There are a variety of ways to participate in Tucson ICO. Outing leaders, club officers, outreach volunteers, fund-raising specialists and donors of equipment and/or money are needed to keep ICO going. More and more outings are conducted each year, and we currently have more groups interested in getting their kids involved than we can handle month to month. If you have a deserving group that you would like to take outdoors, you can become a Sierra Club ICO Leader and use our resources to lead trips for your group. You can help meet the increase in demand by volunteering to become an ICO volunteer, or by donating any resources that you or your company can afford.
Getting involved is easy
3 ways you can help
- VOLUNTEER: You can best get involved by helping out on trips. Or you can help keep the organization functioning by maintaining equipment, publishing the newsletter, fundraising, etc.
- CERTIFIED DAY HIKE LEADER: You lead day hikes with small groups of youth or adults, or on overnight car camp trips. You work with an agency to form the group. You plan the trip location, route, the transportation, gear and the ICO volunteer staffing. You work with the agency to plan the day and time, and distribute the permission slips. You are responsible for ICO paperwork for the trip.
- CERTIFIED BACKPACK LEADER: You conduct overnight trips in the backcountry, with small groups of youth or adults. You plan the trip location, route, transportation, gear and ICO volunteer staffing. The agency is responsible for forming the group, informing participants about trip requirements, and collecting money (as needed) for expenses from participants. You work with the agency contact to plan the trip. You are responsible for ICO paperwork for the trip.
- Attend three or more monthly "ICO get-togethers" each year
- Participate in three or more outings per year or be active in our ICO Community by:
- Being a member of a working committee
- Performing an ICO "administrative job" (such as Chair, Treasurer, Calendar Coordinator, Equipment Site Manager, etc.)
- Organizing or participating in an ICO fundraising event or activity
In order to have access to ICO resources (i.e., money, equipment, trip calendar, etc.) ICO Leaders must meet the following requirements:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Have current and appropriate First Aid certification
- Standard First Aid for Day Hike and Car-Camping
- 16-hour Wilderness First Aid for Backpacking
- All ICO volunteer forms signed and on file:
- Pass a background check and DMV check (if you are a driver)
- Be familiar with the Sierra Club's Outings Leader Handbook and the ICO Leader Training Manual
- Complete the Outings Leader Training* (see note below)
- Assist on at least one ICO outing
- Provisionally Lead at least two outings and receive a positive evaluation by each Mentor Leader. ("Provisionally Lead" means to lead the trip with two different Certified ICO Leaders "Mentor Leader".)
- Receive approval to lead outings from ICO experienced leaders
- Have a thorough understanding of the responsibilities of ICO volunteers, agency personnel, and the participants
- Have solid outing participant skills appropriate for the activities of the trip
- File trip reports in a timely fashion
Volunteers with significant outdoor leadership experience can lead two trips with certified leaders and get signed off to become a leader.
Enhance leadership skills
It is encouraged to enhance leadership skills by having wilderness specific first aid training [Wilderness First Aid and First Responder] and participating in leader training programs designed to offer knowledge of interpersonal and behavioral problems that may occur on an ICO trip.
find more info
The Sierra Club offers many helpful resouces to ICO volunteers. The Clubhouse is one such resource that requires a user name and password to view the information. Active volunteers may access it here: clubhouse.sierraclub.org/outings/ico.