Join our 2021 Ground Crew, be a Hike Leader or Sweeper. All volunteers receive a free Hike-A-Thon shirt. Your volunteer application serves as your registration – you do NOT need to register for the event if you have submitted a volunteer application.
Not able to hike but still want to help? Join the Ground Crew!
This is a very important group of non-hiking volunteers whose main responsibility is to check-in participants and remain at the base of the trail to greet hikers as they finish. Ground Crew members are also the point of contact for Hike Leaders and Sweepers in case of injuries on the trail or if any hikers need to turn back early. Teams of Ground Crew members are stationed at the largest and most challenging sites, and assist with setting up and breaking down the check-in stations.
Each site has team of Hike Leaders who lead participants on the trail and Sweepers who bring up the end and make sure no one gets left behind. A Sweeper may be required to assist a hiker who needs to return to the trailhead due to injury or ill-health.
Hike Leaders and Sweepers must be familiar with the trail system and be experienced in leading groups. Certification in CPR and/or wilderness first aid is a bonus. Leaders at paddling sites must be skilled at canoeing and/or kayaking and have experience leading groups on the water.
This year’s After-Party will be held at the Bolton Conservation Park, 11 am – 2 pm.
Volunteers are needed for set-up and breakdown, as well as to staff tables during the party (1-hour shifts). Specific tasks may include setting up tents and tables, putting out signage, directing parking, greeting guests, and selling merchandise.
Because of the overlapping time, if you help with set-up here, you will not be able to help on a hike; however, you may sign up to assist during the After-Party when you’ve completed your hike or paddle, or for break-down.