Being on a Croo
What is a Croo?
DOC Trips relies on the work of six croos (Hanover, Lodge, Vox, Climbing, Grant, Oak Hill, & Connections). The croos are volunteer logistics teams of approximately 4-15 students who share the responsibilities of keeping each of their respective areas of the program running smoothly. As a croo member, you will be living and working closely with your team for the duration of the program (~3 weeks, though Connections Croo has a different schedule). You should be excited to work under pressure under a grueling schedule to support the program's goal to foster a thoughtful & fun welcome for incoming students. Being on a Croo is an amazing opportunity to make a positive impact on a huge number of students.
Check out the Croo Application for detailed descriptions of each croo and their specific responsibilities. Each Croo is led by one or two Croo Chiefs, who are responsible for their croo throughout Trips.
What does a Croo member do?
Each Croo member is responsible for helping their croo in whatever way possible throughout Trips. This includes setting up and decorating the home base, providing logistical support to trip leaders and trippees, and helping to make sure everything runs smoothly. In addition, croo members answer questions, provide advice, and generally get incoming students stoked for their time at Dartmouth.
Croo members start work on August 21, 2014, and finish work on September 10, 2014. Croos are unpaid positions; however, food and lodging is provided for the duration of Trips.
What do we look for in a Croo member?
Being on a Croo is an incredibly exciting, meaningful, and intense experience. Croo members are picked for their commitment to Trips and desire to build community at Dartmouth, as well as a wide variety of experiences and skills, and the ability to connect to and interact with incoming students. Each croo is chosen to represent as much of Dartmouth as possible; therefore, applications for croos are encouraged to outline their unique interests, skills, backgrounds, and experiences. Being a croo member is an amazing chance to provide incoming students with a positive and open welcome to Dartmouth, and so croo members are selected, first and foremost, to make incoming students feel comfortable and welcome in their new home.
How Are the Applications Graded?
Croo applications are read by the Croo Chiefs and members of the Trips directorate, and croos are selected after deliberations among the Trips leadership. The first read of the Croo applications is a BLIND read, meaning that your name, year, gender, and other identifying information will not be included during the first read. This is done to ensure that each applicant is given equal opportunity without the bias of any readers who may know the applicant.
What Does the Croo Training Involve?
If selected, you must complete the requisite training. Trainings are fun and aim to make you feel more comfortable as a croo member and allow us to build Trips 2014 together. Though the training schedule will vary depending on which croo you are placed on, you MUST participate in the Community Building session (along with trip leaders), First Aid & CPR (unless you are already certified), as well as some croo-specific training. The full schedule of trainings is available here. Please contact your Croo Chiefs with any questions.