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Upcoming Leadership


All AMC Worcester Chapter outdoor activities are led by volunteers. Our leaders are skilled in the events they lead. The AMC takes pride in offering an array of outdoor leadership learning opportunities. We encourage our members to become leaders in the outdoor activities they love. If you are interested in becoming an AMC Outdoor Leader, please contact the commitee chair for the type of events you would like to lead. The contact info for these committee chairs may be found on our Contact page. Come JOIN us!

Leadership News

Visit some of the most exciting places in the world as the leader of an AMC Adventure Travel Trip! AMC Adventure Travel Leadership Training in offered once a year in November. This workshop provides training to people who have AMC activity leadership experience (no beginners, please) to transition from leading weekend chapter activities to more complex and longer trips, domestically and overseas. AMC Adventure Travel Leadership Training emphasizes planning, cost estimating, trip management, people skills, and risk management. You'll also learn procedures and guidelines for researching, proposing, and leading Adventure Travel trips and have the chance to exchange ideas, problems, and solutions with some of the AMC’s most skilled leaders. Cost is approximately $95, which includes 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner at the Prindle Pond in Charlton, MA. For more information and to download registration package, visit: Questions? Contact Nancy Holland (, 6217-391-6587) or Cindy Martell (

Service Animals on Volunteer Led Activity

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the laws that apply to service animals on my AMC volunteer-led activity?
A: Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), organizations that are open to members of the public are prohibited
from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. The ADA requires these organizations to allow people with
disabilities to bring their service animals on activities it sponsors except in specific circumstances (see below).
Q. What is a service animal?
A: The ADA defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance
to an individual with a disability. If they meet this definition, animals are considered service animals under the ADA
regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local government.
Service animals perform some of the functions and tasks that the individual with a disability cannot perform for himself or
Q. How can I tell if an animal is really a service animal and not just a pet?
A: Some, but not all, service animals wear special collars and harnesses or are licensed or certified and have identification
papers. However, such documentation may not be required as a condition for including an individual accompanied by a
service animal on an AMC-sponsored activity. Although a number of states have programs to certify service animals, you
may not insist on proof of state certification before permitting the service animal to accompany the person with a disability
on a club sponsored activity.
In instances where the participant’s disability is not apparent to the activity leader, the leader is permitted to ask two
questions regarding the animal:
(1) Is the animal required because of a disability?
(2) What work or task has the animal been trained to perform?
The leader may not require that the service animal actually exhibit the task(s) the animal is trained to perform.
Q. Suppose, in the view of the leader, the excursion is not suitable for the service animal and /or the individual with the
The leader is not required to make accommodations for a potential program participant that will fundamentally alter the
nature of the activity or impact the safety of other participants. Leaders are encouraged to use their judgment and screen
participants for higher risk activities as well as share details with potential participants about the requirements to
participate in a Club-sponsored activity. Questions regarding service animals or screening participants can be directed to
AMC’s Director of Outdoor Leadership.


AMC Worcester Leadership Requirements

  • Chapter requirements for all who wish to be leaders or co-leaders.

Forms and Guidelines Available

As a leader in outdoor recreation in the Northeast, the AMC strives to provide high-quality resources to its volunteer trip leaders and participants. As part of our efforts to continually educate our members, volunteer trip leaders, and participants about trip safety, the AMC has created a Web site where you can obtain important volunteer forms & information. See Volunteer Resources to download these resources:



Help for Online Trips Database

The online trips database allows leaders to post their own trips for publication and Web posting. Committee Chairs enter new leaders in the database, and leaders enter trips for approval by the Committe Chair and Leadership Chair.

White Mountain National Forest Use

Leaders: After leading a hike in the White Mountains, complete the White Mountain National Forest Use Form and send to the United States Forest Service either at the postal address or the e-mail address on the form.


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