Missouri may have only one national forest, but what it lacks in
quantity it makes up for in quality. Mark Twain National Forest
is a land of limestone mountains of surprising steepness, clear
rushing streams perfect for canoeing, and a diversity of plant
life as remarkable as it is interesting.
Wildflowers and wildlife are plentiful, making the forest
popular with hunters, trappers, fishers, and wildlife
photographers and observers. Hikers can pick and choose from one
of the country's richest system of trails.
Lying mostly in the Ozark Plateau, Mark Twain is 1.5 million
acres of forested area that was once given up for dead after
timbering operations cleared these hills by the turn of the 20th
century. Careful stewardship has brought the forest back to
life, and it now holds some of the Midwest's wildest, most
How will we be organized? Our 1000 OA members will be organizing into 10 Sections of 100 people each. Each Section will be made up of five Crews of 20 people and each Crew will be made up of Squads of 5 people. We are asking Lodges to bring squads or crews of persons 14 years or older to work the forest. There is no ratio for adults to youth although we want a strong youth contingent from each lodge.
Crews will consist of a crew leader with four "squads" of five people (all participants must be 14 or older, and adults are welcome).
Each "squad" will consist of a " Squad Leader" with 4 other participants. Each squad will have 1 Bow Saw, 2 Loppers for small branches, 2 hand saws, and a rope. Finally each section will be provided with two chainsaws.
Training Each participant and staff member will undergo great training to help ensure that ArrowCorps5 is a safe, enjoyable work environment. We will follow the Incident Command Structure and ICS 100 and 200 training will be provided for key staff .
Each crew leader will receive "Conservation USA" training, and "Chain Saw Certification" will be required for those operating a chain saw.
Working in the Glade Top Trail area south of
Ava, Missouri, we will remove invasive cedar trees from glade areas
in the forest. Removal of these cedars removal will help restore
forest natural communities.
Merit Badges, Service, and Awards
Work to earn the Forestry or Wilderness Survival Merit
Badges in classes.
40 to 50 Service Hours will be counted for the participants such that they can put them toward individual advancement and the Lodges may count them toward National Service Hours.
Elements of the Hornaday Award will be available.
Silver Dollar City Theme Park
Enjoy 30 fun-filled rides and attractions at Silver Dollar City
Theme Park. At speeds up to 66 miles per hour, the WildFireâ„¢--a
high-flying, multi-looping, cobra-rolling coaster will leave you
breathless. Try the PowderKegÂ®, an explosive roller coaster that
sends riders into a thrill zone within seconds of climbing
aboard, launching from 0 to 53 miles per hour in just 2.8
seconds. See demonstrating craftsmen and enjoy lunch at one of
the many restaurants in the park.
White-Water Water Park Take
a break and dive into an ultimate water-filled playground! With
two million gallons of water-drenched indulgence, White Water
water park is an aquatic oasis. Thrill lovers will find plenty
of fast-paced rides and 5,000 feet of slides. Enjoy these rides
and attractions plus so much more! From water-blasters,
speed-slides and twisting typhoons to great geysers and lil'
soakers, there are water-wonderful rides for everyone at this
outdoor waterpark! Try the 7.5 story, 6-lane, multi-level thrill
slide and freefall 75 feet down the 300-foot long drop slides as
you body surf at speeds over 40 mph! Or earn speed-demon status
when you race your friends on the 4-lane multi-drop mat racing
slides, traveling over 25 mph and 312 feet to the finish line.
Either way you go, you'll have a spine tingling, heart-pounding,
bone-chilling, wild and wet ride to the bottom!
Fly Fishing Try your hand
at fly fishing in a clean, cold stream stocked with mature, hard
fighting Rainbow Trout. How many times do you have this kind of
opportunity! Donâ€™t pout, catch a trout!
Horseback Riding Enjoy
trail rides on the back of a spirited horse! Ride along long
forgotten logging roads from the 1700's, visit old homesteads,
and experience places unreachable by motor vehicle. Traversing
these backcountry trails with give you a whole new view on
countryside untouched by human hands. So saddle up, relax and
enjoy the ride!
Canoeing Float down the
rivers and backchannels in the beautiful foothills of the
Ozarks! This is a picturesque day trip that surely wonâ€™t
disappoint and is sure to bring a smile and a cooling adventure
to the Mark Twain AC5 experience.
BassPro/Wilsonâ€™s Creek National
Battlefield Enjoy a day trip to the headquarters of
BassPro Shops in Springfield, Missouri and an excursion to
Wilsonâ€™s Creek National Battlefield, the site of the first major
Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River, and the
scene of the death of Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union general
killed in combat. The Wilson's Creek Civil War Museum contains
an outstanding collection of artifacts relating to the war west
of the Mississippi, including the sword belt and sash of
Arkansas General Patrick Cleburne and the flag of the
Confederate "Cherokee Braves."
Afternoon Activities after 3PM
Complete the requirements for the Forestry Merit Badge and
Wilderness Survival Merit Badge Swimming Games such as flag
football, volleyball, Frisbee golf Displays and demos such as
fly fishing instructions, birds of prey, and Leave No Trace.