September 22, 2012 · 9:00 AM
THIS IS NOT AN EVENT -it is a repeating announcement that we need volunteers to organize and lead events. Please RSVP "yes" here only if you are interested in leading or organizing an event for this group. There is no minimum commitment although we do ask that you consider leading at least 6 events per year.
We need event leaders for:
- Monthly socials
- Water Sports: kayaking, paddling, white water rafting, windsurfing
- Snow sports: skiing, snow showing, snow boarding, cross country skiing
- City walks, outdoor concerts and events
- Fun creative trips like a trip to the coast to go clamming or crabbing or kite flying
- Just about any other outdoor or outdoor related event you can think of.
Remember: This is a 100% volunteer run social group so if no one volunteers the events can't happen.
Limitations: Since we don't charge dues we don't have money to buy insurance coverage so we don't organize are high risk sports like para-sailing, skydiving, base jumping, bouldering, winter back country trips when and where there are avalanche risks and rock climbing (We might consider higher risk events if done with a professional guide who carries insurance).
Qualifications: You should have enough prior experience with the event that you want to organize that you can safely lead others in that event. Some events are easy and really don't require much.
For any wilderness trips: you should know the geographical area you are going to be exploring from either prior experience or because you have done your research about it (talked to other people that know the area including US forest service personnel or park rangers that work the area, read descriptions, bought maps, etc.) Even if you know the area, you need to get updates on road and weather conditions and update your trip plans accordingly. While first aid training is not required it is preferred if you have first aid training. Be prepared to carry basic survival and first aid supplies. Set up a contact plan with someone who will report you missing if you don't check in at a certain time.
Not all events require complex skills or high levels of fitness. Leading casual local walks in Forest Park, around the city, visiting parks or even hikes on well known trails like in the Columbia Gorge can be fun, safe, and not too physically challenging, perfect for new leaders and people with moderate fitness levels. Events can be more social like outdoor concerts or picnics. You don't have to be young or a tri-athelon star - you get to set the event that fits your physical level and tell people what to expect. You pick the time and date that fits your schedule. Don't worry about finding other folks, there is always somebody who has time to join you and we have a very big membership.
So if you are interested - please RSVP "yes" with a comment about what you would like to organize and a little about yourself and what your prior experience is that relates to the trip or event you are thinking about doing.