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Youth Program

[Image Description: A MCC member stands on an overlook, looking out at the mountainous landscape. They are wearing their uniform and holding a seed dispersal tool.]

Soul of Montana

A youth crew hikes across a hillside with their backs to the camera. They are carrying backpacks and helmets.

There is something extraordinary about working in a new place. Coming to Montana, and working with MCC provided me an experience like no other. I didn't just visit Montana for the National parks as a tourist might; I plunged my hands and heart into the earth. I got dirty with Montana soil and sap. I got clean from sudden storms that came and went. I learned that not every black and yellow insect will sting - sometimes it'a only a sneaky fly. I saw the meaning of work first and play later. I felt the song of the birds and the heard the soul of the mountains. I felt what those who lived here before us felt - or as close to it as I can imagine.