Each participant must:

General  -  for all programs

  • Come to the program prepared for the weather and conditions of the day, including dressing for the elements and being able to provide own sun/rain protection and hydration/snacks
  • Be able to manage personal care such as dressing, toileting, eating and drinking independently or with the assistance of a companion (friend, PCA, family member) who accompanies individual and serves as caretaker
  • Be able to transfer on/off/in/out of equipment independently or with assistance (if over 200# must provide own transfer assistance)
  • Be able to follow verbal and/or visual directions independently or with  the assistance of a companion, caretaker or interpreter
  • Be able to alert program staff to your needs/discomforts independently or with the  assistance of a companion, caretaker or interpreter
  • Be able and willing to wear protective equipment properly, such as bike helmets and personal flotation devices
  • Use equipment appropriate for personal weight without going beyond the weight capacity of program equipment
  • Be able to refrain from behaviors that pose a risk (such as aggression, inability to set boundaries, lack of safety awareness, drug/alcohol use or influence) to self or others, independently or with caretaker assistance

If attending as a parent/staff/guardian:

  • Be able to stay on site
  • Be able to provide a cell phone number for contact if leaving recreation area while remaining on site
  • Be able to participate in the activity to the extent of personal ability and skill

If providing physical support:

  • Be able to come prepared to support  1:1 with child/client/charge as needed
  • Be able and willing to lift, pull, push, and perform work needed for the weight and distance/terrain involved

Additional Criteria for each activity:

Cycling

  • Be able and willing to follow basic rules of safe riding on a rail trail with street crossings
  • Be able and willing to respect the mechanical integrity of bikes
  • Be able and willing to avoid trail hazards, as guided if needed
  • Be willing to stay on the bike trail within the limits of park boundaries
  • Be able to tolerate moderate physical exertion
  • Be able and willing to respect your limitations with regards to how far you plan to go
  • Be able to return bike on time

Hiking

Gentle outing

  • Be able to tolerate moderate physical exertion for up to one hour
  • Be able to traverse moderate terrain for up to one mile on designated trails (often accessible)- independently or with the use of approved adaptive equipment – at a slow to moderate pace
  • Be able and willing to stay with the group and travel at a designated pace (based on slower hikers)

Rugged outing – same as above plus

  • Be able to traverse rugged terrain typical of standard hiking trails - with rocks, roots, grades, cross slopes, un-ramped bridges, etc. – independently or with the use of approved adaptive equipment - for up to 3 miles at a slow to moderate pace.

Paddling

  • Be able to breathe independently without the use of medical devices to sustain breathing
  • Be comfortable with being wet and the possibility of being in the water (in case of a capsize)
  • Be able and willing to wear a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket
  • Be able to maintain face up position while in water wearing a pfd
  • Be able to maintain upright head position with or without head support device/technique while in boat
  • Be able to tolerate sitting in balanced position in a kayak or canoe with or without modification for up to 40 minutes (potentially longer if a river trip)
  • Be able and willing to paddle with the group at a designated pace (based on slowest paddlers)

Site Specific (Paddling)

Douglas/Bartons Cove/Hampton Ponds/Quinsigamond/Connecticut River

  • Be able to tolerate moderate wave action from passing motorboats

Winter Outdoors

  • Come dressed appropriately for winter conditions and weather
  • Be able to tolerate temperatures as cold as “feels like” 10 degrees F for 30 minutes

Ice Skating Indoors

  • Be able to tolerate cooler temperatures of 20-40 degrees F for 30 minutes
  • Be willing to use a properly fitted helmet when using balancing aids