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By Andi Bourne

MCC – A Skill-based Summer Experience for Youth


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The Montana Conservation Corps offers Middle School and High School Expeditions throughout the summer. This is a no-cost opportunity to live and work outside while learning more about teamwork, leadership and environmental stewardship.

SEELEY LAKE – When 14-year-old Kya Smith's mother Lauren Callahan signed her up for the Montana Conservation Corps Middle School Expedition as "her summer experience" she was less than thrilled. With her usual summer camp experience no longer financially feasible, Smith joined five other youth and two MCC leaders for a five days backpacking adventure documenting trail conditions outside of Missoula. Callahan said the self confidence, self worth and pride in the work accomplished that her daughter brought home was unmatched with any other summer experience.

Smith grew up in Kalispell. Whi...

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