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Triangle Hiking and Outdoors Group Message Board (PUBLIC) THOG Official Announcements › THOG Code of Conduct - Updated November 12, 2009

THOG Code of Conduct - Updated November 12, 2009

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Triangle Hiking & ...
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Raleigh, NC
Post #: 49
Triangle Hiking and Outdoors Group (aka THOG) is a free, volunteer-run organization that is based in the Raleigh/Durham, NC area. THOG membership is open to any adult over the age of 21 years old. Although the majority of our members live in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill (aka Triangle area), we have no residency requirements and we have active members living all over the Southeastern United States.

By participating in THOG activities or using the THOG website, members agree to abide by our "Code of Conduct":

General policies
1) Members are expected to maintain a positive attitude and have fun!
2) Members are expected to be prepared and have appropriate gear and equipment for the outing. This includes but is not limited to appropriate footwear, adequate food and water, appropriate clothing and rain gear.
3) Members are expected to abide by all park regulations and follow local, state and federal laws
4) Members are responsible for their own actions and behaviors
5) Members are expected to respect their fellow members, event leaders and group organizers
6) Members are expected to actively participate, and be a team-player

Respecting other members
Members sign up for THOG on good faith that their privacy and personal boundaries will be respected. We do outdoor activities to "escape" from the hustle and bustle of everyday like. The focus of THOG is on outdoor activities, thus,
7) Members should use the THOG messaging system (ie e-mail) for THOG business only (ie event planning, carpool planning, etc).
8) Members will not harass, stalk, or bother other members on the THOG website or at THOG events.
9) Members will not promote other businesses or organizations or actively solicit business on the THOG website or at THOG events.
10) Members will refrain from discussing potential controversial topics such as religion or politics at THOG events.

11) Members are expected to carefully read the event description for events they RSVP for.
12) Members are expected to RSVP "yes" for all trips they plan to attend.
13) Members will not "crash" an event or "just show up."
14) If a last-minute emergency prevents a member from attending a trip they signed up for, it is their responsibility to directly contact the organizer (ie changing your RSVP from "yes" to "no" is insufficient notification)
15) Members are responsible for their guest RSVP. If a guest does not show, the "no show" may be assessed to the THOG member.

Financial responsibilities
16) Members are expected to promptly reimburse the event leader for any shared group expenses.
17) If carpooling, members should reimburse the driver a reasonable amount for gas expenses. A suggested amount is often posted on the event description or announced at the carpool location.
18) When making a reservation with an outfitter or business, the member should obtain a confirmation number and be familiar with the cancellation policy of the outfitter/business.

At the event(s)
19) Members should refrain from unnecessary criticism of event details and itinerary. Please remember that our events are designed for the enjoyment of the group, rather than catering to a specific individual's wants or needs.
20) If children are permitted at an event, the minor must be accomplied and supervised by the parent or legal guardian at all times.
21) If dog(s) are permitted at an event, the dog must be kept on a leash < 6 feet long and under owner control at all times. Additionally, the owner must bring a "poop" bag and clean up after the dog.
22) Members are expected to stay with the group at all times until the conclusion of the event.
23) If a member needs to leave the event prior to the conclusion of the event, the member must notify and receive acknowledgement from the event leader prior to leaving the group.
24) Members should report any concerns and issues promptly to the event leader.

Approved October 01, 2009
Posted November 12, 2009
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