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Cascadia Volunteer Info

Updated: Sep 2, 2022

THANK YOU for being a volunteer and spending your weekend to help ShelterBox! The training that you are helping to facilitate will ultimately help disaster survivors around the world. We couldn’t do it without you. A Detailed schedule is below: keep scrolling down.

The purpose of this weekend is to educate the participants about ShelterBox while at the same time giving them a simulated deployment experience. Everyone, including volunteers, is invited to observe and listen in on all sessions. And have fun! The training program is about education and fellowship - enjoy the experience!

Role Playing aka Rules of Engagement

  • The rules of role playing are very flexible - Make it happen and have fun!

  • It is Cascadia, a land of very little logic or organization.

  • Not being able to speak English is good. It’s A-OK in Cascadia.

  • Don’t go over the top but please get into your role.

  • The actors are in charge of their stations - there is no right or wrong.

  • Press Corp members - have your questions ready and a microphone in their face.

  • Cameramen - have those cameras rolling.

  • Learn to love the national anthem of Cascadia - respect t as it is your country.

  • SRT’s job is to get the job done and that is often done by dealing with a lot of bureaucracy.

  • Bureaucracy is very real in third world countries, to the extent that it cannot be overdone.

  • Please refrain from open displays of adult beverages and don’t overindulge.

  • The timeline is subject to change but please stick to it firmly.

  • You may play several different roles in quick succession. Be ready!

Interaction with Participants

  • Try to help the participants succeed ultimately.

  • SRTs will be following teams around during the scenarios. They are there to observe and clarify. Use them if you have any doubts.

  • Stay in character, be your role, there may be awards for best character

  • Have fun but keep it real.

  • While in role playing mode, anything a Cascadian citizen finds relevant is of interest (politics (not US), religion, rebels, sports, corrupt government officials, etc.)

  • You can touch participants in friendship but never in adversarial way. Use verbal Judo to move them around. Sometimes it gets a little heated.

  • Engage the participants in conversation and ask them why they are here in Cascadia.

Role Player Schedule

*Participants don’t have this in their handbooks*

Role Player Schedule

*Participants don’t have this in their handbooks*

Tuesday, 06 SEP:

1800 -1900 @ Faith Presbyterian Church – MAJ Merritt briefs role-players for event on overall play and rules

- PowerPoint Presentation

- Cell phone (website) familiarization

- Questions answered


1200 -1300 @ Sno Road Winery – MAJ Merritt briefs role-players for Friday on overall play and rules

1300 - 1315 HUMMV Convoy to Cascadia

1315-1400 Set up Checkpoint

1400 Participant convoy arrival

1400 – 1630 Crossing into Cascadia

1430 – 1515 Immigration

1515 – 1600 Customs

Approx 1600 End of Mission (Friday)

1610-1650 Participants set up their tents

1700-1725 Cluster Meeting for select personnel (MAJ Merritt)


1000 – 1030 Role Players arrive at Farm (Parking)

1030 – 1130 Brief all Saturday Role Players (in Parking Lot with cell phone website)

1130 – 1200 Drivers transport to Role Players to Utila Self-Evacuee Region, Cuhna River Region, and Koontz Forest Region.

1200 – 1230 Set up camps, campfires, prepare lunches

1230 – 1730 Simulated Deployment

1730 – 1800 clean up campsites

1800 – 1830 Transport back to Parking Lot

1830 – 1900 End of Mission: Transport back to Sno Road Winery

1900 Rotary club of Cascadia Dinner and group celebration

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