Everyone in the team is willing to help others learn about what we do. What works, what does not, and how to produce reliable results (if any). We will help you get started, but we will not carry the burden of those who do not wish to put forth the effort, share the costs of being a member (having your own equipment), being on time, etc. If you or we feel you cannot meet the requirements below in a reasonable amount of time you will not be considered as an active team member. All members must contribute their time, make purchases for themselves, and have a talent or skill required by the team at the time of consideration. If we did not put forth these guidelines our group would be about 200 strong in manpower, but lacking in equipment, skill and knowledge. Quality before quantity.
Minimum Equipment Requirements:
1. Reliable transportation
2. A computer with Internet access and email account (one you can add programs to, not public access computers such as in a library). You need this for research and analysis.
3. You must be willing to buy a nightshot camcorder (less than $100 on eBay) for your use.
4. You must own a voice recorder (digital or tape) and connectors to download audio to a computer.
6. A phone (cell phone is fine) with a good number to reach you at. If you change phone numbers more than once every 2 years, this is not considered reliable. We print business cards and constant changing of numbers is not cost effective.
These are minimum requirments. You will be expected to do analysis on your own videos and audio recordings, so these things are necessary. If you're not willing to purchase these items, then you're not serious about being part of the team. All other items are optional, but we encourage you to purchase at least one EMF detector, extra videocassettes, audio tapes, lots of batteries for your equipment, wet weather gear (ponchos work fine), good footwear, bottled water for trips, etc.
What Prospective Members Must Demonstrate:
1. Maturity and respect for others
2. The ability to do the research prior to submitting an investigation
3. Being able to comprehend or analyze the data
4. They can put the time into not only attending the investigation, but also be active in the analysis portion (this is the primary reason consideration may be voided)
5. The ability to learn the equipment, how it functions and troubleshoot minor problems (this may be as simple as just saying “I don’t know why it’s doing this, can you explain or fix it)
6. Knowledge of the subject matter. If you’re not willing to read about it, research the subject matter, or history of the location you’re investigating, then you’ll likely disqualify yourself from consideration quickly.
7. An ability to communicate effectively, including written, verbal and non-verbal. Non-verbal would be how you dress when going to someone else’s home (don’t wear a cape, dark makeup, or Goth-type clothing. This does not appear professional or conducive to the group’s persona). Your personal clothing preferences are not the group’s concern when you’re home or at work, and no judgment is based on that. Only when working with the group does this become a factor for consideration.
8. Personal responsibility for your actions. As bluntly as possible, if you cause harm to anyone, damage anyone’s property, remove property from a location (steal items), or are untruthful, your actions will have direct effects on you alone.
What the Group Will Not Tolerate:
1. Use of non-prescription illicit drugs or abuse of over-the-counter or prescription drugs –ever
2. Use of alcohol or demonstrated intoxication when performing an investigation
3. Being involved in any alcohol, drug, or other illegal activity (including trespassing) when wearing anything indicating an association with the team at any time.
4. Bringing discredit to the team or another group (do not bad mouth any other paranormal team or member by name in any situation. If confronted by another team or their team members, direct them to talk to John, he will handle it professionally).