Our son Cole has been blessed to have been touched by the men of CTO who share their love for the Lord and the great outdoors. He has attended 2 summer camps and weekend retreats…

Mary Ann - NC

My son, Seth went last year and it was his first camp of any kind away from home. He did not know the other 11 boys when we arrived at Oregon Inlet on Sunday afternoon…

Mark - NC

CTO has impacted Jacob, my son, in many ways. Jacob is a 13 yr old child that is very gifted in many ways. However, I am not a hunter and so he has learned a great life long skill of hunting that can be used and shared for generations to come.



Cross Trail Outfitters offers many great opportunities for volunteers to plug into.

  • Guides working directly with youth

  • Executive Council members

  • Prayer team

  • Fundraising team

  • Communications team 

  • Summer Camps

  • And a variety of other teams to use and hone your skills

All volunteers working directly with youth must undergo a background check and undergo some additional training. Those volunteers that feel led to mentor youth on outings should prayerfully consider becoming a Guide candidate and undergoing an evaluation and training process. Details on that are available from local Outfitter or State Director.



These are the minimum Safety Training/Certification for all Outfitters, Guides and volunteers working directly with youth on overnight outings.


  • Complete background check (This is required for all volunteers working with youth)

  • Complete Safe Camps certification

  • Complete Level I First Aid/CPR Certification

  • Complete Hunters Education certification

  • In order to lead your own outings, you must complete outing training (volunteer on several weekend outings, then complete one on your own under the supervision of a State Director)

  • State Directors may have specific certification requirements for their state


  • NRA Range Safety Officer certification or NRA Firearm Safety Certification. Any military firearms certification would be considered equivalent

  • IHEA Certification (Hunter Ed Instructor Certification)

  • BAI or BAIT (Basic Archery Instructor) certification— Any Level of USAA Archery certification would be considered equivalent

  • Boat-Ed or BOATER exam Certifications. Any valid Safety Certifications by United States Coast Guard Auxiliary or United States Power Squadron

  • U.S. Basic Trapper Education Course

In addition, volunteers are encouraged to focus on spiritual development by:

Seeking God’s guidance through regular prayer, studying God’s word, and spiritual disciplines through the use of individual and communal prayer, Scripture, worship, fasting, etc.

  • Seeking spiritual mentors.

  • Gathering for fellowship to build the CTO team.

  • Establishing church relationships through regular worship and positive ministry relationships with local congregations.

If you're interested in volunteering, contact your local Chapter Outfitter or State Director.