We rely on a huge, dedicated team of volunteers to make the Hike-A-Thon happen. You can be part of this team – join our 2020 Ground Crew, be a Hike Leader or Sweeper. All volunteers receive a free Hike-A-Thon shirt.
Ground Crew: The Ground Crew 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. A team of Ground Crew members will be stationed at the largest and most challenging sites, and will assist with setting up and breaking down the check-in stations.
Hike Leaders and Sweepers: Each site will have a 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 trail head 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.
After-Party: We need some help setting up the after-party at the Bolton Conservation Park. 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 after your hike or paddle, or for break-down. Assistance needed to set up tents and tables, put out signage, direct parking, greet guests, and sell merchandise. Break-down assistance also needed. The after-party will run from 11 am to 3 pm; set-up expected to take place starting at 9 am. Volunteers may work in shifts.
Volunteer Meeting: All volunteers are expected to attend a pre-event meeting on the morning of Saturday, June 20, to go over the event schedule, safety protocols and other event details, as well as to pick up event materials and supplies.
Our Volunteer Application will be available in February. Please check back then!