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Hawk Mountain Search And Rescue School

Update for 2024: Hawk Mountain will take place as a local Wing activity open to cadets from across the country.

Click here to learn more about this activity.

 

About the Activity:

Hawk Mountain Ranger School has a proud history of providing outstanding SAR and emergency services training. The school is conducted outdoors in the mountains of Pennsylvania under mission field conditions and is very physically demanding. Curriculum includes but not limited to: navigation, search techniques & equipment, communication skills, woodsmanship, campsite selection & equipment, first aid, patient evacuation, specialized equipment, health & nutrition, and survival skills. In addition to the practical skills, leadership and character development also are emphasized.

Contact for Activity: HawkMountain@cap.gov

Website for Activityhttps://www.capranger.org and select "Summer School." Find us on Facebook, too.

Eligibility Requirements:

Note: Cadets enrolled in Cadets Wings are not eligible for national cadet special activities until they have completed or disenrolled from the program.

Participants:

Completed Encampment and credit recorded in eServices at time of application
Select course on Hawk Mountain website, https://www.capranger.org, under "Summer School" to see prerequisites.

Staff:

Cadets:
Completed Encampment and credit recorded in eServices at time of application
Completed "Ranger Staff Training" course
Select course on Hawk Mountain website, https://www.capranger.org, under "Summer School" to see prerequisites.

 

Senior Members: 
Completed "Ranger Staff Training" course
Select course on Hawk Mountain website, https://www.capranger.org, under "Summer School" to see prerequisites.

How to Apply

Use the "Apply Online" link here or on the ncsas.com homepage to connect you to eServices' Registration and Payment System.  Applicants will need to complete the application to include uploading the following documents in PDF format to the supplemental tab of their eServices application.  All staff must apply via eServices, or they will not receive credit for the activity in their records. For staff applicants, you will be contacted to let you know whether or not you have not been selected. Applications will be accepted from 1 December onward.  To be considered for priority placement status, the completed application including supplemental documents must be submitted by 15 January.  Applications submitted after 15 January are accepted but are marked "late" and will be considered AFTER all applications submitted before the deadline. Priority timelines do not apply to staff applications.

***** The deadline for applying for the school is June 1.  However, slotting will begin in late February.  Apply early to ensure your choice! *****

In addition, accomplish the following: 

Participants:

See https://www.capranger.org/ncsa-application-instructions for clarification on course offerings, and which event preference to place on your eServices application.
Note that a supplemental to the application is required.  Access the link to the most current form on the Hawk Mountain website application instructions page. 

Staff: 

Cadets:
See https://www.capranger.org/ncsa-application-instructions for clarification on course numbering
Note that a supplemental to the application is required.  Access the link to the most current form on the Hawk Mountain website application instructions page. 

Senior Members: 
See https://www.capranger.org/ncsa-application-instructions for clarification on course numbering
Note that a supplemental to the application is required.  Access the link to the most current form on the Hawk Mountain website application instructions page. 

 


Important Information:

Use the following course numbers to verify you are selecting the correct activity in the eServices "Preferences" tab of your application.  Activities appear alphabetically, but will have the course number next to them in the tab. You can download a sortable spreadsheet on the ncsas.com homepage for a complete listing of activity course numbers. If you can't see the course number on your device, try changing the zoom on the page.

  • eServices Short Name: HMRS Full Week    

  • Cadet Participant Course #: 459

  • Staff Participant Course #: 320

  • Activity Full Name: Hawk Mountain Search & Rescue School Full Week Course

 

  • eServices Short Name: HMRS Half Week    

  • Cadet Participant Course #: 460

  • Staff Participant Course #: 320

  • Activity Full Name: Hawk Mountain Search & Rescue School Half Week Course

 

  • eServices Short Name: HMRS Field Medic    

  • Cadet Participant Course #: 206

  • Staff Participant Course #: 320

  • Activity Full Name: Hawk Mountain Search & Rescue School- Field Medic Staff Training Course

Financial Support:

Go to the eServices CadetInvest Module and apply for Cadet Lift and Take-Off Program Cadet (TOP), to be considered for needs-based financial assistance or NCSA scholarships.  Also apply for flight scholarships. These programs are designed to offset costs associated with attending some NCSAs, as well as flight academies. They include payment of your activity fees and transportation to and from the activity. Go to the CadetInvest pages for more details. Deadline to apply for scholarships and financial assistance is 31 December. Being offered financial assistance is not a guarantee of acceptance into an activity. You must compete for and receive a slot at an activity. You will be notified if you are a recipient of financial aid/scholarship before you are required to accept or decline a slot at an activity.  

Graduation Requirements 

  • Actively participate in 80% of the contact hours and not dismissed early for behavior

  • Activity Director determines course objectives met

Travel

  • Activity Staff will provide transportation between Lehigh Valley International Airport, Allentown, PA (ABE) or the Allentown, PA bus station and the activity location.

  • Required Staff Training on 007/07/2023 20:00 local time.

 

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