Service to community (STC) Request 

Since 1999, cadets at the academy have performed more than 198,299 cumulative work-hours in support of service to community projects throughout the state. Calculated at the current minimum wage, they have contributed roughly $1,824,351 to our economy.
Cadets realize the value and importance of giving back to the community while performing a minimum of 40 hours of service to the community and/or conservation project activities in groups and on an individual basis. These activities provide additional opportunities for career exploration as well as enhance community-needs awareness in cadets. If you are looking to request an STC project of the MYCA cadets please complete and return the Service to Community Request Form

Montana Youth Challenge Foundation

The Montana Youth Challenge Academy Foundation is driven by community leaders throughout southwest Montana. Their goal of supporting program participants and their families is made possible by countless volunteer hours and generous donations. Foundation funds are redistributed to program participants (future, current, and alumni) in a number of ways ranging from personal hygiene items and school supplies to special events like class BBQs and field trips to scholarship opportunities for MYCA graduates. 

For more information about how you can support or donate to the foundation, send an email to

Scholarships & Honors

Montana Youth Challenge Academy is proud to offer an established scholarship  program to assist program graduates, who plan to continue education in college, vocational school programs, or career training. 

American Legion School Award

The distinguished achievement award recognizes the high qualities of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship, and service. 

Montana National Guard Thrift Shop of Helena

These scholarships are awarded to the two cadets who have demonstrated excellence in all aspects of the Challenge program. These cadets have identified plans to continue their education and these awards are intended to assist them in that process.

National Guard Foundation Awards

This award is honored to four cadets to be used for college, community college, vo-tech, or technical training.


The Adjutant General's Award

This is the highest award a cadet can earn. It is awarded during each program cycle to a cadet, who represents the work ethics, values, aspirations, educational achievements, leadership skills, and team efforts of the Youth Challenge goals and philosophy. 

Roger Larsen Award 

Awarded to Company/JMG Leadership Cadet

The Commandant's Award

This award is given to the cadet who excels in all aspects of the program and serves as role model for other cadets to emulate. The cadets' achievements in terms of personal growth, educational attainment, physical fitness, spirit, assistance to others, and support of Youth Challenge will create eligibility to receive this award. 

The Challenge Award

This award will be given to the cadets who exhibit and promote the spirit of the program, and they will be measured in terms of team participants, marching, professional appearance, living quarters, and those who seek to be challenged. This award is given to three graduates. 

The Physical Fitness Award

This award will be given to the top male and top female cadets who displayed the highest level of fitness in all evaluated areas as determined by the commandant. Daily effort is also taken into consideration.

The Most Improved Cadet Award

Given to the cadet, who throughout the program demonstrated the most improvement in all aspects of the program.