The MOC relies on its members to run trips. To encourage members to run trips, the club provides a subsidy to people who lead club trips. Read our tips on running your own trip here or contact the executive for help!
Apply for a Trip Leader Subsidy
Fill out this form to apply for your subsidy! Before you fill out the form, make sure you’ve read through all the rules below to ensure that your trip qualifies.
What are the rules?
In order to qualify for the subsidy, the trip must be an Official Club Trip, meaning that it meets the following standards:
- The trip should be announced at a general meeting & over the listserv, preferably at least a week and a half before the trip takes place.
- The trip must be open to all MOC members possessing the pre-requisite skills and experience. However, it is OK to set a maximum number of participants for your activity.
- The leader has to fill out a Trip report. This report is intended for the benefit of future trip leaders and should contain all information necessary to plan a similar trip in the future. At the end of the report, list all the participants and their membership numbers. After review and approval of the trip report, an executive will give the trip leader the subsidy. The Trip Report form can be filled out electronically here.
Categories and Subsidies
The maximum amount of subsidy given is the lowest of the following options:
- $5 per member (excluding the leader) participating in the trip.
- The average cost of the trip per participant.
- The actual cost of the trip for the trip leader.
Wilderness First Aid Trip Leader Subsidy
Why is the MOC offering this? Training is not the be-all and end-all of leadership skills. There are many good leaders out there without Official certifications. However, the MOC has based the subsidy on the Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certifications, because it can be easily calculated and is verifiable.
Regular first aid courses, like lifeguard certifications, are not covered by this subsidy because they aren’t based on situations that occur in remote settings. WFA courses teach safety and leadership skills applicable to typical MOC trips. The theoretical principles learned during these courses, make you more aware of possible dangers and teach you how to prevent them.
We hope that this subsidy will increase the quality of MOC trips, so that more members can enjoy the outdoors safely.
Furthermore, since WFA courses are expensive, the WFA subsidy will make these courses more accessible to our members.
What are the rules?
- You must organise, lead and participate in the trip (can’t just organize it)
- Your training has to be valid for you to qualify (obtained within the last two years)
- You have to show your certification before getting your subsidy
- The trip must qualify for the trip leader subsidy, as described above.
- The first aid subsidy is in addition to the regular trip leader subsidy, so you don’t need expenses to justify it. We’re repaying you for the expense of your training.
- The executive has final say over who is able to qualify for the subsidy, what category they’re in, and what a “trip” means.
Need some tips on running a trip?
Read through our tips on running a trip here. If you want more help or advice, contact the executive!