Cross Trail Outfitters offers many great opportunities for volunteers to plug into.

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  • Guides working directly with youth
  • Executive Council members
  • Prayer team
  • Fundraising team
  • Communications team 
  • Summer Camps
  • And a variety of other teams to use and hone your skills

All volunteers working directly with youth must undergo a background check and undergo some additional training. Those volunteers that feel led to mentor youth on outings should prayerfully consider becoming a Guide candidate and undergoing an evaluation and training process. Details on that are available from local Outfitter or State Director.


These are the minimum Safety Training/Certification for all Outfitters, Guides and volunteers working directly with youth on overnight outings.


  • Complete background check (This is required for all volunteers working with youth)

  • Complete Safe Camps certification

  • Complete Level I First Aid/CPR Certification

  • Complete Hunters Education certification

  • In order to lead your own outings, you must complete outing training (volunteer on several weekend outings, then complete one on your own under the supervision of a State Director)

  • State Directors may have specific certification requirements for their state


  • NRA Range Safety Officer certification or NRA Firearm Safety Certification. Any military firearms certification would be considered equivalent

  • IHEA Certification (Hunter Ed Instructor Certification)

  • BAI or BAIT (Basic Archery Instructor) certification— Any Level of USAA Archery certification would be considered equivalent

  • Boat-Ed or BOATER exam Certifications. Any valid Safety Certifications by United States Coast Guard Auxiliary or United States Power Squadron

  • U.S. Basic Trapper Education Course

In addition, volunteers are encouraged to focus on spiritual development by:

  • Seeking God’s guidance through regular prayer, studying God’s word, and spiritual disciplines through the use of individual and communal prayer, Scripture, worship, fasting, etc.

  • Seeking spiritual mentors.

  • Gathering for fellowship to build the CTO team.

  • Establishing church relationships through regular worship and positive ministry relationships with local congregations.

If you’re interested in volunteering, contact your local Chapter Outfitter or State Director.