Wondering if volunteering with YSSR is for you?
Make sure to check out our Become a Member section first!
Do I have to wait until the next New Member Information Night to join?
No, new member application forms are accepted at any time.
The advantage of attending a New Member Information night is that it is designed to provide potential new members with all the information needed in order to determine if YSSR is for you. The
basic training cycle for new members is scheduled to follow the New Members nights. But if you read through the FAQs, and want to get involved now, the door is always open! You need to complete
an application, waiver, and background check forms.
Note: Please print CPIC and VSC forms single sided.
Can I volunteer, but not search?
Sure! Members can volunteer in many ways including fundraising, PR events, and administrative support.
How much does it cost to join?
All applicants must pass an RCMP background check before YSSR can process an application (YSSR arranges for the background check). New YSSR Membership dues are $40 (this includes a YSSR shirt). Annual YSSR membership dues are $20.
How old do I have to be to join?
You must be 16 or older to join YSSR. Members who are 16-17 participate in our Junior Members Program.
Can you tell me more about your Junior Program?
Our Junior Program welcomes individuals who are 16-17 years old. The program offers our younger members an opportunity give back to their community, while receiving excellent SAR training. Junior Members participate in all team activities but are restricted to providing on-site support only during search incidents. A parent or legal guardian is required to sign a Junior Member's application form.
How fit do I need to be?
Search and Rescue can be physically demanding. You could be asked to search in difficult terrain while carrying a pack. If you get winded walking up a few flights of stairs then this is definitely not going to be much fun for you!
What kind of time commitment is required?
We ask all YSSR members to participate in meetings, fundraising, and searches.
A search for a lost person is an emergency that can occur 24/7/365. A search tasking usually takes about 4 hours, but if you are available, searches can require 8-12+ hours.
There is a general meeting the first Wednesday of every month (1 hour).
There is training after the general meeting, and often on additional evenings (each 1 hour).
Searcher 1 training is conducted over a weekend (15 hours).
Fundraising events are conducted throughout the year. Our biggest event is our Sugarbush breakfast, which needs members to volunteer time over 2 weekends.
How often is YSSR called out for a search?
A search for a lost person is an emergency that can occur 24/7/365. Callouts can happen at any time of day or night. In general there are more searches in the summer than in the winter. In 2015, YSSR was called out for 8 searches; in 2014, YSSR was called out for 12 searches; in 2012, YSSR was called out for 20 searches.
What if I can't make a search?
If you are unable to make it to a search, that's no problem. We understand that it is not always possible to leave work, find childcare, etc. Before you consider joining YSSR, please evaluate whether you would be able to attend searches. This is our purpose, and the reason we require a dedicated and trained volunteer base.
Is training mandatory?
We ask all new YSSR members to obtain Searcher 1 training within the first year of joining YSSR. This training is held over a weekend, and scheduled at least twice a year. We also ask all YSSR members to have a valid Standard First Aid certificate within 6 months of joining YSSR. Please provide YSSR with a copy of your certificate. If you do not have a valid First Aid certificate, YSSR does schedule First Aid training. There is a fee to take this training.
Where is the training?
Most training takes place in Fredericton and the surrounding area.
How far does YSSR travel for searches?
YSSR is called out for more than just searches in the York and Sunbury counties of NB. We are always called out for searches in the Fredericton and surrounding areas, and are often called out to help our sister teams in the Saint John, St. Andrews, and surrounding areas. YSSR has been asked to help with searches all across NB, as well as searches in PEI, Nova Scotia, and Maine.
Do I need to have a vehicle?
While it is very useful to have a vehicle to get to training and searches, you could get by without one. When we are called out for a search, we typically meet somewhere first. If you can get to the meeting point via taxi, there would be an opportunity to carpool from there.
Do YSSR members get paid or reimbursed?
YSSR has no paid positions. For actual searches tasked by the RCMP, we may be reimbursed for travel expenses to and from the search site. Our policy is to carpool when possible.
Do I need to buy any equipment?
You must provide your own weather-appropriate clothing and footwear. YSSR provides compasses, radios, and GPS units for training and search teams. We will provide you with a list of items that are good to have in your pack, but many things are not needed immediately, and can be accumulated over time.
Do I need to have internet access and a cell phone?
Most of our communications is done by email, on our web site, or on social media sites. You could get by without internet access, but you would miss out on a lot of what happens with the team. You do not need to have a cell phone.
Are we insured for injury?
Yes, volunteers have basic coverage through the Province of New Brunswick. Make sure you sign in when attending official activities to ensure you are covered.
I have more questions! Feel free to contact us and ask away!