Request a 2022 Volunteer Vacations Crew

Thank you for your interest in hosting a Volunteer Vacation! Please note, you will need to fill out the online application in one session and will not be able to save your work and return to a partially filled out application. You may select multiple weeks if you would like to host more than one crew. If you have further questions or need assistance, please email [email protected]

Organization Address

Liability Insurance

Due to the nature of trail work, accidents can happen.

Project Details

Easy-Moderate: Provide car-camping or indoor accommodations and day hiking up to 3 miles throughout the day. Work usually includes general trail maintenance. Moderate-Difficult: Provide car-camping or indoor accommodations with longer day hikes (4+ miles) and more demanding physical work. If backpacking is included, the hike is less than 3 miles to basecamp. The work may include heavy lifting, lots of bending, shoveling, picking, chopping, and/or sawing. Strenuous-Very Strenuous: Require backpacking more than 3 and up to 10 miles into base camp. Generally these projects are rated strenuous due to the backpacking distance and terrain or elevation. The work may include heavy lifting, lots of bending, shoveling, picking, chopping, and/or sawing.

This information will be included on our website and will help “sell” your trip to potential volunteers. It should explain the actual work that will be done during the project. Projects should not require prior trail work experience or expertise and will need to be explained thoroughly.

Trip to Base Camp

Trip to Work Site

Travel Information

Most projects are scheduled Sunday through Saturday, with volunteers arriving on Sunday afternoon, working M-F, and departing on Saturday morning. However, we can work with you to accommodate your schedule and needs. If the crew is backpacking into base camp, please consider this when choosing your arrival and departure dates.

Most projects are scheduled Sunday through Saturday, with volunteers arriving on Sunday afternoon, working M-F, and departing on Saturday morning.

Most projects are scheduled Sunday through Saturday, with volunteers arriving on Sunday afternoon, working M-F, and departing on Saturday morning.

Most volunteers will drive to the project location. Please provide a street address so people can determine if the drive is feasible from their location.

Should be scheduled for late afternoon on the arrival day.

Providing an airport shuttle makes the trip more accessible to many volunteers. It is not required, but if you are able it is encouraged.

Area & Volunteer Accommodations

Please note, we are requiring that all trips abide by safety recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please note the following requirements in the accommodations you are providing:

  • Volunteers must stay 6 feet apart on the trail, indoors, and in camp
  • For trips with indoor accommodations- beds and living spaces should be arranged to allow for proper social distancing.
  • For camping trips- tent sites should be a minimum of 10’ apart.

Describe the area and surrounding attractions of your location. Provide a description of the landscape/terrain, natural and scenic features, and recreational opportunities in the area.

We strongly recommend making a shower available to the crew at the end of the week if there is not one at the campsite/lodging.

Meals/Camp Logistics

In order to help your project go more smoothly and to give you more time planning and leading actual trail work we can assign a volunteer Crew Leader to help with camp coordination, meal planning, & food shopping.

AHS Crew Leaders provide you the following assistance: (1.)Plan Menu/Shop for Food (2.)Communicate with crew prior to trip (3.)Act as additional on-site contact for crew

COVID-19 Safety Requirements

We have created the following guidelines for all hosts to keep volunteers/staff safe and mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect (with wipes and/or spray) all frequently-touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap-and-water prior to disinfection.
  • Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.

Hygiene

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before you eat, after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Practice social distancing

  • Stay 6 feet apart on the trail, indoors, and in camp
    • For trips with indoor accommodations- beds and living spaces should be arranged to allow for proper social distancing.
    • For camping trips- tent sites should be a minimum of 10’ apart.

Cloth face coverings

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.

Meals/Food Sharing

  • No personal food or utensils should be shared.
    All need to eat at least 6 feet away from anyone who is not a member of their household.

Tool Sanitation

  • Gear and tools should only be used by one person throughout the week and cleaned and disinfected daily.
  • Volunteers must bring their own work gloves and PPE and should not share with others.