I’m doing lots of work to get FGH chapters opened in cities all around the US & Canada! I know body positive, inclusive & diverse outdoor community is important to so many of you. I am so grateful to all the ambassadors who are leading hikes & building community in their areas. I am also so grateful for Ginamarie, the fabulous Merch Queen for all things FGH!
In creating chapters, I am meeting every ambassador/hike leader personally, hiking with them & having conversations about how they can build community in their city. I know y’all want a chapter in your city & I’ll do my best to make as many as possible!
Here are the FAQs of FGH chapters / becoming a FGH ambassador:
What does it take to be a Fat Girls Hiking Ambassador?
I am looking for 2 ambassadors for each city where I host a pop-up hike to work together as a team to research & lead hikes. Its really important to me that the integrity of Fat Girls Hiking is the same across all chapters. What I’m looking for in ambassadors I select is knowledge & belief in the Fat Girls Hiking mission. An ideal ambassador would be Health At Every Size informed, body positive, fat positive, inclusive of people who are LGBTQI+, be able to offer hikes for all-abilities, be inclusive to people who are gender non-conforming, transgender and/or POC. No hiking/outdoor experience is necessary, I’m happy to train y’all in that. More than anything, I want ambassadors who are passionate about creating fat positive inclusive outdoor community. Knowledge of the 7 Leave No Trace principles is a bonus but that info is easy to access online here: https://lnt.org/learn/7-principles
What will I have to do when I lead a group hike?
Welcome all who join the hike! Have folks sign waivers (I’ll send you the file to print.) Chat with folks until the group has arrived. Circle up for intros & go over ground rules.
I always focus on the community aspect of Fat Girls Hiking. As a community we don’t leave anyone behind. We stay together. (This is a tricky one…but I try to emphasis that its a GROUP hike and we are hiking to connect with one another as a community.) We support one another. We honor the needs of our bodies and stop as often as needed to sit, drink water or have a snack. Self care in the outdoors is SO healing. It’s important to emphasis that we are here to celebrate each other! When we can all show up exactly as we are & receive support, it’s incredibly empowering.
ALL genders & ALL sizes are welcomed on group hikes. You do not have to identify as a Fat Girl to participate. We love when allies show up for us! We do not allow diet or weight loss talk. Every FGH ambassador must be comfortable creating a space where racism, sexism, homophobia, abelism, transphobia and fatphobia are NOT welcome. Slow hikers, new hikers, indoor people and people of all abilities are welcomed!
Take photos / videos to send to me to promote your chapter!
Have fun! Connect with people & talk to them about their experiences! I have met so many amazing people through Fat Girls Hiking.
So, How can I become an ambassador?
Join the Fat Girls Hiking pop-up group hike when it comes to your city. I receive an overwhelming amount of messages about chapters (not complaining-how cool that so many of you want to be ambassadors!!) & how to become an ambassador & I hope that the info above is helpful so I can focus on researching all the hikes in your area! Come hike with me & we will chat about it further!
How can I help support Fat Girls Hiking in opening more chapters?
I no longer have a day job so I am able to focus all my time on FGH. Yay! I need your financial support to do this important work. My bills are minimal (cell phone, gas, food, storage locker, auto insurance) because I am currently on the road to open more FGH chapters. I have a Go Fund Me campaign to get Fat Girls Hiking On The Road! With your support I will be able to build these communities across North America. I started my life on the road September 6, 2018 in my 1996 Toyota Carolla & started the #fatvanlife in a 2001 Oldsmobile Silohette minivan on October 13, 2018. I am working on opening chapters in the NE US & SE Canada this fall until December 8.
If I have enough funding to sustain after the fall, I plan to go to North Carolina, TN, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona & Nevada during the winter of 2019. Then, Utah, Colorado, California, Idaho, more Oregon/Washington chapters & Edmonton & Calgary in Canada for spring 2019. Whew! This is gonna be fun y’all!
How will I know when a pop-up hike is coming to my area?
Info on pop-up hikes will be posted on EventBrite. ‘Follow’ Fat Girls Hiking on EventBrite to receive an email any time we post a new event. If you are interested in becoming an ambassador for your city, simply join the pop-up hike when it comes to your town & let me know you’re interested!
FGH Fall Tour:
Missoula, MT / Jackson, WY / Rapid City, SD/ Milwaukee, WI / Chicago, IL / Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus area / Pittsburgh, PA / Washington, DC & Baltimore, MA area / Philadelphia, PA / Brooklyn, NY / New Haven & Hartford, CT area / Boston, MA / Concord & Manchester, NH / Portland, ME / Montreal, Ottawa & Toronto Canada / Buffalo, NY / Cleveland, OH / Detroit & Ann Arbor, MI
I’m beyond excited to watch this beautiful community grow & change the lives of so many people. It’s such an honor to witness.
Summer, Fat Girls Hiking Founder