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A Trail Talks Presentation
Take control of your volunteer program's future!
|The health of our trails and public lands depends on volunteers – they are the sustaining force behind trail building and maintenance. The volunteer landscape is changing though. Organizations are faced with new demands from a base that wants more episodic opportunities instead of long-term commitments and is multi-generational with varying desires. Many volunteer frameworks no longer maximize volunteers’ work and experience – or maybe they never did. How do you course correct? By conducting a volunteer program assessment that uncovers current volunteer needs.
This session will help you take control of your volunteer program’s future by teaching you how to plan and implement a successful assessment that will solicit both qualitative and quantitative data. We’ll discuss how to utilize data collected to create change that will ensure the community you’ve built over the years is happy, strong and sustained through the years.
This manual has been written to aid crew leaders working with trail work volunteers. It assumes the following priorities, in order of importance, for every volunteer trail work event: 1) Safety, 2) Enjoyment, 3) Quality product, 4) Productivity.
As a crew leader you represent the CTF. One of your main jobs is to convey the CTF’s thanks to the volunteers for their commitment to making and preserving The Colorado Trail as a national treasure.
Outdoor leadership skills can be developed and improved over time through a combination of self-study, formal training and experience. Leadership trainings are offered frequently by volunteers and staff of the AMC. The trainings range from a single day to a weekend. If you are looking for additional training, the AMC offers several courses each season through the Guided Outdoors program.
This manual was created to accompany the Crew Leader training program developed by the Ozark Trail Association (OTA). It serves as an aid to volunteer Crew Leaders working with other volunteers to build and maintain single-track natural surface trails in the Ozarks region of Missouri. This manual is designed to serve as a baseline for trail construction and maintenance and as an introduction to leading small groups of volunteers on natural surface trail construction and maintenance events.