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Activity Leader Resources

As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, the FTA board, staff, and our U.S. Forest Service partners have been closely monitoring conditions in Florida, and working together to provide operating procedures that keep our members, staff, volunteers, partners and the public safe.

FTA functions and activities at the state or chapter levels can resume, as long as they are conducted in accordance with this procedure, as well as applicable local, state and federal requirements and guidelines.   The overall goal is to minimize all participants’ possible exposure to the virus.   By signing the FTA Assumption of Risk, Modified for COVID-19, you will be acknowledging that you have reviewed the FTA COVID 19 Operating Procedures, Revision 2, 7-30-2020 and you will comply with them, and that you will follow the instructions of the persons in charge (Activity Leader, Trail Crew Leader, etc.).

Note that it is always acceptable for an individual to decide that they do not wish to participate, after reviewing the potential risks for severe illness associated with the COVID-19 virus (see the CDC and FL Dept. of Health reference links provided below) against their personal and family situation.

Learn more about the FTA’s COVID-19 Guidance and Operating Procedures here

Click here to view a PDF of FTA’s COVID-19 Operating Procedures as of 7.31.2020


All activities conducted under the auspices of the Florida Trail Association must be led by approved Activity Leaders.  FTA Activity Leaders undergo training followed by a local apprenticeship co-leading activities with established Activity Leaders. Chapters may hold their own Activity Leaders training based upon the Activity Leader’s Guide or may request FTA staff to conduct regional leadership trainings.

Activity Leader Forms

Forms for planning, conducting and reporting activities. *It is mandatory for Activity Leaders to submit Activity Proposals to their Chapter Activity Chair for approval before advertising and leading any activities – whether hikes, events, or trail maintenance.

Activity Leader’s Guide

The Activity Leader’s Guide contains requirements for becoming an Activity Leader and FTA emergency protocols as well as information on planning, preparing for, and leading activities. Click HERE to download the Activity Leader Guide.