Due to construction on the field at Ponderosa Farm Park, buses will pick-up and drop-off participants at Scotch Hills Country Club for the remaining trips (February 8th and February 22nd). Scotch Hills Country Club is located at 820 Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains.
Our Head Chaperone, Chris Dill, collects items left on the buses after each trip. She has the following items in her possession. If any items belong to you, please contact Chris directly to retrieve them. We highly recommend you coordinate this PRIOR TO trip days!
Any add-ons must be purchased directly through Shawnee. Examples of such add-ons include equipment rentals, lift tickets, lessons, or meal vouchers. There is a discounted rate if you
add-ons prior to a certain date. Please stay tuned for more information.
How to purchase add-ons:
Once you register for this program through Community Pass, the Recreation Department will send out a specialized link and code from Shawnee.
Chris Dill will be the Head Chaperone again this year. Chris has done an excellent job in past years and we are thrilled to have her back! In addition to Chris, we are in need of at least 12 chaperones for each trip. If you are able/willing to volunteer, it does not have to be for all 5 trips. You can select the trips in which you are available. Also, ski/snowboard experience is not required! Chaperones can either ride the slopes or manage or station inside of the lodge.
The safety of participants is the primary concern at all times.
Chaperones will be provided with Chris Dill's phone number (Head Chaperone). Contact Chris for any major issues encountered on the mountain. Participants' cell phone numbers will also be accessible to you so they can be reached while on the mountain.
Participants and chaperones must remember they are representing the Township of Scotch Plains. Participants are expected to be on their best behavior both on and off the slopes. Foul language and the use of illegal substances will not be tolerated. If poor conduct occurs, serious action will be taken and may result in participants losing their badge for the season.
All chaperone trip assignments are coordinated by the Head Chaperone based on availability provided on the volunteer application. If you are unable to go on a date you are scheduled, you must contact the Head Chaperone IMMEDIATELY. Depending on what is needed for each trip, chaperones will be assigned to ski, snowboard, or manage the club table inside of the lodge. Two chaperones should be at the table at all times, as this is our club's "home base" location. Chaperones who plan to ski/snowboard should check with the Head Chaperone about complimentary lift tickets from Shawnee.
5. Arm Bands
The Department of Parks and Recreation has provided neon orange arm bands for each participant to help identify our group vs. other groups. (PLEASE RETURN THESE AT THE END OF THE SEASON). All add-ons will be kept inside the arm bands. Ensure that all bar codes are facing up to ensure faster scanning and less mistakes.
6. Transportation: Leaving Ponderosa
Buses will leave from the Ponderosa parking lot (1600 Cooper Road in Scotch Plains) at 3:30 pm sharp each trip day. All chaperones, other than the ones noted to drive, will ride the buses with the participants. On each bus, there will be at least 1 chaperone sitting in the front of the bus and at least 1 chaperone sitting in the back of the bus. Buses will be numbered #1 - #4. On the first trip, new and/or participants who purchased lessons must ride on Bus #1. Participants who purchased rentals must ride on Bus #2. Whatever bus the participant rides to Shawnee, he/she must ride the same bus back to Ponderosa. Chaperones must take attendance when participants get on the bus at Ponderosa and when participants get back on the bus at Shawnee.
All buses will have a bag that will contain a first aid kit, informational binder, garbage bags, and other necessary supplies.
Food/snacks are permitted on the bus. However, participants and chaperones are responsible for making sure buses are left cleaner than when they arrive. Otherwise, the group as a whole will lose the privilege of having food/snacks on the bus. Chaperones are responsible for walking up and down the bus aisles throughout the trip to ensure all garbage is collected.
7. Transportation: Arrival at Shawnee
Prior to getting off the bus, explain to each participant that they should be taking off equipment, returning what was rented, and should head back to the bus around 9:00 pm. If they want something to eat, this must be done prior to 8:00 pm.
Park >>> Lodge >>> Rentals >>> Lessons
When the group disembarks from the bus in the designated parking area, one chaperone should check in at Group Sales while other chaperones take everyone to the lodge (to our chosen seating area). All personal belongings can be stored inside the lodge. When renters are ready, a chaperone will escort the renters to the front of the rental shop and then out the back door to the lessons. When non-renters are ready, a chaperone will escort lesson takers to the Learning Center to meet up with the rest of the group.
8. Transportation: Departure from Shawnee Back to Ponderosa
Everyone should be back on the buses by 9:45 pm. If any injuries occur on the mountain, chaperones must communicate with the Head Chaperone about staying behind with the injured participant and work to coordinate separate transportation back to Scotch Plains. Chaperones will take attendance prior to departure. No boots are permitted back on the bus after skiing/snowboarding.
If you are able to chaperone for any of the trips, please fill out the application below and return it to Julie Buonaguro via email or land mail.
Land Mail: ATTN: Julie Buonaguro, 430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076