Civilian Conservation Corps

CCC architectural drawing for the Edisto Beach State Park, South Carolina, bath house, 1935. Drawn By Louis M. Woler.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs created to bring economic relief during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The CCC provided employment for young, unmarried men ages 18 to 25 who lived in work camps and spent their days working on projects to conserve and develop natural resources on publicly owned lands.   In exchange for shelter, clothing, food and a small salary, they planted trees, fought forest fires, dug ditches, cleared beaches, stocked rivers and lakes with fish and built access roads, trails, campgrounds, service buildings and recreation facilities.  CCC enrollees worked throughout the National Park Service and helped build over 700 state parks, including sixteen in South Carolina.