It’s easy to sometimes take for granted those freshly groomed trails but we all know they don’t happen by accident. Snowmobilers rely on thousands of volunteers across the province to help keep snowmobile trails safe and fun for all. Volunteer hours are required by clubs to keep their part of the network open. In recent years, a shortage of volunteer helpers has been impacting the quality, quantity and sustainability of snowmobile trails throughout Ontario. Unless more snowmobilers step up to the plate, trail neglect and attrition is going to get worse.
Our club wants to make volunteering as easy as possible. We put out general calls on our Facebook page but we’d also like to send potential volunteers more details by email. Sign-up to our volunteering mailing list and we’ll let you know what needs to be done, and when. Only a few hours a season would really help us out.
What Needs Doing
The OFSC has many requirements for a member club to fill. In addition to attending district meetings and organizing our own club meetings, trails and equipment must be maintained. Each season the club maintains the trails by clearing any downed trees, brushing back any overgrown areas, replacing culverts and installing trail markers. Clubs must also keep the OFSC informed with regular reporting.
These are a few of the responsibilities that we need help with throughout the season:
- Club administration
- Trail route planning
- Grooming schedule management
- Club event planning
- Equipment maintenance/repair
- Trail maintenance and signage
- Brushing and clearing
- Group work days
Group work days are a call to any and all available helpers to tackle bigger jobs that may be too big for one or two people. Often the same people show up for these and it would be great to see some new volunteers to help spread out the work. Even a morning or an afternoon on these days could really help.
Obviously one of the biggest jobs for a club is to keep trails maintained. So we encourage volunteers to “adopt” sections of our trail to maintain each year. If you or a group of friends or family are willing to adopt sections of trail for setup and tear down, please get in touch. It’s a great way to support the club and contribute to a much needed volunteer effort.
OCSTC organizes volunteer work in our area and notifies volunteers when local jobs are planned. Any time commitment is appreciated and we have different kinds of work that all need your support.
Signing up does not commit you to any job. It just helps us notify people who we know are interested to help.
Let us know if we can contact you.