June 1940

France falls to Germany in WWII. President Roosevelt allows CCC camps on military bases where enrollees build military structures, airfields, obstacle courses, artillery ranges and training fields. The CCC has expanded the educational programs to include engineering, blueprint reading and other defense-related skills.

January 1, 1941

To retain enrollees, the CCC allows them to receive $8 per month in cash with only $15 being sent home. The remaining $7 is placed in a savings account until the enrollee’s honorable discharge.

June 14, 1941

At Natural Bridge Camp in Virginia, enrollees at a veteran camp are showing lack of discipline. An agent from the Department of Justice goes undercover as a CCC worker and catches illicit moonshiners selling liquor at the camp.

August 16, 1941

All CCC enrollees now drill in simple military formations. While the government does not issue arms to the civilians, the CCC boys now spend 20 hours a week doing general defense training.

September 1941

With most able young men now enlisting in the Armed Services, the CCC is further reduced to a total of 900 camps. Any camp that cannot maintain a minimum of 165 working men is closed.

Pearl Harbor is attacked
National Archives

Pearl Harbor is attacked
December 7, 1941

The U.S. enters WWII after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Later that month, Director McEntee decides to close all camps that do not directly relate to the war effort by May 1942.

January 1, 1942

The number of CCC camps in the U.S. is down to 800.

July 1, 1942

Although the program will never be officially terminated, the House and Senate approve funding to cover the costs of shutting down the remaining CCC camps and divvying up its equipment and resources.

  • Back
  • 1
  • 2 of 2

My American Experience

My American Experience photos

Share Your Story

Did you or a family member experience life in America in the 1930s? What does the decade mean to you? Share your American experience with us.