Is there an emergency contact number for the
We have set up an emergency contact number that can be
used to contact Bridger-Teton Participants or Staff while they are at the
project. This number will be for emergencies only. The number will be active
from July 23 until August 2nd.
Given the nature of the ArrowCorp5 Bridger-Teton project, callers should be
ready to leave their name, a message, and a call back number. Depending on where
the participant or staff member is at the time of the call, it may take several
hours to get them the message. If they are at one of the remote project sites,
it may take 12 to 24 hours to get them to a telephone where they may return the
The Bridger-Teton emergency contact number will be: 507-396-4270
Please do not try to call this number before July 23 or after August 2nd.
When calling, please have ready the person's name, council (not lodge) name, and
council number. This will help us contact the person sooner.
Note: While most numbers in the Jackson, WY area have a 307 area code, the
phone number we are using for our emergency contact number has a 507 area code.
This is not a typo, the correct area code for the number is indeed 507.
Is there any benefit to registering early in the day,
say in the morning, versus later in the afternoon?
We expect that the vast majority of participants will
arrive in the afternoon, due to plane schedules and driving time. If you come in
the morning, you will be less likely to encounter lines and waits (although
there may still be peak times that are quite busy, such as when a large group
from an airplane flight arrives all at once)
Our contingent will not be traveling together. Are we
required to register together at the same time or can we register as each of our
carloads arrive in Jackson?
While it makes some things easier to have an entire
contingent register at the same time, it is not required. However, if there are
any questions about payments due, no contingent members will be able to complete
their registration until the fee problems are resolved. This may cause some
early arriving members to have to wait until the contingent leader arrives with
a check or proof of payment to resolve the issue. Some other issues might also
require a contingent leader to resolve (youth/adult tenting issues, etc.). In
addition, campsite assignments require the adult contingent leader. If others
arrive earlier, they will need to wait for the contingent leader before setting
If I am unable to attend ArrowCorps5 after registering, can I receive a refund?
No. Due to the nature and scope of the project, it is not possible to issue refunds.
However, another OA member who meets the ArrowCorps5 requirements can take your spot. Just
make sure his name is substituted for yours when your contingent arrives on site.
Please DO NOT contact the National office concerning this issue; instead contact
our registration director send an email to
How much will it cost to participate in Bridger-Teton?
The registration fee for ArrowCorps5 is $250. A non-refundable $100 deposit per individual
is due with the lodge contingent registration. After May 1, 2008, the fee is
$300. All participants must register through their local council.
What if our Council wants to attend two different service sites?
Councils can send more than one contingent. Council members not going to a site
where their council contingent is attending can also attend other work sites
by traveling with another local contingent. Section and region coordinators
may work with contingent coordinators to arrange transportation for Arrowmen
traveling to any ArrowCorps5 site they desire.
Are adults allowed to attend ArrowCorps5?
Yes, both youth and adults are strongly encouraged to attend any ArrowCorps5
location. This is the best opportunity for adults to have a high adventure program
experience. However, every youth and adult must be physically fit to attend.
If this list of FAQ did not answer my question, who do I contact?
You can send your unanswered questions in the form of an e-mail to
(the official e-mail address for the Bridger- Teton ArrowCorps5 project). You will receive a response as soon as an answer is available.
Will I be able to wash clothes during the week?
No. There will not be a opportunity to wash clothes during the week.
Think of a Philmont Trek when planning how much clothing to
pack - except remember to think "layers for the potentially large
Will the Arrowmen based in Jackson use the high school showers and
No. There will be too many participants for the high school
facilities to handle. There will be outdoor showers and porta-potties
on site at Jackson High School.
Will it be hot or cold at the Bridger-Teton project?
There was snowfall in at Bridger-Teton in early June. You need to
think "layers" when packing for ArrowCorps5. It might be 85 degrees in the
afternoon and 15 degrees that night.
I have special dietary needs. What should I do?
Breakfast and Lunch will be Philmont Trail meals each day. Each evening
meal will be cooked. If you have dietary concerns that are medical in
nature, you must note it on your medical form and bring it to the attention
of the medical staff at registration when you arrive on site. If your
dietary concerns are non-medical in nature, they may not be able to
be accommodated due to the scope and nature of the ArrowCorps5 project.
How will meals be served?
Breakfast and lunch will be "trail" meals, with both handed out in
the morning. Participants will carry the lunch meal with them to eat
on trail. Two meals are packed per package, so each pair of people will
share one meal package. Each night a hot, freshly cooked dinner will
be served. Water will available continuously at camp and will be made
accessible at all times during the day on the trail.
Will there be water available for washing hands and brushing teeth?
Yes there will be water for these purposes. Participants should consider
having a small bottle of hand sanitizer too.
What will the toilet facilities be like at the Bridger-Teton project
Portable toilets will be at each of the camping locations and project
sites. Cat holes may be necessary while
working in remote areas. More information and directions will be provided
during your training and
Where will participants be sleeping?
All participants will be sleeping in tents. A jamboree style camp will
be located near Jackson High School. All participants will be camping
at Jackson on Saturday, July 26, 2008. Participants assigned to the
Dutch Joe and Goosewing project sites will depart on Sunday, July 27th
and will camp at those sites. You should plan on two persons per tent
and plan to bring your own tentage.
Will there be showers?
We will have very limited shower facilities at the Jackson command
post. There will be no showers at the remote sites. We are looking for
ways to provide showers. We strongly recommend that each participant
considers bringing and using a waterless body wash or shampoo such as
"No Rinse" to keep you clean and smelling good.
What is the "uniform" for the evening after project work hours?
The Scout activity uniform with ArrowCorps5 or other Scout appropriate shirt
would be appropriate. Shorts or long pants depending on preference and
When does the official Scout uniform need to be worn during the project?
The Official Scout uniform is to be worn for dinner, and the opening
Gathering on Saturday, July 26 and again for the closing dinner and
Gathering on Friday, August 1. Contingents will determine appropriate
attire for arrival and photos on Saturday July 26, and departure on
Saturday, August 2, 2008.
Will food be provided?
Yes, your meals will be provided during the project time period. The
first meal provided will be Supper on Saturday, July 26th, and the last
meal will be Breakfast on Saturday, August 2nd.
When will I know which project I will be working on?
Contingents will be assigned to projects when they arrive on site.
Individuals will be assigned to squads and crews during the same time.
Contingent members may be assigned to different crews and squads.
Will council contingents be split between more than one location?
No. All members of a council contingent will be assigned to the same
project location (Teton Pass, Goosewing or Dutch Joe).
What is the leadership structure on the trail?
ArrowCorps5 will follow the ICS structure. On the trail, individuals
will be assigned to a squad of 4-9 Arrowmen. The squad is led by a squad
leader and/or an assistant squad leader, both of whom are members of
the support staff. Two to Four squads will form a crew, which will be
led by a crew leader, who is also a member of the support staff.
What kind of first aid facilities will be available on the trail?
Each project crew will have a first aid kit and we will have trained
medical personnel at each project site. Each participant and staff member
should have their own personal first aid kit. We will be working in
wilderness locations and safety is first and foremost. Each USFS and
a number of our OA staff will have radios to reach emergency medical
services. As noted on the ArrowCorps5 medical form
- we are in remote settings
and a hospital could be hours away which is why our medical requirements
for participants and staff working in the backcountry are so important.
Is there a map of each work site that I can download to become familiar
with where I will be working and camping?
Maps of the camping and work sites will be provided as needed on
site. We are working with the USFS to determine the best locations for
our crews to provide the most effective service to Bridger-Teton.
Who is the IC and who are the Section Chiefs for the Bridger-Teton project?
Here are ICS leaders for Bridger-Teton:
Incident Commander - Dan Segersin
Operations Section Chief - Brian Seeton. Operations are responsible
for leading and getting the projects completed. Participants will be
organized under the Operations Section
Logistics Section Chief - Ken Davis. Logistics is responsible for
feeding, transporting, communications, housing and providing all other
support and materials for the participants and the projects.
Plans Section Chief - Andy Martin. Plans are responsible for documenting
the plans that are to be executed in accomplishing the BT project goals.
Finance/Administration Section Chief - Bill Lenker. Responsible for
all financial matters, trading post operations, registration and promoting
How is the project organized?
The project is being organized under the Incident Command System
(ICS) structure. The ICS structure is commonly used to manage events
or situations such as forest fires. The use of the ICS allows us to
use a structure the USFS is familiar with. The lead volunteer for the
project is called the Incident Commander and his key leaders are called
How will participants be assigned to the different projects?
The largest number of participants will be assigned to the Teton Pass
project. Approximately 300 participants and staff will be assigned to
the Goosewing and Dutch Joe fence removal projects. If a contingent
would like to request to be assigned to one of the fence removal projects
we will try to accommodate that request but we can't guaranty you will
get that project. The needs of USFS projects must come first.
What is a JHA?
Have you every seen or heard of a JHA? No, it's not a Jumbo Hot Apple
pie baked only at Philmont Scout Ranch. It's a Job Hazard Analysis and
it is created and used to keep people safe while performing a job. In
this case, a JHA has been written to make sure you are safe while being
of service at Bridger-Teton.
Here is how a JHA works: first each job is reviewed step by step
and all the steps are written down. Then all the hazards that could
happen while doing each step are written down. Last, but certainly not
least, it's determined what can be done to make each step as safe as
possible. The safety precautions may be as simple as wearing gloves
and safety glasses or making sure there is a protective cover on the
sharp edges of a bow saw blade when not in use.
When you arrive at Bridger-Teton, you will get to review a JHA for
the job you are assigned to perform. This will help you to do the job
safely and hopefully keep you from visiting the safety and medical people.
A JHA is like a recipe with all the ingredients to make a great apple
pie, if you leave out one of the main ingredients like sugar, it could
mean a big disaster in taste. Forgetting one of the ingredients to do
you job safely could result in missing out on all the fun at Bridger-Teton
due to injury. So when you arrive at camp, be sure to learn and follow
all the safe steps to make this service project a safe and favorable
experience for all of us.
What will we be doing after dinner each night?
After a hard work day everyone deserves a little bit of relaxation
and play. At each site we will be offering multiple opportunities for
fun and fellowship in the evenings. They include, plant identification,
film show, mountain man, astronomy, and much more. Each site will have
evening activities that everyone can enjoy and take part in. Or, if
you want to just gather and talk about Scouting, the OA or what a great
place you're in, that will be available too. In addition we will have
some athletic recreation options in Jackson. Be sure not to miss out
on the sweet stuff after dinners.
I heard there will be a day of recreation. How will that work?
Each participant will have one day where they will be able to participate
in a recreational activity. We will offer 5 options that participants
can choose from. The recreation options are listed on Recreational Opportunities
page on this website.
Can I leave camp during the day or at night with a buddy?
No. Participants and staff must remain at the camp with their contingents
for the duration of ArrowCorps5. There will be activities scheduled
for participants and staff in the evening after returning to camp after
working on the trail.
Will I have access to my vehicle during the week?
No. There is limited parking space at Jackson High School. Due to
the large number of vehicles, we have secured off-site parking. Your
vehicle will most likely not be located at Jackson High School. You
must plan to take everything you need for the week out of your
Will my cell phone work at B-T?
Most likely not. Cell phone reception is spotty. There may be some
weak reception near the high school, but there will definitely not
be cell phone signal in the backcountry. There will be radios on the
trail that will be in constant contact with the Jackson base for
safety and emergencies.
Will I have power available for a laptop or radio?
No. There will be power access / generators on site at each project
for basic support needs only. The use of power for personal electronics
will not be allowed. You should plan to be without internet service
while at Bridger-Teton.
Will my cell phone work at the Bridger-Teton project area?
No. Cell service is spotty and in some project areas non existent.
You should not plan on being able to use your cell phone while participating
in ArrowCorps5 at Bridger-Teton. Projects will be in constant communication
with each other and the base of operations via radio communication.
Is there anything I can not or should not bring?
Do not bring computers or other electronic devices. There will not
be power (i.e. electricity) available for participants or support staff
for personal use. Also refer to the ArrowCorps5 code of conduct.
Will there be a trading post on site at Bridger-Teton?
Yes. The items will be limited to Bridger-Teton project specific items.
The full trading post list of items for ArrowCorps5 will be available for pre-order
on the OA website. (http://tradingpost.oa-bsa.org). Items will be shipped
to you prior to ArrowCorps5. Due to lack of phone service and limited power,
the trading post is planned to only accept CASH or CHECK, NO CREDIT
CARDS. There is not an ATM on site.
The ArrowCorps5 medical form asks if I have been immunized for hepatitis A and
B. Do I need these immunizations?
No. The medical form is simply asking if you have had these immunizations.
They are not required for participation in ArrowCorps5.
What's the weather like?
Beware of avalanches on the BTNF! That is if you are planning to
visit the BTNF during the winter months. Well, so much for the wintry
Of course, the BTNF-ArrrowCorps5 project is not slated for the winter
months, but during the height of the summer months. Staff and participants
should expect BTNF's usual summer weather pattern of clear and calm
(and possibly chilly with low's in the 40's) in the morning, with clouds,
wind, (and warm - high 80's) with possible thunderstorms building up
in the afternoon. Forest Supervisor Lesley Williams says the sound of
the thunderstorms can be pretty scary, but awesome, especially as the
storm system reverberates throughout the mountains. And, you can't forget
about the associated lightening concern. Think Philmont Scout Ranch
type weather - the weather on the BTNF will be very similar.
So, we suggest you bring that nice warm fleece for the cool mornings
and be prepared for the very warm afternoons. If you are interested
in knowing more about weather in the BTNF area, please visit the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Riverton, WY web site
Is there a restriction to the type of tent I can use?
Due to space limitations and the need to be able to arrange the camp
site, please plan to use a standard "2-man tent", and plan to share it with another member of your contingent.
Large wall tents and/or family-sized tents are discouraged.
Will shelters be provided? Will I need to bring my own tent?
You will need to bring your own tent. You will be camping in or near
U.S. National Forest. So you will need to bring your own tent and everything
else you would need to be in the wilderness for a week. See the
What to Bring page
on this website for the list of what each participant needs to bring.
Will I need to bring my own tools?
No, tools will be provided for you onsite. NOTE: Some personal equipment
will be required, including gloves and personal work shoes. See the
What to Bring page
on this website for the list of what each participant needs to bring.
If I am serving as staff can I travel with my council's contingent?
All staff members must arrive by their assigned arrival date to ensure
they receive the necessary training and planning. Staff arrival dates
are before contingents arrive. If you have special requirements you
will need to send the request to your designated section chief to get
advance permission. Squad leaders and assistant squad leaders who need
to depart with the lodge contingent will be allowed to do so.
Will I be able to use my vehicle during ArrowCorps5?
No. Due to an expected large number of vehicles and limited parking,
vehicles will be parked and will not be accessible during
will be exceptions made on a case-by-case basis (i.e. medical issues,
etc.). No personal vehicles will be allowed at either Dutch Joe or the
Goosewing project location.
Is there shuttle service from the airport to the ArrowCorps5 Bridger-Teton site?
Yes, there will be a shuttle available between the Jackson airport
and the project HQ. The cost for this service will be $25 per person
round trip. Shuttles will be scheduled based on travel plans are collected
from participants and staff. See more details on the
Map and Directions
Can I arrive early if my travel plans necessitate it?
The Bridger-Tetons staff is working to make reasonable early arrival
possible if your travel plans require it. Early arrivals are not
encouraged and there will not be food service for early arrivals. If
you need to request permission for an early arrival, contact our
registration director (send an email to
Can I fly to the Bridger- Tetons ArrowCorps5 site?
Yes. There is a small airport in Jackson, WY. Flights into Jackson
are very limited. If you plan to fly to Jackson, you will need to book
those flights early. Salt Lake City, UT and Idaho Falls, ID airports
may provide more options but you will need to arrange transportation
from those airports to our Jackson base of operations.
When do lodge contingents need to arrive and
when will they leave?
You will need to arrive for contingent check-in between 9:00 am and
5:00 pm on Saturday July 26. ArrowCorps5 will officially begin with supper on
July 26. Contingents will be free to depart after breakfast on Saturday,
Can we ship some of our equipment to the Bridger-Teton project ahead
of time so we do not have to carry it with us?
Yes. The US Forest Service office has agreed to accept shipments for
people participating in the Bridger-Teton ArrowCorps5 project. Here
is the shipping address to use:
Bridger-Teton Service Project - OA
c/o Bridger Teton National Forest
Attn: Lesley Williams (for council name / council number)
25 Rosencrans Lane
Jackson, WY 83001
Make sure to clearly include your council name and council number
(not your lodge name or number) in the address so we can find the
shipment for you when you arrive.
Plan to have your shipment arrive no later than Wednesday, July 23,
so we have time to locate it and make it ready for you. Please also
send an email to our project email address
(firstname.lastname@example.org) telling us your council name and
number, the shipping company name, and the expected arrival date so
we know what shipments to look for.
If a phone number is needed for shipment, please use Lesley's office
number: (307) 739-5424. Please use this number only for shipment
address purposes, do not call it for general B-T project