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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I attend an ICO Outing as a Guest to see if I like it?

  2. Yes – Absolutely. We request that you sign the Code of Ethics agreement (located on our website on the volunteering page) assuring us that you understand your role as an adult volunteer on our trips. Read it, sign it, and give it to the Trip Leader on the day of the outing. You can be a guest twice before we will ask you to formalize your relationship with ICO (i.e. complete our application and get finger printed).

  3. What requirements do I have to meet to be a full-fledged Volunteer on an ICO Outing?

  4. You can be a legitimate ICO Volunteer as soon as you have done the following:

    1. complete the ICO forms: ICO Application, Volunteer Agreement, and Code of Ethics
    2. submit the fingerprint background check

    Information about the above requirements, as well as related forms can be found on the volunteering page.

  5. What does it mean to “Assist” on an ICO Outing?

  6. Assisting on a trip means that you will be helping the Leader with everything from planning and scouting, to conducting the trip, to completing the post-trip forms. It’s up to you and the Leader to determine exactly what responsibilities you will take. It’s best to contact the leader as soon as possible after the trip date has been set. By doing so, you two can discuss what your optimal role as “Assistant” will be. The more you do, the more you learn, the more experience you get, the better leader you will be when it comes time to lead your first trip.

  7. When can I officially be an Assistant on an ICO Outing?

  8. You can be an Assistant as soon as you have done the following:

    1. complete the ICO forms: ICO Application, Volunteer Agreement, and Code of Ethics
    2. pass the fingerprint background check

    Information about the above requirements, as well as related forms can be found on the volunteering page.

  9. What do I need to do to become an ICO Leader?

  10. You can be an ICO Leader as soon as you have completed the requirements to be an Assistant and, in addition, have done the following:

    1. Assist on two ICO outings
    2. Take the ICO Leader Training
    3. Become certified in either 1st Aid/CPR or Wilderness First Aid
    4. Lead and pass one evaluated “check-out” hike (evaluated by a current ICO leader)

    Information about the above requirements, as well as related forms can be found on the volunteering page.

  11. Can I volunteer with ICO even if I don’t want to work with youth?

  12. Yes! We have many administrative functions that need support. Contact Bill Tayler for more details.


All of the forms mentioned above can be found on our website on the volunteering page. Clear as mud? :)

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS??? If you still have questions, please email Allan Fein or call 858-449-3333 for more information.

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