VOLUNTEER

Volunteers are the backbone DREAM!  

Over 100 volunteers generously donate their time to our programs and events throughout the year.  Due to growing program demand, we are always in need of help!

No previous adaptive sports experience is necessary! 

Volunteers receive special training to learn about the individuals we serve and about adaptive equipment we use to ensure a successful experience for everyone involved.

Volunteer Perks

  • Help others have access to outdoor recreation and sports you love!
  • The time you commit to DREAM is open and flexible based on your schedule.
  • Meet a terrific group of individuals to learn from and recreate with.
  • Trainings provided for instruction, disability awareness, equipment use, and skill improvement.
  • Access to pro-deals based on # of days you volunteer for all programs.
  • And so much more!

Please read about our COVID-19 response here.

DREAM Adaptive Recreation strives to safeguard our sport environments from misconduct, including athlete physical and sexual abuse.

Volunteers with our programs must complete Sport Protection Training (new 2020) and submit a Background Screening.  To complete your background screening and/or Safe Sport Training, click here.

We appreciate your commitment to building a safe space for our volunteer team and athletes to push limits in the great outdoors.

Knowledge is power!

!! – All volunteer instructors must read our handbook prior to joining our team:  DREAM Adaptive Handbook

The below resources are presented as a guide to expand your knowledge on disability awareness and to provide sport-specific training.

Volunteer Registration:  Expand each section below to learn more and sign up!

Qualifications & Training

  • We welcome volunteers with previous experience in paddle sports, water sports, and mountain biking.  
  • As a general skill level requirement – we ask that you are comfortable with your own skills (intermediate level) so that you can place your focus on helping others.
  • For mountain biking, you must have your own equipment in good working order.  DREAM can provide paddle equipment and water sports equipment as needed.
  • Attend sport-specific training sessions; You do not have to be an expert to become a volunteer instructor!  Training provided for a variety of roles for each program.
  • No minimum time commitment once training is completed.

Through a combination of clinics and shadowing (assisting an experienced instructor), volunteers develop teaching skills that allow them to move from a shadow/assistant position to teaching lessons on their own. The time it takes to move from shadowing to a lead instructor depends on a variety of factors; the volunteer’s goals, desires, time committment, skills, etc.  The great thing about your training at DREAM is that you can progress at a pace that you are comfortable with, and that is compatible with your schedule. The more time you spend with us, the quicker you will gain skills and feel comfortable teaching.


Returning Volunteers

Returning volunteers should have an account in our online system.  If you can’t remember your log-in username or password, please contact us or try to reset yourself.   Do not create a new account!

1. Read Volunteer Resources

Please read the volunteer handbook & other sport-specificresources. We also encourage you to review the handouts on disability etiquette and people-first language, as they are a great resource for anyone.  All materials can be found in the volunteer resource tab above!

2.  Log-in to your online account and Update your Profile

  • Log in HERE!
  • *DON’T MISS THIS STEP!* Once logged-in to your newly created account, go to the right-hand navigation drop-down that asks What would you like to do? and select Update My Profile.  Please complete all fields that fall under sections “All Users” or “Volunteers”.  This info will be stored in your account and you can update it when necessary.  Scroll all the way down and submit.

3. Complete a Summer Volunteer Application

  • While in your account, go to the right-hand navigation drop-down that asks What would you like to do? and select Register Programs/Events
  • Then find the option for “Volunteer Application – Summer 2021”; complete this form and submit.
  • Click the drop-down menu again, then go all the way to the bottom to log out of the system.

4. Complete a Waiver and Media Release Form (once annually)

  • DSUSA Waiver of Liability & Media Release (two separate forms, labeled #1 Liability Waiver & #2 Media Release); If you filled one out this past winter you do not need to do it again – we get charged per form completed.  If you have a question about when your waiver is up, please contact info@dreamadaptive.org

5.  Complete a Background Screening  & Safe Sport Training

  • We appreciate your commitment to creating a safe environment for our participants and volunteers. There is a $20 fee to complete the background screening, good for 2 years; we kindly ask that each volunteer pick up this cost.  Safe Sport training is free, covered by DREAM.   **Jr. Volunteers, you do not need to submit a background screening.**
  • Details to complete the background screen and SafeSport Training can be found in the blue tab on the website above, called Sport Protection & Background Screening

New Volunteers

Thank you so much for your interest in joining our team!

1. Read Volunteer Resources

Please read the volunteer handbook prior to filling out an application to ensure that volunteering is a good fit for you. We also encourage you to review the handouts on disability etiquette and people-first language, as they are a great resource for anyone.  All materials can be found in the volunteer resource tab above!

2. Create a User Account and Update your Profile
  • Click on the following link and go to “Create Account” on the right side (in red font).   Create an Account HERE!
  • *DON’T MISS THIS STEP!* Once logged in to your newly created account, go to the right-hand navigation drop-down that asks What would you like to do? and select “Update My Profile.  Please complete all fields that fall under All Users or Volunteers.  This info will be stored in your account and you can update it when necessary.
3. Complete a Summer Volunteer Application
  • While in your account, go to the right-hand navigation drop-down that asks What would you like to do? and select Register Programs/Events
  • Then, find the option for “Volunteer Application – Summer 2021”; complete this form and submit.
  • Go back to the drop-down menu, then go all the way to the bottom to log out of the system.
4. Complete a Waiver and Media Release Form (once annually)
5.  Complete a Background Screening  & Safe Sport Training
  • We appreciate your commitment to creating a safe environment for our participants and volunteers. There is a $20 fee to complete the background screening, good for 2 years; we kindly ask that each volunteer pick up this cost.  Safe Sport training is free, covered by DREAM.   **Jr. Volunteers, you do not need to submit a background screening.**
  • Details to complete the background screen and SafeSport Training can be found in the blue tab on the website above, called Sport Protection & Background Screening.  Should you have any questions or need assistance, please contact info@dreamadaptive.org

Qualifications & Training

  • Potential Alpine volunteer instructors must be comfortable skiing or riding on intermediate (blue) terrain.
  • You must have your own equipment, including a helmet, in good working order.
  • Attend mandatory early-season training sessions; You do not have to be an expert to learn to teach basic ski and snowboarding skills.  Training provided!
  • No minimum time commitment once training is completed

Through a combination of clinics and shadowing (assisting an experienced instructor during a lesson), volunteers develop teaching skills that allow them to move from a shadow position to teaching lessons on their own. The time it takes to move from a shadow to an instructor depends on the person. The great thing about your training at DREAM is that you can progress at a pace that you are comfortable with, and that is compatible with your schedule. The more you are here the quicker you will gain skills and feel comfortable teaching.


Returning Volunteers

Returning volunteers should have an account in our online system.  If you can’t remember your log-in username or password, please contact us or try to reset yourself.   Do not create a new account!

1. Read Volunteer Resources

Please read the volunteer handbook & winter training manual as a refresher. We also encourage you to review the handouts on disability etiquette and people-first language, as they are a great resource for anyone.  All materials can be found in the volunteer resource tab above!

2.  Log-in to your online account and Update your Profile

  • Log in HERE!
  • *DON’T MISS THIS STEP!* Once logged-in to your newly created account, go to the right-hand navigation drop down that asks What would you like to do? and select Update My Profile.  Please complete all fields that fall under sections “All Users” or “Volunteers”.  This info will be stored in your account and you can update it when necessary.  Scroll down and submit.

3. Complete a Winter Volunteer Application

  • While in your account, go to the right-hand navigation drop-down that asks What would you like to do? and select Volunteer Application – Winter Alpine 2020-2021

4. Sign Up for Mandatory Training

  • While in your account, go to the right-hand navigation drop-down that asks What would you like to do? and select Register Events/Programs and find the volunteer training option.

5. Complete a Waiver and Media Release Form (once annually)

6.  Complete a Background Screening  & Safe Sport Training

  • We appreciate your commitment to creating a safe environment for our participants and volunteers. There is a $20 fee to complete the background screening, good for 2 years; we kindly ask that each volunteer pick up this cost.  Safe Sport training is free, covered by DREAM.   **Jr. Volunteers, you do not need to submit a background screening.**
  • Details to complete the background screen and SafeSport Traning can be found in the blue tab on the website above, called Sport Protection & Background Screening

New Volunteers

Thank you so much for your interest in joining our team!

1. Read Volunteer Resources

Please read the volunteer handbook & manual prior to filling out an application to ensure that volunteering is a good fit for you. We also encourage you to review the handouts on disability etiquette and people-first language, as they are a great resource for anyone.  All materials can be found in the volunteer resource tab above!

2. Create a User Account and Update your Profile
  • Click on the following link and go to “Create Account” on the right side (in red font).   Create an Account HERE!
  • *DON’T MISS THIS STEP!* Once logged-in to your newly created account, go to the right-hand navigation drop down that asks What would you like to do? and select “Update My Profile.  Please complete all fields that fall under All Users or Volunteers.  This info will be stored in your account and you can update it when necessary.
3. Complete a Winter Volunteer Application
  • While in your account, go to the right-hand navigation drop-down that asks What would you like to do? and select Volunteer Application – Winter Alpine 2020-2021
4. Sign Up for Mandatory Training
  • While in your account, go to the right-hand navigation drop-down that asks What would you like to do? and select Register Events/Programs and find the volunteer training option.
5. Complete a Waiver and Media Release Form (once annually)
6.  Complete a Background Screening  & Safe Sport Training
  • We appreciate your commitment to creating a safe environment for our participants and volunteers. There is a $20 fee to complete the background screening, good for 2 years; we kindly ask that each volunteer pick up this cost.  Safe Sport training is free, covered by DREAM.   **Jr. Volunteers, you do not need to submit a background screening.**
  • Details to complete the background screen and SafeSport Traning can be found in the blue tab on the website above, called Sport Protection & Background Screening
Qualifications & Training for Volunteer Instructors
  • Potential volunteer instructors working with the Chet Hope Youth League or with any of our private stand-up lessons should be comfortable skiing on classic skis.
  • Instructors working with adaptive sit-ski athletes may prefer skate skis, but classic is acceptable as well.
  • Instructors must have their own equipment, in good working order.
  • You don’t have to be an expert or have previous coaching experience work with our adaptive program.  Training is provided! 
  • No minimum time commitment once training is completed.
Program Overview
  • We work with individuals ages 5+ with permanent cognitive, physical, and sensory disabilities.
  • Individual Private Lessons are offered @ Whitefish Lake Golf Course, on Monday and Thursday afternoons 1:30-3PM and Sunday mornings, 10-11:30AM for the 2021 season; Each lesson is 1.5 hours long, which includes time for equipment set up and fitting as needed
  • The Chet Hope Youth League is a program run by Glacier Nordic Club for kids 4-12.  DREAM will help support any youth that has a disability, to promote inclusion in these lessons.
  • Military Veteran Programs will take place throughout the winter!
On-Snow Instructor Training

Chet Hope Youth League Training:  Date TBD

Classic Skiing – Instructor Skills Clinic:

  • January 6th: 1-3 PM
  • January 17th: 10 AM -12 PM

Stay tuned for more training opportunities!


Volunteer Registration Process

 

Returning Volunteer Instructor Registration

Returning volunteers should have an account in our online system.

1. Review Volunteer Resources

Please review the volunteer handbook prior to filling this year’s forms. All materials can be found in the volunteer resource tab above!

2. Update your Profile in our online system
  • Click on the following link and log-in to your existing account.   Log In HERE!
  • *DON’T MISS THIS STEP!* Once logged in, go to the right-hand navigation drop-down that asks What would you like to do? and select “Update My Profile.  Please review all info and update anything that has changed.
3. Complete a Nordic Volunteer Registration & Training Event Registration
  • Once logged in to your account, go to the right-hand navigation drop-down that asks What would you like to do? and select “Register Programs/Events“.  Then select Volunteer Registration & Training: NORDIC
4. Complete a Waiver and Media Release Form (once annually)

DSUSA Waiver of Liability & Media Release (two separate forms, labeled #1 Liability Waiver & #2 Media Release).  If you have completed these forms for another program within the last year, you can skip this step.

5.  Complete a Background Screening  & Safe Sport Training
We appreciate your commitment to creating a safe environment for our participants and volunteers. SafeSport training must be conducted annually.  Background screenings every two years.  There is a $20 fee to complete the background screening; the cost of Safe Sport training is covered by DREAM.  Details to complete these steps can be found in the blue tab above called Sports Protection & Background Screening

 

New Volunteer Instructor Registration

Thank you so much for your interest in joining our team!

1. Read Volunteer Resources

Please read the volunteer handbook prior to filling out an application to ensure that volunteering is a good fit for you. We also encourage you to review the handouts on disability etiquette and people-first language, as they are a great resource for anyone.  All materials can be found in the volunteer resource tab above!

2. Create a User Account and Update your Profile
  • Click on the following link and go to “Create Account” on the right side (in red font).   Create an Account HERE!
  • *DON’T MISS THIS STEP!* Once logged in to your newly created account, go to the right-hand navigation drop-down that asks What would you like to do? and select “Update My Profile.  Please complete all pertinent fields.  This info will be stored in your account and you can update it when necessary.
3. Complete a Nordic Volunteer Registration & Training Event Registration
  • Once logged in to your account, go to the right-hand navigation drop-down that asks What would you like to do? and select “Register Programs/Events“.  Then select Volunteer Registration & Training: NORDIC
4. Complete a Waiver and Media Release Form (once annually)

DSUSA Waiver of Liability & Media Release (two separate forms, labeled #1 Liability Waiver & #2 Media Release)

5.  Complete a Background Screening  & Safe Sport Training
There is a $20 fee to complete the background screening, Safe Sport training is free.  We appreciate your commitment to creating a safe environment for our participants and volunteers.  Details to complete these steps can be found in the blue tab above called Sport Protection & Background Screening

We have many non-sport related volunteer roles as well.

  • Administrative tasks
  • Events/Fundraising
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Photography/Videography
  • Sign Language interpreter

Please contact us to learn more:

Office:  (406) 862-1817
Email:  jtickle@dreamadaptive.org

The Joy of Volunteering
By Bob Zahler, 30+ Year Volunteer

I started skiing with DREAM in the 89-90 ski season because they needed people to load sit-skiers on the chair. I didn’t know how to downhill ski, so I would help load a skier and then snow plow back down the hill and help load another one. I learned to ski from DREAM volunteers and tried to keep up with them. Over the years as equipment got better, I had the opportunity to use the gear as it became available to us. Finding a need to help people without muscle control to access the mountain, we started to give bucket rides. I discovered that it gave me great pleasure in seeing the different individuals truly enjoying doing something they couldn’t do on their own – skiing fast and getting out with the other skiers.

Over my 24 years of volunteering I’ve met so many truly wonderful people willing to give their time to help others and some have become good friends. From Randy who has MS and caught more air in the bi-ski than I’ve every done since, to my friend Daniel who wouldn’t quit skiing unless we took away his skis. From the young man that had no arms and no legs that snowboarded the whole mountain with me to the young lady that stretched out her arms to fly as we pointed the bi-ski down Home Again – they all tug at my heart and give me great joy to see them succeed.

Thoughts from Randy Carspecken, a valued DREAM Volunteer:  

Working with kids and adults in an active & spectacular environment is active & spectacular volunteering. Time spent out-of-doors in the slopes of our winter-wonderland mountain exercising mind and body is healthy for participants and volunteers alike. Relationships that develop with participants can be highly rewarding but naturally not without challenging moments. And having like-minded colleagues who are willing to take the risk of not always predictable work is also predictable rewarding.

Thank You Randy, Bob, and the countless volunteers for your continued dedication to our programs and athletes!