“One day’s exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books.” - John Muir
The A/C Conference is a weekend event that is focused on our Adventurers (12 – 15 years old) and our Challengers (15 – 18 years old). The Conference involves outdoor and personal skill development targeting teens that may include: carving, compassing, out-trip planning, public speaking, meeting procedures, and travel. In addition, it could offer education on resource management and environmental issues, and post secondary opportunities for study.
What truly sets this Conference apart is the fact that it is planned and facilitated by the teens themselves. Working with JFW adult volunteers to help guide the process, the ACs work using Conference and sub-committees to develop the theme and budget, research venues, book instructors and contract service providers, write the promotional information, handle registration, and plan the weekend event for themselves. This process gives them a great sense of accomplishment, and encourages them as future volunteers in the program.
Gather with old friends and new, gain new skills and experiences. A highlight of the weekend is the famous Costume Dance. Time to bring out the cameras!