Youth Participation Information

Information Regarding Youth Participation

As a part of AMC’s Vision 2020, the club aims to provide outdoor experiences to 200,000 youth through direct service programming.  Providing close to home family activities is one way AMC volunteers support this goal. Because minors are a protected population, additional youth protection requirements must be met.

Summary:

Minors can only attend AMC’s volunteer led programs with a responsible adult and a waiver signed by their legal guardian or parent. Parents/Guardians may designate a friend or relative to serve as a responsible adult provided the minor brings a signed AMC’s Release Agreement. Leaders must ensure an adult:child ratio of 1:3.

Details:

AMC’s Leadership Requirements and Guidelines (LRGs) have specific expectations and restrictions for volunteers who offer programs that include minors. In addition, leaders should be aware of and comply with all local chapter and/or activity committee requirements pertaining to running any AMC outing. To be personally covered by AMC’s liability insurance policy, Leaders must be current AMC members acting in accordance with the requirements set forth in the Leadership Requirements and Guidelines and they must be leading an approved AMC Activity as set forth in the section “Requirements for Activities.”

Youth Protection Requirements

  1. Activities designed for Adults/18+ that also allow minor participants:

    1. Traditionally, the majority of activities offered by our chapters have been geared toward adult participants. Volunteer leaders are encouraged to use their discretion to determine whether they feel allowing minors to attend the activity is appropriate.

    2. Minors can only attend AMC’s volunteer led programs with a responsible adult and a waiver signed by their legal guardian or parent. Parents/Guardians may designate a friend or relative to serve as a responsible adult provided the minor brings a signed AMC’s Release Agreement. For example, a minor can attend with his friend and his friend’s parent. Or she can attend with her aunt.

    3. Leaders must ensure an adult:child ratio of 1:3.

  2. Family Programs – activities which are open to all, and are designed to meet the interests and needs of families.

    1. These outing are to be run like other volunteer-led activities and must comply with local chapter requirements pertaining to running an outing including accomplishing any outdoor skills based training like paddling or backpacking.

    2. Minors can only attend AMC’s volunteer led programs with a responsible adult and a waiver signed by their legal guardian or parent. Parents/Guardians may designate a friend or relative to serve as a responsible adult provided the minor brings a signed AMC’s Release Agreement. For example, a minor can attend with his friend and his friend’s parent. Or she can attend with her aunt.

    3. Leaders must ensure an adult:child ratio of 1:3.

    4. AMC Leaders have the option of setting age ranges for individual programs based on the nature of the activity being offered.