Each year, the SCIP interns plan and host the day-long summit as part of their leadership development. The event encourages participants to share their summer experiences and celebrate their successes. This year’s highlights, including writing and photo contests, supported the 2013 theme In My Backyard, and were based on their summer experiences. Team-building activities, such as designing the ideal national park, encouraged cooperation between youth from all programs. Youth also led workshops focusing on building resumes, creative writing, NPS careers, green energy, law enforcement procedures, and interpretation programs for their peers.
The SCIP interns serve as peer mentors for Boston-area youth programs throughout the summer through a series of engaging activities. The summit serves as the culminating event and highlights the summer experiences while encouraging youth to seek opportunities in the National Park Service.
Parks and programs represented at the Summit include: The Salem Maritime National Historic Site Future Leaders, the Lowell National Historical Park Spindle City Corps, the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area Green Ambassadors, the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation Branching Out and Designing Parks teams, the New Bedford Whaling NHP Learners to Teachers, the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site Youth Conservation Corps, and the Somerville Groundwork USA Green Team and the National Park Preservers teams.