God calls people to CTO in a variety of ways; some are called as State Directors and Outfitters, others are called as volunteers, donors or landowners. No matter what area you are called to, there are some steps to start a CTO Chapter in your community if it doesn’t already exist.*
Make initial contact.
Contact the State director if one exists or the chapter development director for more information. Click here for contact information. There is an application and training process for those working directly with youth in the field.
Prayerfully seek God’s guidance.
The decision to jump into ministry doesn’t happen lightly. Seek prayer and council to determine if this is the best fit for you. If you are married, pray with your spouse to ensure that you are both called to this ministry. While your spouse may not be directly involved, their support of your involvement in the ministry is essential.
Attend nearby CTO events.
Participating in these events can help you gain an understanding of CTO. Your state or national office can help find events to attend or check the nearest chapter event calendar
BEGIN BUILDING A TEAMA strong team is essential to starting a CTO Chapter. Find other like-minded men and women in your community that will help build the foundation and bring a sustainable CTO Chapter to the community. The team will work to fulfill the mission of CTO in guiding the next generation to Christ through the outdoors. The team typically consists of an Executive Council, Elders, Prayer Team, Landowners, Volunteers and an Outfitter.
Once your application is approved and you're ready to commit to mentoring kids through CTO, you annd your team will start the training process. This process can take time due to safety training and thorough screening because the safety of those involved in CTO is a top priority. Your state director will guide you though this process.
*This process may take anywhere from a few months to a year or more.