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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.]

The Perfect Storm

A youth crew stands with their backs to the  camera, looking out at some beautiful mountains

Our fourth and final hitch in the Bitterroot National Forest proved to be our most successful yet. A combination of the gorgeous surroundings and the personalities thrown together to form a team that worked together, in the words of our youth, "like a family".

All of us immediately hit it off. On day one, every member of the team proved their adventurous spirit and willingness to put themselves out there by taking a large bite of a raw onion. This comradery was further developed by playing card games, witnessing the loser drink various vile concoctions, and having vulnerable conversations by the campfire after a long day's work. On our off day, we went to that stunning city of Missoula, where we explored the local art museum, refreshed our feet in the freezing river, and took in the sights and smells of the city.

The team broke through boundaries and forged long-lasting connections, as well as learned more about our public lands and how we can conserve them. At the end of the hitch, no one wanted to go home, making this our hardest goodbye yet.