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The 4 Steps To Becoming an ICO Volunteer

  1. Join the Sierra Club!
    Please contact Allan Fein for your application.

  2. Attend a New Volunteer Orientation.
    All meetings are held at the Sierra Club Office:

    8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 101
    San Diego, CA 92111
    Review our calendar page for dates and times.

  3. Complete the ICO Application Packet.
    (available in both PDF PDF document and Word Word document)

    Send it to our Volunteer Coordinator:
    Allan Fein
    -- ICO Volunteer Coordinator
    33272 Vermont Road
    Temecula, CA 92592

Requirements for Volunteers and Leaders
(working with youth):

The following table illustrates the detailed requirements for volunteering, becoming a leader, assisting, and being a guest on an ICO outing.

Requirement Volunteer Leader Assistant Guest
Be At Least 18 Years of Age Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sierra Club Membership Yes Yes Yes No (6)
Signed Volunteer Application Yes Yes Yes No (6)
Signed Code of Ethics Yes Yes Yes Yes (6)
Signed Volunteer Agreement Yes Yes Yes No (6)
Background Check Yes (1) Yes (1) Yes (1) No (6)
Good driving record (DMV record) Yes (2) Yes (2) Yes (2) No (6)
1st Aid /CPR or Wilderness 1st Aid No Yes Must be planned No (6)
SD ICO Leader Training No Yes Must be planned No (6)
Qualified in skill for trip No Yes Yes No (6)
Assist on at least two trips No Yes (3) Must be in process No (6)
Lead 'checkout' trip No Yes
No No (6)


  1. The Background Check RESULTS are required for all Leaders, Assistants, and Drivers, as well as, any ICO volunteer on an overnight trip. The Background Check SUBMISSION is required for all Volunteers who have attended more than two hikes as a Guest and plan to attend more in the future. Contact Allan Fein (858-449-3333) to submit to a Background Check.
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  2. A clean DMV driving record is required if you are driving children on an ICO outing.
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  3. You should assist with two different leaders.
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  4. To qualify for overnight, you must lead an evaluated overnight.
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  5. On the checkout trip an ICO Leader will evaluate you. You must demonstrate your ability to organize, and to lead, relate to and keep up with participants.
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  6. To attend an ICO outing as a guest, you must sign the ICO Code of Ethics and must have either attended an ICO Orientation, or have a recommendation from an existing ICO Volunteer or Leader.

    Note that Guests are not allowed to attend overnight trips!

    If a recommendation has been given, the guest must discuss what the responsibilities of an ICO Volunteer (guests will be considered volunteers on the trip) will be on the outing with the trip leader. The guest must also have a clear understanding of what it means to be a role model to the youth and what appropriate conduct is with children.

    A person can only attend ICO trips as a Guest twice!

    The purpose of our Guest program is to determine if ICO is a mutual fit for you. Once you have determined if ICO is something you'd like to pursue, please complete the paperwork and get your finger printing done as soon as possible. You will not be able to volunteer on an outing without those requirements being met (see the Requirements Table above).
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To Remain an Active ICO Volunteer
(determined on a yearly basis):

    Do one of the following:
    1. Serve on a committee, or
    2. Attend two hikes per year, or
    3. Attend two meetings per year.

To Remain an Active ICO Leader
(determined on a yearly basis):

    Lead at least one ICO outing per year.

Volunteer Requirements
(not working with youth):

    The only requirement of an ICO Volunteer, who does not work with youth, is that he/she has a Sierra Club membership and has completed the ICO Application.

Questions About Requirements?