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THOG - Code of Conduct

By participating in THOG activities or using the THOG website, members and their guests agree
to abide by our “Code of Conduct” and our safety policy.

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
event. This includes but is not limited to appropriate footwear, adequate food and water,
appropriate clothing and rain gear. If uncertain regarding event requirements, the member
should consult an organizer associated with that event.
3) Members are required 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, THOG organizers, and the general
public.
6) Members are expected to understand and comply with the Code of Conduct and Safety
Policy.

Respecting other members
7) Members sign up for THOG expecting that their privacy and personal boundaries will be
respected. The focus of THOG is on outdoor activities, thus, members should use the THOG
messaging system (e.g. e‐mail) for THOG business only (e.g. event planning, carpool planning,
etc).
8) Members will not harass, stalk, or otherwise offer unsolicited attention on the THOG website
or at THOG events.
9) Members will not promote unaffiliated businesses or organizations, or actively solicit business
on the THOG website or at THOG events except as approved by the board.

RSVPs/Sign-ups
10) Members are expected to carefully read the event description prior to signing up for that
event.
11) Members are expected to RSVP "yes" for all trips they plan to attend. Members will not
"crash" an event or "just show up."
12) 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. Changing your RSVP from "yes" to "no" is
not sufficient notification.
13) Members are responsible for their guest’s RSVP. No guests are permitted without an RSVP. If
a guest does not show, the "no show" may be assessed to the THOG member.

Financial responsibilities
14) Members are expected to promptly pay for any event costs when requested.
15) Event participants are encouraged to minimize costs by sharing expenses (e.g. carpooling,
overnight accommodations, food, etc.). Participants are expected to reimburse their portion of
the shared expenses during the event or as otherwise arranged.
16) If an event so requires, event participants are responsible for making the necessary
arrangements with an outfitter or business as described by the event description. Participants
are also expected to be familiar with the outfitter's (or business') policies, including any
cancellation policy.

At the event(s)
17) Members are expected to actively participate, and be a team-player.
18) Members engaging in negative or disruptive behavior may be asked to leave the event.
19) If children are permitted at an event, the minor must be accompanied and supervised by the
parent or guardian at all times.
20) 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 dispose of any waste properly.
21) Members are expected to stay with the group at all times until the conclusion of the event
unless otherwise agreed upon.
22) If a member needs to leave the event prior to the conclusion of the event, the member must
notify the event organizer prior to leaving the group.
23) Members should report any concerns and issues promptly to the event organizer.
24) Members engaging in reckless or careless behavior may be asked to leave the event and may
be subject to further disciplinary action.
25) Whenever possible members are expected to follow the principles of “ Leave no Trace ” :
http://www.LNT.org/...

TRIP PARTICIPANT WAIVER OF LIABILITY

I fully realize that this activity involves a risk of personal injury, property damage, or loss of my person or property. I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, and same for persons with whom are in my party, waive and release any claims or rights against Triangle Hiking & Outdoors Group (THOG), all of its owners and coordinators for any and all injury, damages or loss to my person or property incurred during this activity. I also understand that THOG organizers are not required, nor should it be assumed that they are CPR/First Aid/Wilderness Survival Certified and I am responsible for my own personal safety.

Your RSVP indicates release of liability as indicated in the TRIP PARTICIPANT WAIVER OF LIABILITY above.

Approved by THOG Board and updated 12/30/2015

Table of Contents

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THOG - Code of Conduct December 30, 2015 3:57 PM Triangle Hiking & O.
New Member FAQ December 30, 2015 4:03 PM Triangle Hiking & O.
About Triangle Hiking and Outdoors Group December 30, 2015 3:56 PM Triangle Hiking & O.

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