Uniforms, Tools and Equipment

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Use the tools, wear the uniform, run the equipment. It’s one of the best parts of being a Corpsmember!

The moment you put on the CCC uniform, you feel the difference. Pick up the tools and you’re confident you’ve made the right decision. And, learning to use the equipment for special projects is unbelievably cool, no less very attractive to employers.

These are the hand tools that all corpsmembers learn to use when they join the CCC.

Basic Tools

This tool has a hoe on one side and a rake on the other. It was invented by U.S. Forest Service Ranger Malcolm McLeod in 1905. It’s designed to rake a fire line with its teeth and cut branches and vines with its hoe blade.

One end is an axe blade and on the other end a small hoe. Named after Ed Pulaski, an assistant ranger in 1911, it can cut through branches and dig trenches.

R-5 Shovel
Not your ordinary shovel. It has a harp pointed blade that can scrape, dig, and throw.

Square Point Shovel
Used for cleaning flat surfaces and tossing light material like sand, snow and loose dirt.

Round Point Shovel
Good for digging in hard ground and gravel.

Rock Bar
Prying rocks, stumps and heavy objects. Frequently used during trail building.

Sledge Hammer
Comes in weights of 6, 8, 10 and 12 pounds.  Used for breaking rock and cement.

This is a heavy duty tool used to break apart asphalt, concrete and hard ground.

Used to trim bushes and cut tree limbs.

Post Hole Digger
just as it sounds. It’s a funny looking but very effective tool to dig a hole straight down.

Your Uniform

The CCC uniform not only makes you look good, it protects you. And, even better, they’re included when you join.

Hard Hat
must be worn at all times when on a work site.

Safety goggles
like the hard hat, these are not an option.

these are a must when handling tools of any kind.

Steel-toed boots
not necessarily the most comfortable but they work!

Shirt, pants and cap
yours to keep clean, tucked in and not sagging.


Equipment can vary from project to project, but here is some of the types you are likely to learn to use.

can drill a hole in the ground with precision.

Bobcats and skip loaders
haven’t you always wanted to learn to drive these? Many projects offer the chance to train and then get behind the wheel.

basic chain saw safety is covered at nearly every CCC location. You will used them  on fuel reduction projects and building trails.

many locations train CMs to drive these; especially useful when moving out supplies at a fire basecamp.

Grip hoist
connect it to a steel cable and a single person can move a 1,000 pound log.

Plate compactor
no better way to tamp down decomposed granite into a smooth, golden trail!

Wood boring drill
can create a hole for dragging a large stump.

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