brushing, tree pruning, exotic weed removal, and other forest maintenance tasks.

Student Benefits
Students gain work experience for their resumes and meet resource professionals and other adults who can be valuable references for future employment. Through a wide variety of work projects, students gain a perspective on the many aspects and issues involved in natural resource management in the region, and learn real-life forestry skills which qualify them for further employment opportunities.

Students also meet and get to know their community leaders. They gain new friendships while developing job skills and life skills such as a healthy work ethic, self-confidence, communication, teamwork, problem solving, and leadership. They also have a lot of fun! This is a particularly wonderful opportunity for incoming freshmen to obtain a jump start at getting to know upper classmen and women, easing their entry into the social arena of high school.

Student Applications
Applications can be picked up at the offices of middle schools and high schools that serve Skamania County Residents or downloaded here:

Adult Crew Leader Applications
Applications and application instructions can be downloaded here:

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