As an all-volunteer, nonprofit club, CROC relies entirely on the talents and time of its members to put on the meets that we all enjoy. We can use your help! Volunteering can benefit you as well, as you meet more experienced members, make new friends, and improve your skills.
Some of you may think that you need to be very skilled at orienteering to volunteer for the club. This is not true! While some jobs such as meet director, mapping or course setter require some experience, many tasks such as assisting with registration or picking up controls after the event are suitable for anyone. It can be as simple as asking the meet director beforehand how you can help, and planning to come an hour early or stay an hour later. Often, you can both run your course and volunteer.
Note: If you volunteer at a meet, you pay no registration fees that day, whatta deal!
For tasks requiring more experience, such as course setter and meet director, an easy way to develop the skills is to “shadow” a meet director or course setter for a day and see how it's done. (You may find it's not as mysterious or demanding as you thought!) Here are a few ways you can get involved with CROC:
Help at a meet
- greeting and registration
- bring snacks/treats for post race sharing
- control pickup after the meet (a great way to get some extra practice in)
Other areas (requiring some skill and experience - which we'll teach you)
- meet director (See our Meet Director Guidelines)
- course setter
- course vetting (check control locations prior to the event)
- teach beginner clinics
- help out with E-punch software (geeks welcome!)
- map new venues
- serve on the Board of Directors, and plan how orienteering will take over the world
Expand and promote our sport
- use your expertise (graphic design, cartography, proofreading, legal, software development) to help the club
- take photos or video at meets and submit them to be featured on our website
- spread the word about orienteering via online discussion forums, social media like Facebook or Twitter, running or adventure racing groups, Scouts, friends and work colleagues
- tell us of a new area you think would be good to map