With Oregon Trail right around the corner, and with what seemed to be a large lack of volunteers at Olympus, I'm concerned.
Day 1, we were 6 people short on our stage, luckily we were able to recruit spectators who were looking for an alternate to watching the cancelled Crane Creek. Day 2, same thing, people who were scheduled to help just didn't show up, leaving Brooklyn hurting, especially with so many spectators. (I've never been so happy to work FF/Start instead of road marshal, wow that was a lot of people). Also, thank you to Forespring for finding a new and unscheduled spectator area for those who had been sent out due to lack of parking space at the other locations. Instead of a dozen cars filled with very unhappy people, I think lifelong rally fans were created.
Not only am I worried about not having enough volunteers at events, I'm worried about those we do have being burnt out and deciding to just spectate next time. When there aren't enough people, the ones who have previous experience with equipment and controls are used for those spaces and those without are used to block roads. Great, right? Yes, and no. Without extra people, we aren't ever able to train new people to work ATC/Start/FF/Stop, leaving those who do know how doing those positions at every single event they sign up for and on both days.
Do I know how to fix this? No, I don't. I know that when I talk about rallies on other sites, or to friends or coworkers I always bring up volunteering before bringing up spectating. I think the Crane Creek spectators who we convinced to work at the last minute will end up being volunteers again in the future, they had a wonderful time.
Maybe I shouldn't have brought it up, and if this being here upsets anyone then I'm sorry, it's not meant to offend.