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How to Check in to a Walk or Foray

For safety reasons, the MST needs to know which of our members are present at a walk or foray. If someone doesn't return from the woods, or if there are cars left behind in the parking lot when the foray is finished, the foray leaders need to know so that those members can be contacted or helped.

Checking in to walks and forays benefits you too! In order to attend walks and forays which are meant for more experienced mushroomers, members need to attend some of our easier walks beforehand. Checking in to these walks is the only way we can tell you attended, so if you want to progress to later levels of walk and foray, you must check in.

In past years, MST foray participants were used to signing in on a paper form when they arrived. Beginning with the fall 2020 season, the MST moved to an online check-in system.

Walk and foray participants are required to check in when they arrive at the event location. For safety reasons, it is critically important that every group or member checks in, and that the MST has a record of every participant.

Checking in is done using your smartphone. If you don't have a smartphone with a data plan, get someone to help you who does, or speak with the walk guide or foray leader and they will check you in.

You don't need to be signed in to the website to check in! You can even borrow someone's phone and check in as yourself even if they're already signed in as themselves, as long as you use your own email address.

This page explains how to check in at a walk or a foray and how to change or cancel a check-in. Since checking in is intended to be done with a phone, we only show what the check-in page looks like with a phone, and not with a desktop computer.

Check in to a walk or foray

Open your phone's web browser app (Safari, Chrome, etc.) and go to https://www.myctor.org/checkin.

If you can't remember the address of the check-in page when you get to the foray, you can also go to the Check in to a Walk or Foray item in the main website menu:
  1. Tap the three-line icon in the top left of every page
  2. The site menu will open. Swipe up on the menu until you see the Check in to a Foray item.
  3. Tap Check in to a Foray

Sometimes it can be hard to get signal in the woods. If you can't get to the check-in page, let the walk guide or foray leader know.

The Walk & Foray Check-In page will automatically show the day's walk or foray. If there's more than one walk or foray that day, pick the right one from the Walk or Foray drop-down.

Foray check-in is available 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of the walk or foray and until the scheduled end time.

Enter your email address in the Your email address box and tap the button. The email address must be the email address you use to log in to the website (the primary email address of your MST membership).

You don't need to be signed in to the website to check in - in fact you can borrow someone's phone and check in as yourself even if they're already signed in. Just make sure to use your own email address in the box.

If the walk or foray required registration and you came without registering, you probably won't be allowed to attend the event. Please don't do this. Sneaking into walks and forays causes a great deal of trouble for volunteers and other participants.

The walk guide or foray leader must consider whether the group would be a manageable size including you. This decision is entirely at the discretion of the guide or leader. Please speak to them and ask if you can attend before continuing your check-in.

On the next screen, enter a contact number where you can be reached during the event (ideally the number or the phone you're using to check in) in the Your contact number box. If you're signed in to the website, your phone number will automatically be filled in.

Enter the license plate number of the car you arrived in into the License plate number box. If you car-pooled to the event, enter the driver's plate number. Don't worry about upper-case or lower-case letters in the plate number; it doesn't matter.

If you didn't arrive by car, tap the No button under Did you come to the walk/foray by car? and the license plate box will disappear.

Your personal information is safe with the MST. Only board members and the guide or leader of the event are able to see your check-in details, and even the guide or leader will no longer be able to see them once the event is over. If you have more questions, see the MST's Privacy Policy.

Swipe up to scroll down the page.

  1. If this is a registration walk or foray, the page will look like the first image below and you'll see a list of the participants you registered. Each will have Attending and Not attending buttons under their name. If anyone you registered didn't come to the event, tap Not attending for them.

    If this is a non-registration walk or foray, the page will look like the second image below and you'll see boxes where you can enter a first and last name for every person attending. Your family members will automatically be filled in, if you're signed in to the website and you've kept your membership profile up to date. If you need more boxes, tap the green plus-symbol button. If you make a mistake and need to remove someone, tap the red minus-symbol button beside their name.

  2. Check the box to indicate that all the adult participants in your group accept the General Release (scroll down to see it), and agree to the MST's Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy.
  3. Tap the Finish Check-In button to save your check-in, or the Cancel Check-In button to return to the beginning.
For registration walks and forays, you'll also see a grey "Add Participants" button below the list of names, which you can use to enter the names of anyone who came with you to the foray who wasn't included when you registered. Please don't bring extra people to walks or forays. Bringing extra unregistered people causes a great deal of trouble for volunteers and other participants.

The walk guide or foray leader must consider whether the group would be a manageable size including your extra people. This decision is entirely at the discretion of the guide or leader. Please speak to them and ask if your extra people can attend before continuing your check-in.

Your check-in has now been saved. If you accidentally entered a wrong phone number or license plate number, you can change them now.

Note that for reasons of privacy, if you're not signed in to the website the phone number you just saved in your check-in won't be shown and you'll need to re-enter it to save any changes.

At the bottom of the page after you save a check-in, there will be three buttons. If you make any changes to the check-in details, tap the Save changes button. To return to the beginning without making any changes, tap the Cancel Changes button.

If you decide to leave without attending the event after all, tap the Cancel Check-In button.

If you tap the Cancel Check-In button, you'll be asked if you're sure you want to cancel. Tap the No button if you don't want to cancel, and the Yes button if you're sure.

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