I’m doing lots of work to get FGH chapters opened in cities all around the world! I know fat 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.
In creating chapters, I am talking with every ambassador/hike leader personally, (sometimes) 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!
What does it take to be a Fat Girls Hiking Ambassador?
The desire to build fat community.
It can sometimes be a slow process to build inclusive community like Fat Girls Hiking, so some patience with the process is important.
The time commitment to research and lead one hike or event a month.
Communicate with folks in your area who reach out via email or Facebook.
I am looking for 2 ambassadors for each city where there’s interest for a chapter, 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, fat positive, inclusive of people who are LGBTQIP+, be able to offer hikes for all-abilities, be inclusive to people who are gender non-conforming, transgender and BIPOC. 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 (names/pronouns/icebreaker question) & go over ground rules.
I always focus on the community aspect of Fat Girls Hiking. As a community we don’t leave anyone behind. No Hiker Left Behind! We stay together. (This is a tricky one…but I try to emphasis that it’s 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 the Fat Girls Hiking community.
We will chat about all this stuff & more once we start the ambassador process.
So, How can I become an ambassador?
When there is a call for ambassadors for your city (this will be announced & posted on Instagram & Facebook), email Summer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or join the chapter’s hike you’re interested in being an ambassador for. Some chapters have opened with only 1 ambassador so we are looking for a co-ambassador for those chapters. In those instances, join a hike lead by the ambassador & chat with them about being a co-ambassador. I want to ensure that you’d be a good fit with the existing ambassador & I do chat with them about who they’d like to co-lead with. After attending a hike, email me to let me know you’re interested (Fatgirlshiking@gmail.com) & we’ll talk more. Please be patient with me through this process! 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 growing more chapters. Come hike with us!
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 because I live in a van! #vanlife But I still have bills (cell phone, gas, food, storage locker, auto insurance) and I would like to ensure this work is sustainable for me. You can always donate any amount to my Venmo @fatgirlshiking account or Pay Pal email@example.com. You can also buy a donation ticket to any of our 35 chapter’s hikes.
With your support I will be able to build these communities across the world. 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 opened 16 new chapters with the first Fat Girls Hiking, On The Road tour in the NE US & SE Canada in the fall of 2018. I have been able to connect with folks remotely and as of February 2020, we have 35 chapters of Fat Girls Hiking. The cost to open one chapter is around $70. Every ambassador receives a Fat Girls Hiking T-Shirt and FGH banner. This cost doesn’t include the hours of time I put into emailing, chatting on the phone and educating new ambassadors about how to lead FGH hikes/events.
How will I know when a hike is happening in my area?
Info on hikes and other FGH events will be posted on EventBrite. ‘Follow’ Fat Girls Hiking on EventBrite to receive an email any time we post a new event.
I am looking for ambassadors for these cities/areas:
Chicagoland, IL / Boston, MA / Australia (Sydney or Melbourne) / Alaska / Hawaii / San Diego, CA / and any where y’all think there’s a need for fat positive inclusive community.
Email me if your city isn’t on the list but wanna chat about starting a chapter: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m beyond excited to watch this beautiful community grow and make positive changes in the lives of so many people (including myself!) It’s such an honor to witness.
Fat Girls Hiking Founder