About the Civilian Conservation Corps

 

 

Established April 5, 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps, also nicknamed "Roosevelt's Tree Army", helped over 3 million men during the dark days of the Depression.

 

Paid $1 per day, the average enrollee was 19 years old, 5 feet 8 1/4 inches tall, and weighed 147b pounds. Halfway through the 6-month term of enlistment, the average eweight gain of enrollees was almost 12 pounds. 

If a man was illeterate, he learned to read and write during his term. He was also requiredd to send home $25 of the $30 he earned in a month to help out his family. This requirement funneled over $600 million to over 12 million needy families and dependents at a cost to the government of only $1,000 per enrollee.

 

Over 4,500 CCC camps were located in every state then in the United States. Camps were also located in Alaske, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. They were located as high as 9,200 feet above sea level (Rocky Mountain National Park) and as low as 270 feet below seal level (Death Valley, California).

 

About Our Living History Organization

 

 

Our Civilian Conservation Corps group is dedicated to honoring the memory of, and preserving the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Our members have don extensive research on this important Depression-Era organizaiton. 

 

If you are interested in having our organization demonstrate the actdivities of the Civilian Conservation Corps at your site, please contact us using the information below.