The Civilian Conservation Corps took young men from ages 18 - 22 years old. The average age nation wide was 18.5 years, so they were referred to as the CCC Boys. One former member recalls, "They must have had warehouses full of Army surplus uniforms, and it was one size fits all." Another remembers, "It seems like they always gave you a size bigger than you needed. If you complained about it, they would say, 'Don't worry about it, you're going to grow into it.'" The CCC was started during the Great Depression, so most of these boys had not been fed three meals a day, especially with dessert each day. The average weight gain per boy was 12 lbs. the first month.
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