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Arrowman Conservation School

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Who can attend ACS?
Arrowmen Conservation School is open to any arrowmen attending NOAC. However, individuals cannot apply to ACS – Lodges must complete an ACS application including the submission of a three person team (2 youth, 1 adult) to send to the program.
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When is ACS? (including a schedule of what happens during NOAC)
The program will debut at the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference. It will comprise of three days of training. Arrowmen attending ACS will go through all day course training on Sunday (2 Aug) and Monday (3 Aug) as well as participate in a half day service project on Tuesday (4 Aug). The event will culminate with a graduation scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
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Can I participant in other training/events at NOAC?
Participants of ACS will have opportunities to participate in evening activities/training programs, Tuesday afternoon events and Founder’s Day activities. However, their am & pm training slots will be filled for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of NOAC.
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How do I register? Individuals cannot directly apply to ACS - Lodges are being asked to complete an application to this program including the submission of a three person team (2 youth, 1 adult) to send to the program.
If you are interested in attending ACS, please check with your Lodge contingent leader.
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What material is covered in each track?
In the Project Leadership track, youth will focus on the necessary skills to mobilize conservation-based resources, develop and execute a conservation plan, and ensure the proper mechanisms are in place to measure the total impact.
Youth in the Wilderness Engineering track will focus on the necessary skills to assess the conservation need, develop and execute a trail-based skill training program, and ensure field-based reporting mechanisms are followed.
The Conservation Project Advising track will help adults focus on the necessary skills to guide youth through the conservation planning process with specific emphasis on the ability to mobilize necessary resources for supporting and reporting the total impact of the conservation program.
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I'm interested in both Project Leadership and Wilderness Engineering. Which track should I choose?
Youth who are detail oriented with the ability and desire to understand and work through the many month process of planning a conservation project. Project Leadership nominees should be comfortable in front of large groups, and possess the ability to represent your lodge as a public face. They should be considered a great communicator, and highly reliable.
Youth who are interested in the ecological and scientifically based knowledge regarding conservation planning. Wilderness Engineering nominees should be capable of grasping technical details of ecology and be comfortable teaching to small groups. They should be considered self motivators and highly enthusiastic. Conservation experience is preferred - not required.
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I'm an adult who already attended adviser training from the OA (NLATS). Can I attend one of the youth tracks instead?
No, the program is designed as a three-person team – consisting of two (2) youth and one (1) adult. The materials covered in the project advising section are markedly different from training advisors received during NLATS, NLS or even CUSA.
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Can 18, 19 and 20 year old youth attend the Project Advisor Track?
It is highly recommended that in selecting youth and adult members to nominate to ACS that you select those who will be able to work and volunteer their time towards developing a conservation initiative in the coming year after NOAC. The ideal candidate for the Project Advising role would be one who is willing to work with outside agencies and would be a good face-to-face contact person for your lodge in the conservation planning process. They should have an understanding of lodge finance, and the BSA tour permit and event planning models. Project Advising nominees should be great record keepers and youth oriented. This person should have experience working with and advising youth.
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Will there be field work associated with ACS?
Yes, ACS is designed to provide participants with the full experience of planning and executing a conservation project. As such participants are expected to participate in the half-day conservation project scheduled for Tuesday morning. All ACS participants should possess the ability to do mild hiking and physical labor.
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I was certified in ConservationUSA during ArrowCorps5. Should I still attend ACS?
The ConservationUSA program taught by the InstructorCorps during ArrowCorps5 was specially designed to teach small group dynamics and the essentials of squad leadership. The curriculum for ACS focuses on project-wide planning and implementation (Project Leadership), the science of conservation and technical trailwork (Wilderness Engineering), and supporting youth and the council's conservation program (Project Advising).
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Where can I find more information?
More information will be available on the National Order of the Arrow event site as we move closer to NOAC. If you have any additional questions please contact acs@instructorcorps.com.
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Revised 4/9/2009


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