Idaho Conservation Corps Youth Corps Camping programs combine education, job skill training with outdoor adventure for ages 16 to 18/19. Under staff supervision, youth crew members work on conservation, reforestation, and recreation projects, and learn valuable lessons of teamwork and responsibility. Crews camp in the field for several weeks, traveling from project to project. Youth gain a sense of pride that comes with hard work and a job well done. Through education, youth learn to respect and protect the environment in which they live.
*Backcountry Leadership Program allows participants up to age 19.
Youth Corps Camping summer programs have a tuition of $225.The Fall program has no tuition. Tuition assistance is available to help cover most of these costs. Tuition Assistance is awarded based on a families' size and monthly income and we are determined to not make tuition a barrier for our programs so please contact us with any questions.
Youth Corps Camping participants earn an education stipend for their participation and can also earn bonuses. Both the stipend and bonus is paid in the form of a check made out to the participant which they can use as they wish. The base stipend is $300 a week which equals:
- $1,500 for Five-week programs
- $1,200 for Four-week programs
In addition to the base stipend, participants have the opportunity to earn up to $50 in bonuses a week for safety, dependability, and completing the program. Bonuses are paid upon completion of the program.
- Completion Bonus: $20/week for finishing the session
- Dependability Bonus: $20/week for completing all the hours scheduled for your crew
- Safety Bonus: $10/week for a perfect safety record at the end of the session
Food costs ($66.50/week) will be deducted from stipend.
Participants leaving the program before the graduation date will receive a prorated portion of this stipend, calculated to the nearest full day of work, but will forfeit all bonuses.
ICC participants are required to provide their own transportation to and from the orientation and graduation for their specific program. ICC can provide some travel assistance from Boise to the ICC headquarters for those traveling on trains, plains, and busses, call us for more information. In the event that a participant chooses to leave prior to completion, is asked to leave or is unable to complete the program for any reason, they are still required to provide and fund their transportation home. In the event circumstances require ICC to provide and/or pay for a participant’s transportation home for any reason, the participant and his/her family agree to reimburse ICC, upon demand, for all expenses it incurs.
To apply for a program, Check the schedule to make sure that you are free for the entire period of the program, and then complete the application online. Once a youth is offered a position into our program they will be required to 1. Call and confirm their position and 2. Either pay the full tuition or pay at least 25% of the tuition and set up a payment plan to pay the remaining tuition in full before the program starts.
Summer Session 1 and 2
Length: 5 weeks
The journey begins here! With ICC's Summer Conservation Corps you will complete vital resource management projects and explore the hidden corners of the Mountain West. A 7-10 person crew will spend time building hiking trails, protecting endangered species, and restoring wildlife habitat. You will learn how to swing a tool, bake in a Dutch Oven, pitch a tent, build a campfire, and load a backpack.
With ICC you will learn how easy it is to live in the woods without the comforts of modern civilization. And, you will find incredible pride in a newly peeled log, a stack of firewood, or the removal of a huge boulder. It will be a summer filled with days you will not soon forget; like the feeling of accomplishment that Friday, after a week of sweat and hard work, that you and your crew hike back out over a mile of freshly dug trail.
At ICC you will discover a unique magic where strangers become family, hard work becomes fun, and people find joy and laughter in trivial daily events. It is a place where you discover new priorities. A place where, when you return to the world of pizza and porcelain, you experience a new appreciation for little things and a new distinction between what you need and what you want.
For more than a month you will live and work outdoors all day, every day. You may go to sleep watching the moon rise and get up in time to see the sun come up. It is a busy world, one where days blur into a rhythm of working, eating and sleeping. But it is also a world you will leave with lasting friendships, pride in accomplishment, fresh perspectives and untold new skills.