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First, trips are what we provide for our members. For trips with scarce resources, we limit the trip to members only, because otherwise we would be depriving our members.  Scarce resources may include places in a hut, car rides, or other situations where we have limited the trip size, perhaps because the trip organizer feels that it would be dangerous to have the trip bigger.  Many of our trips are in this scarce resources category.  If you are not a member, you should wait to see if the trip becomes full, typically at a pre-trip meeting, then ask the trip organizer if it's ok for you to come along.   
 
First, trips are what we provide for our members. For trips with scarce resources, we limit the trip to members only, because otherwise we would be depriving our members.  Scarce resources may include places in a hut, car rides, or other situations where we have limited the trip size, perhaps because the trip organizer feels that it would be dangerous to have the trip bigger.  Many of our trips are in this scarce resources category.  If you are not a member, you should wait to see if the trip becomes full, typically at a pre-trip meeting, then ask the trip organizer if it's ok for you to come along.   
  
Second, members sign a liability release.  The AMS requires that non-members going on VOC trips, also sign a liability release.
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Second, members sign a liability release.  The AMS requires that non-members going on VOC trips also sign a liability release.
  
 
Third, non-members are limited to one VOC trip.  At that point they should decide whether they want to contribute to the operation of the club by joining.
 
Third, non-members are limited to one VOC trip.  At that point they should decide whether they want to contribute to the operation of the club by joining.

Revision as of 17:17, 16 March 2010

Types of Membership

As described in our constitution we have three main types of members: student, associate, and alumni.

Student

The VOC is a student run club constituted under the Alma Mater Society (AMS) of the University of British Columbia. If you are a student at UBC and you are a member of the AMS, (you are paying AMS fees) then you are entitled to join the Varsity Outdoor Club as a student member. This will cost you $35. This will get you a full membership with all membership privileges.

Associate

If you are not eligible for student membership, you can still join VOC as an associate member. This includes but is not limited to spouses of members, children of members, faculty, staff, students at other institutions, visiting scholars, and even people who may have come to UBC to learn English, but who are not fee-paying AMS members. Membership in this category will cost you $52.50, and will get you all membership privileges except that you will not be eligible to vote at general meetings, or to be elected to run the club.

Alumni

This category of membership is for individuals who have been in the VOC for four or more years, or have otherwise moved on and are no longer eligible for student membership. We like to keep these people on because they have accumulated useful knowledge about the club, such as where our huts are, and they often provide leadership on our trips. Alumni membership is free, but no membership privileges other than access to our web site are provided. Alumni members are welcome on club trips and often lead club trips, though they are expected to know enough that they don't take all the spots on introductory trips. Note that people eligible for alumni membership may join either as associate members or student members, as eligible, in order to gain additional membership privileges.

Membership Expires, Duration of Membership

Membership always expires at the end of September. If you join after September 30th and before May 1st, your membership expires next September 30th. If you joined between May 1st and September 30th, your membership expires in the September 30th of the next year.

We don't do half term memberships. We sell only one membership expiry date. We do not sell special short memberships, for instance expiring in January.

How to Join

You can join at any time throughout the year but see above for membership expiry date. The usual way to join is by showing up at the Clubroom (map), or at our booth during Clubs Days or other events. Just fill out the form, sign the liability waiver, and pay cash. If you cannot show up during Gear Hours, you might try to join during an evening slide show, or other evening events which happen from time to time. If you really cannot ever make it onto Campus, you can download a Membership Form‎ , or get a friend to pick up a form for you, fill it in, and get your friend to return the form and membership fees to us. Mail would also work, but we expect membership fees in cash, and sending cash through the mail is risky.

Do you have to join, to go on VOC Trips?

There are three principles to decide if non-members can go on VOC trips

First, trips are what we provide for our members. For trips with scarce resources, we limit the trip to members only, because otherwise we would be depriving our members. Scarce resources may include places in a hut, car rides, or other situations where we have limited the trip size, perhaps because the trip organizer feels that it would be dangerous to have the trip bigger. Many of our trips are in this scarce resources category. If you are not a member, you should wait to see if the trip becomes full, typically at a pre-trip meeting, then ask the trip organizer if it's ok for you to come along.

Second, members sign a liability release. The AMS requires that non-members going on VOC trips also sign a liability release.

Third, non-members are limited to one VOC trip. At that point they should decide whether they want to contribute to the operation of the club by joining.