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Want your teenager to hate you for the rest of your life ?

imageThen be sure to sign them up for the  Virginia State Parks’ Youth Conservation Corps The program is currently accepting applications through April 13, 2012 to help this summer at the state’s 36 parks from kids ages 14-17

Two three-week sessions of the award-winning Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) will be held this year, from June 26 to July 16 and July 24 to Aug. 13.

Applications are due by noon, April 13, 2012. The application process is entirely online, and can be found here Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps

Participants work in an assigned state park for three weeks and complete a series of environmental projects there. Participants also learn about the local culture and history, develop teamwork and life skills, and take part in outdoor recreation activities.

Crews are gender-specific and typically have 10 to 12 young people. Three adults supervise each crew.

Parents are responsible for transportation to and from the park. Food, lodging and uniform shirts and hats are provided. Participants get a $500 stipend at the completion of the program.

Youths selected for the program will be notified by the end of April.

Its not all work and no play either. Here is a  glimpse of a day in the YCC

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VA State Park Featured on NCIS Show

From VA State Park Blog: Jimageohanna Petrosky, District III Visitor Services Specialist, Virginia State Parks

The TV Show NCIS crew investigates a murder  which they traced back to Leesylvania State Park.

Let it be known, by the way, this show is completely fictional, and no, they did not receive permission from us to portray Leesylvania in such a manner (view the show on CBS’ website fast forward to 23 minutes and 24:45).
Personally, I was ecstatic to see producers chose Leesylvania State Park to be the featured park of the story line. Of course, it would have been nicer if they shed us in a better light, but if you have ever visited the park, you would know they had their facts all wrong!
So, for the record, let’s set ’em straight:
-There are no reports of rusty crayfish at Leesylvania State Park.
-Leesylvania does not have a major highway running through it, nor does it have two toll booths. 

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Not a Summer Camp….

The state of Virginia does not have a summer camp program at Virginia State Parks. What they do have is a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program. The difference? Instead of fun all the time, the YCC is really hard work. The youth, aged 14-17, perform conservation and similar projects in the park for about 8 hours a day. In the evenings and weekends, they participate in educational programs about the environment, the natural world, and local culture, or participate in various outdoor recreation activities, or visit local historical or cultural attractions.
Like a summer camp, it is residential, the lodging fairly primitive (rustic buildings), and there are Supervisors you might equate to camp counselors – most of college age. The program runs for three weeks. The other difference – for most summer camps  parents shell out a lot of money for their kids to attend. This program pays your child to attend ! Upon completion a stipend of $500 is paid to YCC participants. From the youths I know who attended they earn every penny!

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