Volunteers play a vital role in the Hands Across the Border Celebration! 

We are accepting group activity booth proposals from group leaders through February 29th, 2020. All volunteer opportunities are listed below and will remain posted until they are filled. If you or your unit would like to volunteer for one of these opportunities please review this page and download the application listed below.


Volunteer opportunities are available in several event areas as shown. 
You can volunteer as an individual, family, unit, citizen groups, service organizations, or business. You can make a difference and have a meaningful and rewarding experience serving the youth, leaders, and families at HATB.  You may volunteer for pre-event, setup, or event day activities.


Your UNIT may even be able to attend HATB 2020 for FREE if your UNIT volunteers in a specific area that requires group management. 


Units can volunteer as a group for specific IPAA assigned event task or they can apply to provide an activity booth of their own. Volunteer groups accepted to participate would receive passes to attend HATB for FREE!  


All volunteers will receive a HATB volunteer patch and certificate of appreciation!


Group proposals must have a minimum of 2 adult leaders and at least 6 youth. This assures that during the event the volunteer unit can have 1 Group Leader and 3 youth manage their activity, booth, or task while the others in the unit enjoy the celebration. The total number of volunteers in your group would vary depending on the activity offered by the group. Do you have an idea for a free scouting or guiding activity station that your unit would like to host? Do you have a special talent or skill that you would like to share?


Volunteer staffed - Face Painting Booth

We are inviting group leaders to submit proposals for their unit to host an activity for all to enjoy. Proposals must include a description of your activity, how many are in your group to staff it, and information about your unit & why you want to provide the activity at HATB. Remember you need to have enough people in your group/unit to manage your activity and also HAVE FUN at the EVENT! 


We want to hear from you. If your proposal is accepted your unit will be invited to attend HATB for free! Your free admission will include your units HATB Goodie Bag and a Volunteer Patch & Certificates of Appreciation for your group. Put on your thinking caps on how to create more HATB fun. Please submit your Booth Proposals by January 30th, 2018 at info@handsacrosstheborder.info.


NOTE: All submissions will be reviewed and considered as they are received. The IPAA reserves the right to limit the number of scouts or guiding led activity booths as well as volunteer selection. Activities must be free. No fundraising. Submit your ideas ASAP! We will post accepted activities as they confirmed.



PACK EVENT GOODIE BAGS - Girl Scout Troop  Blaine, WA

Help us pack 2,500 HATB goodie bags in the first week of June.  We will schedule the packing party to take place after all the bags goodies have arrived (early June).


This position requires 6-8 youth, age 10 & up, and two adult Group Leaders. Packing Goodie Bags is a commitment of about 2.5 hours. NOTE: we have the assembly line set up for you before you arrive for this task! The work goes very quickly with many helping hands! 





HATB CAMP MANAGERS June 12-14, 2020  

This position requires 12-16 youth 4 Adults.  Camp check-in is managed by the GROUP LEADERS. The volunteer UNIT receives free admission to HATB and free HATB campsites. Also, the IPAA will make a cash donation to the UNIT after the event. 



We need a UNIT to assist us with parade lineup and to socialize with participants in line. We have a written explanation of the parade, parade lineup signage, and parade lineup map. However, groups always have questions and enjoy reassurance or guidance as they line up.

FACE PAINTING BOOTH - Girl Scout Troop 40737 Arlington, WA

Volunteer Unit provides Tents and face painting supplies. Face painting Booth is open between 9:30 – 2:30. Group Leaders manage booth and create their volunteer schedule. 



We need a UNIT to assist us with parade lineup and to socialize with participants in line. We have a written explanation of the parade, parade lineup signage, and parade lineup map. However, groups always have questions and enjoy reassurance or guidance as they line up.


This position requires a unit of 4-6 youth ages ten and up and 2 Group Leaders. 
You will need to have a minimum of 1 Group Leader and two youth posted at the parade link-up between 10-2 pm. 



Volunteers UNIT should have 4-6 youth ages 14-18 and 2 Adults. Your UNIT could help manage the stage during the 2018 celebration. You would organize skits or open stage activities during time frames designated by IPAA. 


The volunteer unit receives free unit admission to HATB. During the

6-hour event, we envision 2 to 2.5 hours of scouting /guiding programming.  IPAA provides the covered stage, sound tech, and sound system.


Many participants enjoyed the open stage at the last celebration.  Some felt this was a highlight, and it should be allowed to grow. While it was spontaneous in 2017, we want to work with a unit that helps build enthusiasm for this opportunity.  

When you complete your application tell us why your group would like to help as volunteer stage managers. Please let us know any experience you may have in this area.












PEACE PARKS MAP & Where are you from BOOTH



VOLUNTEERS are the heart of our celebration.
Would you or your Group Like to VOLUNTEER?
Do you have an idea for a free scouting or guiding activity
booth that your unit would like to host at HATB in 2020?
Please contact us with your idea!



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