Youth Conservation Corps: Fort Sumter’s helping hand

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013

For Moultrie, like Fort Sumter, receives summertime assistance from the Youth Conservation Corps. PHOTOS BY ROB SYNDER III


The Fort Sumter National Monument endures through its busiest month of July with loads of people shuffling through each and every day.

The grounds of the fort are consistently maintained, even with the abundant rainfall this summer. Much of the credit for the upkeep goes to the park rangers. But, working alongside these employees who do so much to maintain these precious historic sites is the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC).

The YCC consists of high school students around the Charleston area between the ages of 15-18. These YCC members help preserve the national monument and other park sites in the most intricate and difficult ways. Clearing the pathways, pulling weeds out of the bricks and painting around the fort, among other tasks are all done by the YCC.

Crew leader Michelle Welker said they are efficient because they work as a team. For many of these young adults this is their first job, and working outside all summer gives them a taste of work outside the classroom.

A few of them even heard about the opening this summer by reading the Moultrie News. Others are returnees from the previous summer.

The fort will only have the support of the YCC for a few more weeks, as their summer job will come to an end on Aug. 2.

But, next summer there will be opportunities for others to join the Youth Conservation Corps and participate in this unique experience.

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