Civilian Conservation Corps
December 25, 1934
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work program organized in April of 1933. Its purpose was to employ unmarried men between the ages of 18 and 25, a range that was eventually expanded to ages 17 to 28. By July of that year, 1433 CCC camps had been established. Company 230 was formed with enrollees from New York and New Jersey who were first sent to do conservation work in Wyoming and later transferred to Alabama, where they fought forest fires and built roads. The camps were run by U.S. Army reserve officers who, following the practice of the military services, issued special menus with rosters on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The CCC provided work for more than three million men before it was disbanded in 1942, thereby ending one of the most popular programs of the New Deal.