What Is Involved In The Program?
Members of the CCC program will take part in three distinct stages:
- Stage One (Expedition) In Stage 1, participants will take part in a wilderness voyage. This adventure of a lifetime is designed to help corps members learn about themselves, their peers and the community at large. By travelling and reflecting together, they will build social capital, conservation ethic and the tenacity required for success in life. This stage will involve introspective activities, physical challenges and time for participants to bond closely together as a high functioning team. The expedition will be led by and designed in collaboration with Outward Bound Canada, who have been leading inspiring and challenging journeys of self-discovery in the natural world since 1969.
- Stage Two (Field Work) In this stage of the program will give participants the chance to work with established leaders in the conservation and environmental field work in three broad categories: Habitat Creation and Restoration, Wildlife Management and/or Environmental Science. Participants will have a chance to do meaningful service learning to deepen the lessons learned in the first stage of the program. During this stage, participants will begin to collaborate with peers across the country to develop outreach and service projects that they can deliver during stage three of the program.
- Stage Three (Outreach and Service) In this stage, participants will share their knowledge with others in their home communities across Canada. Through our national coalition of partners, CWF will lead the Canadian Conservation Corps team to facilitate experiential learning with a variety of partners. Participants will also engage with their community using a conservation issue of their choice. This central issue will allow them to engage others in their community in meaningful service, with the goal of engaging thousands of community-level participants (ages 15 to 30) in meaningful service opportunities to their community. By reflecting upon this experience and sharing it with others, participants will internalize the learning fully as a life-long ethic of care for each other, their community and their country.
Who Is Eligible For The Program?
The CCC program will recruit 90 youth (ages 18 to 30). Participants will be recruited with two goals in mind: to represent Canadian diversity and to create an environment which maximizes the chance of lifelong success for all participants. Participants will be recruited from all walks of Canadian life. No matter what community or background you come from, we want you to be involved and we will help you be a part of this amazing experience. Special attention will be given to recruit youth from both official languages, as well as youth who are of Indigenous descent or new to our country.
Over a nine-month period, participants will progress from wilderness journeys to science field work to urban education outreach, as a way of teaching them to engage with their community at large through meaningful service.
The program will cover basic living expenses to ensure that all participants are able to complete the program without financial hardship to themselves or their family.
Benefits Of Participation
Participants in the CCC program will benefit from a rich life learning experience designed to help develop a newfound passion for conservation. In addition, participants who complete all three stages of the program will receive a certificate, a letter of reference from each of their supervisors and access to our alumni network that will connect people with the conservation community.
Q: Is a high school diploma required to participate?
A: There is no educational requirement to be a participant. You must be in the age bracket of 18 to 30.
Q: What is the time commitment for being a part of the CCC? How long will I be away from home during the CCC program?
A: The CCC is an approximately nine month program that takes place in three stages. For the first two stages of the program (approximately four to five months duration) you will be away from home participating in training, the wilderness journey and doing field work in another part of the country from where you live. For the third stage of the program (approximately three to four months duration) you will be back in your home community delivering a conservation project and education outreach.
Q: Can I work/have a job while I participate in the CCC nine month program?
A: You will be away from home for the first two stages of the program (see question above), so having a job in those stages may be difficult. We can provide you with a letter for your employer if you need to take a leave of absence. But in the third stage while you are at home executing your community engagement project you can by all means have a job.
Q: What expenses are covered for me while I participate in the CCC nine month program and what must I pay for?
A: If you are accepted as a participant in the CCC we will cover your travel costs to and from each stage of the program. As well as your room and board/living expenses during the first two stages of the program. You will also receive branded clothing. If you need any further support we can arrange to help you as best we can.
Q: I’m over 30, can I still be involved?
A: While we can’t cover your expenses, we are always looking for people to give service to their community. CCC participants will need mentors, helpers and people to help spread the word.
Q: What type of courses will the program have?
A: While participating in the CCC you will receive Standard First Aid–C training from the Life Saving Society of Canada. As well as training in delivering and facilitating our Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) Wild Education programs, as well as the Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) Field Leader 1 training. As well as some personal skill building through our training weeks and participating in the program.
How Can I Be Considered For The Program?
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