Dear Parent Helper,
We, at the Multnomah Education Service District, are excited to have you join us for the Oregon Trail Overnight program. You are a very important part of the program's success. This program is a unique opportunity for you to experience a bit of Oregon history with your child, their classmates and their teacher(s), and we thank you for being involved.
During field study, our staff and student leaders depend on parent chaperones to help keep the children safe, to help each group stay together on trails and during activities, and to help the students follow directions and use active listening to get the most out of their visit. Parent chaperones also help supervise their cabin groups during mealtimes and in the cabins. High school student leader “trail guides” also help with certain transitions times.
At Oregon Trail Overnight, we encourage staff and participants to dress in pioneer or period style clothing, and / or think of themselves as if they were “living as a pioneer in the 1850's” to help the whole community become fully immersed in the history of the trail. Please help us with this mindset and encourage your child/children to enjoy this immersion experience.
In order to volunteer with Multnomah ESD programs, you will need to go through your school's background check process. If you have not gone through this process, please talk to your child’s teacher about this as soon as possible.