Volunteer FAQs2023-05-10T10:26:24-06:00

Volunteer FAQs

What kind of volunteer opportunities are available?2020-07-06T16:31:00-06:00

Winter: Assist on our Adaptive Ski & Ride Program Lessons, Special Events
Summer: Wilderness Program, Adaptive Cycling, Ropes Course, Rock Climbing, and Special Events

Are there any specific qualifications I will need?2020-07-06T16:32:01-06:00

Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program volunteers must be a confident level 5 skier or snowboarder; must ski or ride comfortably on all “green circle” and most groomed “blue square” terrain at Vail Resorts.

Wilderness Program volunteers do not need to enter the Volunteer Program with any special skills or experience. BOEC will conduct training for adaptive cycling, rock climbing, and high ropes course.

Previous biking, climbing, or ropes course experience and knowledge is preferred, but not required.

BOEC Volunteers must be a minimum age of 14 years old in order to Volunteer. If you are looking to Volunteer, and are under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

What sort of training will I receive?2020-07-06T16:37:52-06:00

Volunteer positions vary in length and responsibility in both the summer and winter. Volunteers who work directly with participants are provided training in adaptive equipment, disability awareness and BOEC procedures.

New Winter Volunteers are required to complete 3 full days (6 half days) of training. Dryland Orientation and Disability Awareness are required (see below).

New Summer Volunteers are required to complete 1 full day (2 half days) of training including Dryland Orientation and Disability Awareness, and training needed to assist on specific activities as listed below.

Winter Programming:

  • Dryland Orientation
  • Disability Awareness
  • 2 additional clinics of your choice – offerings and schedule will be shared at start of season

Summer Programming:

  • Dryland Orientation
  • Disability Awareness
  • Other clinics and trainings of your choice, including Adaptive Cycling, High Ropes Course, and Adaptive Rock Climbing
  • Drivers trainings if applicable
Do I need insurance?2020-07-06T16:38:24-06:00

Yes, you must provide proof of health insurance prior to volunteering in any aspect of our adaptive program.

Note: All participants, instructors, staff, interns, and volunteers must wear helmets during appropriate activity as designated by BOEC policy.

Do I Need a Background Check?2020-07-06T16:33:16-06:00

All volunteers who work directly with participants must complete a yearly background check. The BOEC currently uses NCSI (https://solutions.ncsisafe.com/#ssci) to do online background checks. The current cost is $30.00 and NCSI will run a re-check the 2nd year at no cost. If you have a current background check from another source we will accept a copy of that in lieu of running another one through NCSI.

Do I get a season pass?2020-07-16T13:24:36-06:00

BOEC is able to provide Adaptive Ski & Ride Program Volunteers a season pass for Breckenridge and Keystone mountains. Volunteers who are receiving a season pass must commit to volunteering a minimum of 15 days total throughout the season.

Note: The 15 total day count begins once you complete your required training (For New Volunteers: 3 full days of training; For Returning Volunteers: 1 full day of training)

We are not able to commit season passes until after all volunteers have completed their training, usually mid- to late November. BOEC is given a limited number of passes, which are given to returning volunteers first, then the remaining amount to new volunteers, who can work at least 15 days. In the past we have not had any problems with getting a pass to those who were interested, but we cannot guarantee a pass at this time. However, if by chance you do not receive a pass, we do offer an additional one-day lift ticket for each day you volunteer, up to 15 days. We can say from experience that if your only motivation for working as a Volunteer is to get a pass, the Adaptive Ski Program is probably not the place for you. Additionally, if you are not meeting the minimum volunteer requirements, it is the Program Director’s discretion to make your season pass inactive.

I don’t have experience working with people with disabilities. Can I still volunteer?2020-07-06T16:37:21-06:00

Absolutely! More than anything, we are looking for people who believe in the purpose of our program – that people of all abilities deserve opportunities for participating in outdoor activities in a supportive, caring, and equal environment where abilities – not disabilities – are the focus.

Am I required to work a certain number of days?2020-07-06T16:41:50-06:00

Winter Program requirements: If you are signing up for a season pass through BOEC, Volunteers must commit to completing a minimum of 15 days total throughout the season. Days are subject to your availability and you must sign up via the BOEC Database.

If you are NOT signing up for a season pass through BOEC, there is no minimum day requirement.

Summer Program Requirements: There is no minimum day requirement in our summer Wilderness Program.

Are there any physical requirements to volunteer?2020-07-06T16:43:18-06:00

There are many different ways for volunteers to help the BOEC. If planning on volunteering on the mountain not all lessons require strength. There are plenty of students who require little more than a fun companion and encouraging words on the mountain. You can also volunteer at special events or help shuttle vehicles for raft trips in the summer.

Are there opportunities available for snowboarders?2020-07-06T16:29:30-06:00

We are always seeking Volunteers who snowboard to help on lessons. You may go riding with someone who has an amputated limb or a youngster who attends an alternative high school. Proficient snowboarders can also become excellent assistants on sit-down lessons.

Does it cost anything to volunteer?2020-07-08T13:34:25-06:00

Volunteers are asked to cover the cost of their required background check paying NCSI directly online. Currently the cost is $30.00 every two years. For the small number of volunteers who are asked to drive BOEC vehicles there also a $15.00 MVR fee. If these fees cause any undue hardship, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for additional options.


Ready to become a BOEC Volunteer?

  • Please complete our online interest form HERE.

Once we receive your interest form you will be asked to complete the following steps:

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