Rules and Guidelines
Activities and Outings Skill Level Rating
The Chapter Safety Committee has established ratings for all Chapter sponsored outings to differentiate the levels of skill required of participants and the event leaders. This rating does not relate to outing strenuousness. The outings leaders are the sole judge of the qualifications of participants, and they are required to screen participants to manage the safety of the entire group. Our Ratings page offers definitions of these ratings.
We encourage outings participants to make their own ridesharing arrangements, but we cannot take an active role in making these arrangements. Our Ride Sharing page explains this in further detail, and provides a list of rideshare meeting places.
Participation by Minors
Participation of minors on outings is at the discretion of the Leader. Chapter policy requires that participants under the age of 18 provide an Individual Liability Waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Unaccompanied minors must also provide a completed and signed Medical Treatment Authorization & Consent Form to be used in the event of injury or illness.
All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a liability waiver. If you would like to read a copy of the waiver prior to the outing, it can be found here.
Rules of Conduct
Our Rules of Conduct apply to all persons participating in Sierra Club activities. Conduct must at all times be acceptable to the group itself, to the general public, and to officials with whom the group may come in contact. These rules are listed on our Rules of Conduct page.
Become a Leader
The volunteers who lead our outings are the backbone of this program. If you'd like to know more about becoming an outings leader, visit our Outings Leaders page.
Outings requiring the use of ice axes or rope/climbing gear may be conducted under very restrictive circumstances, including approval at the National Sierra Club level. Such trips require special screening of participants, leader qualifications, trip plan approval and Sierra Club membership for all participants. Groups, Sections or Committees must be certified, after special application to and approval by the National Mountaineering Oversight Committee, in order to conduct such outings.
Contact Joel Goldberg, Bus Coordinator, for information on insurance for bus trips.
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