The Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, office of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) needs a few friendly and perky individuals to greet visitors and brighten up its welcome center on the shores of beautiful Children’s Lake.
Nothing says “Welcome!” like a good welcome at a welcome center.
Nothing says, “Go away! You’re bothering us!” like unfriendly people at a visitors center.
Friendly volunteers are encouraged to donate a few hours at its visitor center in Boiling Springs (not far from Carlisle) from May through October.
During that peak hiking season, the visitor center is expected to welcome nearly 6,000 strangers looking for information about the Appalachian Trail and the ATC.
The least we should offer them is a warm smile and a friendly “How do you do?” Especially for our Heroes of the Trail who are attempting a thru-hike.
Smiling visitor center volunteers will be responsible for kindly answering questions and providing helpful information related to the AT and the ATC.
Welcome center volunteers will also give cheerful directions, share friendly information on local history and offer warm suggestions for local hikes.
Kelly McGinley of the ATC says, “Volunteers at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitor Center provide a warm welcome and a wealth of information to visitors. From hikers to bird watchers to folks just enjoying the beautiful surroundings, there’s something for everyone at the Visitor Center.”
Friendly volunteers will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of three-hour shifts available on weekends and holidays throughout the summer months.
All training will be provided by the ATC with orientations beginning in April, but being a people person is a good start.
The Boiling Springs Visitor Center is located right on the Appalachian Trail overlooking Children’s Lake.
The welcome center features information on hiking, the ATC and local Trail maintaining clubs.
Visitors can also purchase guidebooks, maps, AT souvenirs and ATC memberships. A hiker lounge is available for public use at the welcome center.
This is a chance for folks who love the AT — and people — to make a difference on the Trail this summer. Go for it. Please.
- To sign up as a volunteer, call 717.258.5771
- e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or
- visit www.appalachiantrail.org/volunteer.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length.
The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.