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Back for a second season in summer 2019!

IMG_0421.JPGSession Dates: June 10th-14th (daily), June 17th-21st (daily with overnight on June 20th)

Who: 11-13 year-olds who are looking to have fun, meet friends, and get experience working outdoors!

What: A youth community service program that provides education and experience in citizenship, volunteerism, community service, and self-development for youth. SLC uses a crew-based format with approximately 10-12 crew members (youth) and 2 adult Crew Leaders who facilitate curriculum and engage in service projects.

How Long: Two weeks: Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm with one overnight camping experience.

Why: SLC enhances the sense of belonging and connectedness of youth to their communities through meaningful outdoor-based service projects, education, and group recreation activities.

Service: Participants will be volunteering their time to participate in roughly 26 hours of service. There are a variety of projects on a weekly basis. Please let us know if you know an organization that could benefit from the Service of an SLC crew.

Education: Consists of job readiness, leadership skills, life skills training, environmental education, and civic and social responsibility.

Registration Fee: $150 (Scholarships available through RMYC)

Interested? Applications are now live! Click here to apply. Enrollment and session information will be confirmed by email the week of May 1st.


Back for a third season in summer 2019!


Session Dates: 

Session 1: July 8th-12th (M-F 8a-4p), July 15th-19th (Camping)

Session 2: August 5th-9th (M-F 8a-4p), August 12th-16th (Camping)

Who: 14-15 year-olds who are looking to have fun, meet friends, and get paid to work outside! (16-17 year-olds accepted on a case by case basis)

What: A program designed to provide leadership and hands-on workforce experience for youth. CDC uses a crew-based format with 9-10 crew members (youth) and 2 adult Crew Leaders who supervise, facilitate education curriculum, and engage in projects. Crew-members are paid a weekly stipend. 

How Long: Two weeks: first week is Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm, second week is camping 24/7.

Why: CDC provides a unique entry-level workforce opportunity for youth that builds on job readiness skills, resiliency skills, community engagement and environmental awareness.  

Service: Participants are paid a wage to provide service to local and surrounding organizations. This year will be focused on trail building with the Town of Breckenridge and Summit County Open Space and Trails. Past projects have included: service work with High Country Conservation Center and the Blue Mountain Horse Sanctuary, as well as trail maintenance, forest restoration and fish habitat monitoring with FDRD and the US Forest Service.

Education: Consists of job readiness, leadership skills, life skills training, environmental education, and civic and social responsibility.

Registration Fee: $75 (Can be paid up front or taken out of the first paycheck)

Check out the full job description HERE.

Interested? Applications are now live! Click here to apply.  

stewardship opportunities


Know a kid that needs community service hours? Send them our way!

Our youth programs primarily benefit Summit County youth ages 6-18. Through FDRD stewardship opportunities, youth learn the value of land stewardship and embark on projects that benefit our community, and the people who visit our National Forest each year. Many of our youth projects occur over the summer and are coordinated in partnership with schools, local nonprofits and youth groups. These partnerships have enabled FDRD to offer stewardship opportunities for youth that might not otherwise have access to our programs. In turn, our partner organizations benefit from access to youth-oriented service learning opportunities.

Contact to schedule a day for your youth group or school to join us on the trails! 

interactive educational programs


We are proud to partner with the Winter Wildlands Alliance to provide their Snow School curriculum as well as the USFS Junior Ranger program as a supplement to our stewardship projects. Our youth “Education in Action” series can be catered to many different needs of local youth groups. 

Through these fun and interactive programs, we hope to inspire a sense of stewardship in youth that they can pass on to friends, family and future generations. FDRD is happy to travel to your school or youth agency to present on these topics, but we believe that our local forest is the best classroom to get kids active and engaged in learning. Please contact for more details or to schedule your program today!

a word from our partners


“Working with Friends of the Dillon Ranger District within our youth programs has provided a learning opportunity about our natural environment, knowledge about the importance of trail maintenance, and of course fun for our campers!”—Sara Skinner, Recreation Programs Coordinator for the Town of Frisco

“Through our partnership with FDRD we have been able to introduce local youth to the importance and pride of land stewardship. We are incredibly excited to expand our partnership with FDRD this year and start offering service learning opportunities for the youth we serve over the winter months as well.”- Joan Dieter, Program Director for SOS Outreach