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A '''heeler''' is someone who wants to become a [[Cabin and Trail]] [[DOC Leader|leader]]
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A '''heeler''' is someone who wants to become a [[Cabin and Trail]] leader, so-named because they "follow on the heels" of the leaders.
  
We're so excited that you're interested in leading trips with us! If you have any questions, or would like to meet up to chat about the leadership process or anything else, blitz the 'CnT' account or the current Heeler Chair.
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We're excited that you're interested in leading trips with us! If you have any questions, or would like to meet up to chat about the leadership process or anything else, blitz the CnT account (cabin.and.trail(at)dartmouth.edu) or the current Heeler Chairs, Juan Miche Rosales '20, Ethan Cook '20, Lily Hanig '19, and Iris Wang '20.
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Also, you should get on the Heeler blitz list! Simply blitz the Heeler Chairs, and we'll add you.
  
 
== How to co-lead a trip ==
 
== How to co-lead a trip ==
The first and most important part of becoming a leader is to co-lead Cnt trips.
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The most important part of becoming a leader is to co-lead Cabin and Trail trips.
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How? First, find a leader to co-lead with you. You can get a list of current leaders either by blitzing CnT or the Heeler Chair. Also, we have trip planning meetings at 8:30 PM on Tuesday nights in 110 Robo that are open to anyone who might want to co-lead a trip. You just need to show up and suggest a trip - or you can ask to co-lead a trip some other leader wants to do. Leaders are always happy to have Heelers co-lead trips with them! For info on how to make the trip happen, check out [[Trip Leading Procedures]].
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After co-leading, don't forget to fill out the heeler feedback form (your co-leader will send you a copy)! These forms are an essential part of becoming a Cabin and Trail leader. Additionally, after co-leading, you should post a trip report blurb (general info, tips, points of interest) on the Cabin and Trail wiki in the [[CnT trips directory]] section. If the trip was on CnT-maintained trails, the heeler should also post a trailwork blurb on the [[Trailwork]] wiki.
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== Mentors ==
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Heelers are usually assigned mentors to help them in the process of becoming a leader. A [[Heeler mentor]] is a current Cabin and Trail leader that you can use as a resource. Typically, your mentor goes on at least one co-lead with you before you ascend. If you don't have a mentor, fill out the [https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxxNRzZddP0Vd043aDdWZzJ3aFk/edit?usp=sharing Mentor Request Form], and blitz it to the Heeler Chairs!
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==  Cabin and Trail leader requirements ==
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For the most up-to-date forms and checklists outlining the CnT leadership and certification process, please see the following four links: [https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxxNRzZddP0VUUR1VGg3X2ZSWmc/edit?usp=sharing Official CnT Leader Requirements], [https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxxNRzZddP0VT3ZwdVFPTzRFTFU/edit Leader Checklist], [https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxxNRzZddP0VM2EtNXJuX2Jjd0E/edit?usp=sharing Trip Feedback Form].
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If you plan well, the leader requirements can be completed in a term or two. However, most of the leaders in CnT take more than a year to complete the requirements. There is no rush; it is better to take more time and develop your skills. Any one can begin the leader requirements at any point, including the co-leads. Freshmen are encouraged to start soon if they feel comfortable with it! The first time you can ascend is your freshman spring.
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In order to become a leader in Cabin and Trail you must have completed the following minimum requirements while demonstrating both logistical competence and leadership ability. For the privileges granted a leader, see the end of this section.
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===Education===
  
How? First, find a leader to co-lead with you. You can get a list of current leaders either by blitzing Cnt or the Heeler Chair. Also, we have trip planning meetings at 9:30 on Monday nights in 110 Robo that are open to anyone who might want to co-lead a trip. You just need to show up and suggest a trip - or you can ask to co-lead a trip some other leader wants to do. Leaders are always happy to have Heelers co-lead trips with them!
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# Wilderness First Aid Certification, or higher. Current certification is required of all DOC leaders. The Outdoor Programs Office runs a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course through the PE department. There is a subsidy for current heelers and leaders, please contact us for further information. There are funds in the DOC available to help you if you wish to attain even higher certifications, such as Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT.
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# Group Dynamics and Risk Assessment. The DOC offers free Group Dynamics and Risk Assessment classes, usually once or twice a term. Each consists of a single session a couple hours long. Blitz the Heeler chairs for information regarding the dates for the current term. The Risk Management and Group Dynamics sessions for DOC Trips leader training do not count towards these DOC leader requirements since there is a special support system set up for Trips leaders that is not present during the rest of the year.
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# One night in a DOC cabin. DOC cabins, and their maintenance, are part of Cabin and Trail's responsibilities and are an important part of the club. Thus, all aspiring leaders must spend at least one night in a DOC cabin (whether as part of a trip, or as a co-leader on a trip).
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# Take part in a full day of trailwork or cabin-work on a DOC-maintained trail or cabin. The DOC is responsible for some 75 miles of Appalachian Trail, as well as various other trails, and 10 cabins. The majority of CnT leaders arrive with little or no prior trailwork or cabin-work experience. The required full day of trailwork or cabin-work serves to expose such individuals to this important aspect of Cabin and Trail.
  
For info on how to make the trip happen, check out [[Trip Leading Procedures]].
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===Co-leads===
  
== How to be an effective leader ==
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All heelers must complete at least three co-leads, of these trips, two must be full day (“wilderness”) trips, and one must be an overnight. The overnight can be combined with another trip. For one of these trips, the heeler must do all of the logistical work (blitzing trippees, reserving a vehicle, buying food, etc.). For each of their co-leads, the heeler must post a trip report blurb (general info, tips, points of interest) on the Cabin and Trail wiki in the [[CnT trips directory]] section. If the trip was on CnT-maintained trails, the heeler should also post a trailwork blurb on the [[Trailwork]] wiki.
  
== Requirements for ascension ==
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===Meeting===
In order to become a leader in Cabin and Trail you must have completed the following minimum requirements while demonstrating both logistical competence and leadership ability:
 
  
# Become CPR and First Aid Certified
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The Ascensions meeting will be held at the end of every term and/or during the term is there is interest. A heeler who has met the above requirements can attend the meeting. After the meeting, if the majority of CnT Leaders present vote in favor, then the heeler ascends (i.e. becomes a leader).
# Co-lead 3 trips, including an overnight and a full day trip.
 
# Complete a Risk Management seminar
 
# Complete a Group Dynamics seminar
 
# Demonstrate fire-building ability
 
# Demonstrate the ability to use a compass and map
 
# Participate in a full day of trailwork
 
  
This may seem daunting, but if you plan well, you can complete it in a term.  However, many of the leaders in CnT took more than a term to complete the requirements (including me).  There is no rush.  It is better to take more time and develop your skills than to hectically cram an overnight into finals week.
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===Expectations===
  
About each of the requirements:
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Lead at least one trip and/or organize at least one event per term, only lead trips which are within your experience and comfort level as a leader, attend weekly meetings as often as possible, and attend termly meetings (e.g. leader retreats, ascensions meetings).
  
*First Aid / CPR – Current certification is required of all DOC leaders. Given that our trips are typically removed from convenient access to medical facilities and/or emergency assistance, pursuit of advanced certification in wilderness medicine (Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT) is strongly encouraged. You can take the courses regularly offered by Dartmouth EMS (sign up for their blitz bulletin), or even better - complete a Wilderness First Aid course or one of the other more advanced emergency medical care courses.  You can get money from the DOC to partially cover the expense of the more advanced courses.
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===Privileges===
*Risk Management & Group Dynamics – Risk Management and Group Dynamics are both seminars taught usually by Brian Kunz or Rory Gawler from the OPO office. They will be offered at least once a term. The Risk Management seminar for DOC Trips leader training does not count towards these DOC leader requirements since there is a special support system set up for Trips leaders that is not present during the rest of the year.
 
*Firebuilding – An elementary understanding of how to construct, ignite, and sustain a fire is considered indispensable knowledge for a leader in Cabin and Trail, particularly with respect to the woodstoves which heat the majority of our cabins and as a basic wilderness survival skill.
 
*Map and Compass – Although the majority of our trips take place along well-marked and familiar routes, proficiency in orienteering is to be desired to facilitate (1) more remote excursions, particularly in unfamiliar wilderness, and (2) flexibility in choice of action when confronted with adversity (as in a medical emergency or unfavorable weather conditions). To this end, map and compass should be considered standard trip equipment.
 
*Full Day of Trailwork – The DOC is responsible for some 75 miles of Appalachian Trail, stretching from Route 12 in Vermont to Route 112 in New Hampshire, as well as various other trails. The majority of C&T leaders arrive with little or no prior trailwork experience. The required full day of trailwork serves to expose such individuals to the “service work” aspect of Cabin and Trail.
 
*Co-leads & Overnight – Considered the “proving grounds” for an aspiring leader, coleads and the heeler overnight provide a means by which the existing leadership body, the “Council” may assess the suitability of a candidate. Co-leads and the overnight are expected to comprise substantial demonstrations of logistical competence and leadership ability, and the heeler should take full responsibility for all aspects of the trip in question (ie. planning, advertising, logistics and preparation, trip dynamics, and safe return). While consultation with leaders and the [[heeler mentor]] is encouraged, previous familiarity with Cabin and Trail is assumed on the part of the potential ascendee.
 
  
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Cabin and trail leaders can lead trips. These trips do not include hiking trips that go above the treeline or winter hiking trips--to lead these trips, you must get additional certifications (see below). They also get to participate in the Ascensions ceremony, get access to the CnT blitz account, and can rent DOC cabins for free. Plus, leaders get a sweet patch!
  
=== Special Notes ===
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==Cabin and Trail certifications==
*Ascensions – Review of heeler “portfolios” may occur on a rolling basis, and should take place at least once per term. Membership to Council is to be granted in accordance with those guidelines outlined here, in the C&T Constitution, and in relevant supporting documents. Heelers who earn leader status prior to the end of the term may immediately obtain certification and begin leading trips, but will undergo the ascensions ceremony at the end of the term in which they ascended.
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*Commitment – While no formal “demonstration of commitment” (to Cabin and Trail) requirement exists, an aspiring heeler should be familiar with the leaders, membership, and activities of the club. In the past, a minimum of two terms’ prior involvement has been considered requisite.* It is recommended that this practice be continued, as the period affords ample exposure to the full breadth of the club’s offerings. In the case of certain highly qualified individuals whose previous familiarity with C&T borders involvement (e.g. Leaders of other DOC clubs, and especially Winter Sports), it may prove desirable to waive this expectation.
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Cabin and Trail offers a certification that allows Cabin and Trail leaders to lead a greater variety of trips, including above-treeline trips winter trips and multi-day winter trips. Heelers can get this certification at the same time that they become a CnT leader, or at any point after ascending.
*Petitioning – Any of the above leader requirements may be waived by successful petition to Cabin and Trail Council and subsequent approval of the waiver by the club advisor (Outdoor Programs Office). This clause is intended to grant qualified candidates flexibility (through substitution or waiver) in satisfying the above requirements given unforeseen or adverse circumstances. In particular, this clause should not be interpreted as an “escape clause” through which the above requirements are to be circumvented.
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*Additionally, any heeler may submit a written petition to Council requesting immediate review of his or her qualifications for ascension, either because he or she feels the review of such materials is being blocked, or because he or she disagrees with the decision rendered upon a previous such review, or for some other stated reason. Such a review is to be granted in a timely manner, and a copy of its outcome and justifications transmitted to the candidate thereafter. Mediation of such a review by the club advisor may also be requested.
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===Winter Certification===
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''REQUIREMENTS''
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# Must already have Wilderness certification.  
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# Complete an overnight, hands-on winter skills course taught by a qualified member of OPO. This course will include a night spent at elevation in winter conditions, discussion of managing cold and frostbite/hypothermia, and hands-on training in ice-axe use, self-arrest, assessing avalanche danger, and emergency snow shelter building. There is usually at least one winter skills course every winter term.
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''MEETING''
  
==Ascensions meeting==
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A Certification meeting will be held whenever there is a demand. Leaders that have completed the above requirements may attend this meeting. To receive the certification, they must receive approval of the majority of Winter-certified leaders present at meeting.
  
==Forms==
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''PRIVILEGES''
  
*[[File:Mentor request form.pdf]] - This form contains a few questions about your interests and goals as a future CnT leader.  Fill it out and give it the current Heeler Chair (for 11S, this is Eric Ross '11).  You will then get paired with a CnT leader who will help you through the leadership process.
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Winter-certified leaders may lead any trip, including multi-day winter trips and above-treeline winter trips.
  
*[[File:CnT Leader Requirements summary.pdf]] - This form contains a summary of the requirements to become a leader or receive a leadership certification through Cabin and Trail. It's a good one to give to Heelers at the interest meeting, since it succinctly describes the leadership process without getting into all the details.
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== Special notes on the leadership process ==
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*Commitment: While no formal demonstration of commitment (to Cabin and Trail) requirement exists, an aspiring leader should be familiar with the leaders, membership, and activities of the club. In the past, a minimum of two terms prior involvement has been considered requisite. It is recommended that this practice be continued, as the period affords ample exposure to the full breadth of the club's offerings. In the case of certain highly qualified individuals whose previous familiarity with CnT borders involvement (e.g. leaders of other DOC clubs, and especially Winter Sports), it may prove desirable to waive this expectation.
  
*[[File:CnT leader req checklist.pdf]] - This form contains a checklist for all of the requirements you must fulfill to become a CnT leader. Fill it out and bring a copy to your Ascensions meeting.
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*Petitioning: Any of the above leader requirements may be waived by successful petition to Cabin and Trail Council and subsequent approval of the waiver by the club advisor (Outdoor Programs Office). This clause is intended to grant qualified candidates flexibility (through substitution or waiver) in satisfying the above requirements given unforeseen or adverse circumstances. In particular, this clause should not be interpreted as an escape clause through which the above requirements are to be circumvented.
  
*[[File:Trip Feedback Form.pdf]] - This form contains a few questions about the success of your co-lead. You should fill one out after each trip you co-lead - use this as an opportunity to learn from your trip by discussing it with your co-leader and mentor.  You should bring all of your trip feedback forms to your Ascensions meeting, so the leaders there can learn more about all of the trips you've led.
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*Additionally, any heeler may submit a written petition to Council requesting immediate review of his or her qualifications for ascension, either because he or she feels the review of such materials is being blocked, or because he or she disagrees with the decision rendered upon a previous such review, or for some other stated reason. Such a review is to be granted in a timely manner, and a copy of its outcome and justifications transmitted to the candidate thereafter. Mediation of such a review by the club advisor may also be requested.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 17:37, 15 January 2018

A heeler is someone who wants to become a Cabin and Trail leader, so-named because they "follow on the heels" of the leaders.

We're excited that you're interested in leading trips with us! If you have any questions, or would like to meet up to chat about the leadership process or anything else, blitz the CnT account (cabin.and.trail(at)dartmouth.edu) or the current Heeler Chairs, Juan Miche Rosales '20, Ethan Cook '20, Lily Hanig '19, and Iris Wang '20.

Also, you should get on the Heeler blitz list! Simply blitz the Heeler Chairs, and we'll add you.

How to co-lead a trip

The most important part of becoming a leader is to co-lead Cabin and Trail trips.

How? First, find a leader to co-lead with you. You can get a list of current leaders either by blitzing CnT or the Heeler Chair. Also, we have trip planning meetings at 8:30 PM on Tuesday nights in 110 Robo that are open to anyone who might want to co-lead a trip. You just need to show up and suggest a trip - or you can ask to co-lead a trip some other leader wants to do. Leaders are always happy to have Heelers co-lead trips with them! For info on how to make the trip happen, check out Trip Leading Procedures.

After co-leading, don't forget to fill out the heeler feedback form (your co-leader will send you a copy)! These forms are an essential part of becoming a Cabin and Trail leader. Additionally, after co-leading, you should post a trip report blurb (general info, tips, points of interest) on the Cabin and Trail wiki in the CnT trips directory section. If the trip was on CnT-maintained trails, the heeler should also post a trailwork blurb on the Trailwork wiki.

Mentors

Heelers are usually assigned mentors to help them in the process of becoming a leader. A Heeler mentor is a current Cabin and Trail leader that you can use as a resource. Typically, your mentor goes on at least one co-lead with you before you ascend. If you don't have a mentor, fill out the Mentor Request Form, and blitz it to the Heeler Chairs!

Cabin and Trail leader requirements

For the most up-to-date forms and checklists outlining the CnT leadership and certification process, please see the following four links: Official CnT Leader Requirements, Leader Checklist, Trip Feedback Form.

If you plan well, the leader requirements can be completed in a term or two. However, most of the leaders in CnT take more than a year to complete the requirements. There is no rush; it is better to take more time and develop your skills. Any one can begin the leader requirements at any point, including the co-leads. Freshmen are encouraged to start soon if they feel comfortable with it! The first time you can ascend is your freshman spring.

In order to become a leader in Cabin and Trail you must have completed the following minimum requirements while demonstrating both logistical competence and leadership ability. For the privileges granted a leader, see the end of this section.

Education

  1. Wilderness First Aid Certification, or higher. Current certification is required of all DOC leaders. The Outdoor Programs Office runs a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course through the PE department. There is a subsidy for current heelers and leaders, please contact us for further information. There are funds in the DOC available to help you if you wish to attain even higher certifications, such as Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT.
  2. Group Dynamics and Risk Assessment. The DOC offers free Group Dynamics and Risk Assessment classes, usually once or twice a term. Each consists of a single session a couple hours long. Blitz the Heeler chairs for information regarding the dates for the current term. The Risk Management and Group Dynamics sessions for DOC Trips leader training do not count towards these DOC leader requirements since there is a special support system set up for Trips leaders that is not present during the rest of the year.
  3. One night in a DOC cabin. DOC cabins, and their maintenance, are part of Cabin and Trail's responsibilities and are an important part of the club. Thus, all aspiring leaders must spend at least one night in a DOC cabin (whether as part of a trip, or as a co-leader on a trip).
  4. Take part in a full day of trailwork or cabin-work on a DOC-maintained trail or cabin. The DOC is responsible for some 75 miles of Appalachian Trail, as well as various other trails, and 10 cabins. The majority of CnT leaders arrive with little or no prior trailwork or cabin-work experience. The required full day of trailwork or cabin-work serves to expose such individuals to this important aspect of Cabin and Trail.

Co-leads

All heelers must complete at least three co-leads, of these trips, two must be full day (“wilderness”) trips, and one must be an overnight. The overnight can be combined with another trip. For one of these trips, the heeler must do all of the logistical work (blitzing trippees, reserving a vehicle, buying food, etc.). For each of their co-leads, the heeler must post a trip report blurb (general info, tips, points of interest) on the Cabin and Trail wiki in the CnT trips directory section. If the trip was on CnT-maintained trails, the heeler should also post a trailwork blurb on the Trailwork wiki.

Meeting

The Ascensions meeting will be held at the end of every term and/or during the term is there is interest. A heeler who has met the above requirements can attend the meeting. After the meeting, if the majority of CnT Leaders present vote in favor, then the heeler ascends (i.e. becomes a leader).

Expectations

Lead at least one trip and/or organize at least one event per term, only lead trips which are within your experience and comfort level as a leader, attend weekly meetings as often as possible, and attend termly meetings (e.g. leader retreats, ascensions meetings).

Privileges

Cabin and trail leaders can lead trips. These trips do not include hiking trips that go above the treeline or winter hiking trips--to lead these trips, you must get additional certifications (see below). They also get to participate in the Ascensions ceremony, get access to the CnT blitz account, and can rent DOC cabins for free. Plus, leaders get a sweet patch!

Cabin and Trail certifications

Cabin and Trail offers a certification that allows Cabin and Trail leaders to lead a greater variety of trips, including above-treeline trips winter trips and multi-day winter trips. Heelers can get this certification at the same time that they become a CnT leader, or at any point after ascending.

Winter Certification

REQUIREMENTS

  1. Must already have Wilderness certification.
  2. Complete an overnight, hands-on winter skills course taught by a qualified member of OPO. This course will include a night spent at elevation in winter conditions, discussion of managing cold and frostbite/hypothermia, and hands-on training in ice-axe use, self-arrest, assessing avalanche danger, and emergency snow shelter building. There is usually at least one winter skills course every winter term.

MEETING

A Certification meeting will be held whenever there is a demand. Leaders that have completed the above requirements may attend this meeting. To receive the certification, they must receive approval of the majority of Winter-certified leaders present at meeting.

PRIVILEGES

Winter-certified leaders may lead any trip, including multi-day winter trips and above-treeline winter trips.

Special notes on the leadership process

  • Commitment: While no formal demonstration of commitment (to Cabin and Trail) requirement exists, an aspiring leader should be familiar with the leaders, membership, and activities of the club. In the past, a minimum of two terms prior involvement has been considered requisite. It is recommended that this practice be continued, as the period affords ample exposure to the full breadth of the club's offerings. In the case of certain highly qualified individuals whose previous familiarity with CnT borders involvement (e.g. leaders of other DOC clubs, and especially Winter Sports), it may prove desirable to waive this expectation.
  • Petitioning: Any of the above leader requirements may be waived by successful petition to Cabin and Trail Council and subsequent approval of the waiver by the club advisor (Outdoor Programs Office). This clause is intended to grant qualified candidates flexibility (through substitution or waiver) in satisfying the above requirements given unforeseen or adverse circumstances. In particular, this clause should not be interpreted as an escape clause through which the above requirements are to be circumvented.
  • Additionally, any heeler may submit a written petition to Council requesting immediate review of his or her qualifications for ascension, either because he or she feels the review of such materials is being blocked, or because he or she disagrees with the decision rendered upon a previous such review, or for some other stated reason. Such a review is to be granted in a timely manner, and a copy of its outcome and justifications transmitted to the candidate thereafter. Mediation of such a review by the club advisor may also be requested.