The Mile High Youth Corps – Colorado Springs (MHYC-CS) began it’s 2010 Summer of Service (SOS) program by showing up at the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) State-wide Crew Leader training with an optimistic outlook and a group of new faces. With Leaders and Mentors all the way from Connecticut, Minnesota, Kansas and Colorado, this group of fearless young people ventured to Golden Gate State Park in Golden, Colorado to commence a summer of outdoor service, learning and fun.
MHYC-CS Leaders attended training sessions including Habitat Rehabilitation, Rock Skills, Environmental Education, Trail Building, Healthy Lifestyles and Erosion Control, all conducted by knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly CYCA Staff and volunteers from Outdoor Stewardship Institute. Working with Steve Austin, “The Man, The Myth, The Legend” was particularly enjoyable. His passion and dedication to trail work, as well as his knowledge and contributions in rock work and theory proved inspirational.
All in all, the CYCA training was enjoyable and the skills we learned and developed have already proven useful in our first couple days with the SOS Corpsmembers. Currently, the Day Crew is working on a trail building and maintenance project in Bear Creek Regional Park in Colorado Springs. The Sawyer Crew is in Las Animas, Colorado removing tamarisks and the Camping Crew is out on the Apishapa State Wildlife Area – I’ll bet you don’t know where that is!
The season is off to a great start, and we’re all looking forward to what is most likely going to be a successful and rewarding summer season!
-Hallie Harness, Day Crew Mentor