Hi <Prospective Club>,
The most difficult part of starting a new High School Hikers Club at a school is getting a teacher to be the advisor. Teachers, as you know, are over worked and many do not want to spend the extra time to take students hiking on weekends.
Once you get a teacher to be the advisor, the next thing is to get a hike leader to assist with the club. A hiking club can be organized without being involved with the High School Hikers program, but there are the advantages of being a part of the High School Hikers program, such as:
1. Liability: Hiking can be hazardous! The Sierra Club, of which the High School Hikers program is a part, offers each hike leader a two million dollar liability insurance. In the DOE, the teacher is covered by one million dollar liability insurance by the state and another one million by the National Teachers Association (NEA), of which all (DOE) teachers are members. I’m not sure what the coverage is for private school teachers. In either case, only the teacher is covered by the insurance. Being a member of the High School Hikers program gives the teacher more liability coverage, and also protects hike leaders who assist, but are not a part of the faculty.
We have former High School Hikers and hike leaders on the neighbor islands who can provide you with information and assistance. I can provide you with contact information if you wish.
Good luck in getting a program started. Hope to see you soon in the High School Hiker program.
Fred E. Nakaguma,
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