Unfortunately, Chatham Recreation will not be offering the Ski Program for the 2022-23 season.
The Saturday night group program we had done for years, is no longer available to us.
Other group nights were already filled when we were notified.
Concerns have also been expressed regarding circulating infections and placing the numbers we had on buses.
Families are still able to form carpools, as was done last year.
We hope to resume the ski program for the 2023-24 school year.
Available group days/nights will be reviewed looking at chaperone availability.
Directions to Shawnee
Take Rt 287 North to Rt 80 West to Pa.
Take exit 309 – Rt 209 N
Follow Shawnee signs.
Directions to Pocono Medical Center
Take Rt 80 West to exit 308.
Turn right at first stop sign onto Prospect.
Turn right at first light signal on to Brown.
PMC is on left with parking on the right.
Brief Guide of Ski Trip Chaperone Responsibilities
Scheduled chaperones who want to ski will be issued a free pass for that evening. All chaperones, other than the ones noted to drive, will go up on the bus.
If on the date you are scheduled you are unable to go, it will be YOUR responsibility to get another ski family PARENT to attend in your place.
A list of families and phone numbers will be sent to each family. If you do get a ski parent sub, IT’S CRITICAL I KNOW WHO AND THE DATE PRIOR TO THE TRIP so we are sure we are covered!!! It is IMPERATIVE you find yourself a sub!!!!!!! If a DRIVER needs a sub they MUST arrange to get another ski parent driver to take their place!!!!
PLEASE NOTE: The buses will NOT leave the lot without the on-bus chaperones and the designated driver. Please make sure you or your sub is there on time.
Drivers: Please remember to have an alternate ride home pre-arranged for your child in the event you need to stay with an injured skier!! You need to be available to remain with that skier until a parent or emergency contact relieves you. Driver’s children/friends/family will NOT be allowed to stay or ride with you. Your skier/snowboarder MUST come and go on the bus!!!!! Scheduled drivers are not to bring others (family members, friends) with them in their car in the event they are needed to stay with another skier. They would not have a ride home, they cannot go home on the bus and most importantly that driver is needed to devote their full attention to that injured or ill skier!
For the trips we have a Head Chaperone. The Head Chaperone, prior to leaving the Middle School, will get the cell phone numbers of each chaperone scheduled for THAT trip in the event you are needed at the slopes.
We then have a Lead Bus Chaperone assigned each bus to be responsible for each buses Attendance/Medical Book. The Lead Bus Chaperone will check who gets on the bus, issue their ski tag, and then be sure that child is back on the bus before leaving. All the bus books will then be turned back to me at the Middle School at the end of the night.
Chaperones will get a Chatham arm band for the night. All arm bands are to be turned in after each trip even if a chaperone is scheduled for the following week.
THE CHILDREN’S SKI PASSES AND THEIR ARM BANDS WILL BE GIVEN TO EACH CHILD ON THE BUS. THEY ARE ALSO COLLECTED FROM EACH CHILD ON THE BUS PRIOR TO LEAVING THE SLOPES! Participants will not take these home. Ski badges and arm bands will be issued each session on the bus. They will be collected each night. Participants will NOT be allowed to take them home.
Wear a watch.
Report to the Middle School no later than 3:00 p.m.
You will be assigned to a bus. Help your assigned Lead Bus Chaperone check-in those registered on the attendance sheet.
Be sure children store equipment, boots, and bags under the bus compartment. Ski/Snowboard boots cannot be worn on the bus!
At least one chaperone should sit in the front of the bus and at least one in the rear.
Maintain order on the bus. Children may not walk in the aisles while the bus is moving. Screaming, yelling, throwing items out windows, etc. will not be permitted. Food, drinks and gum are not allowed to be eaten on the bus with the bus company prohibiting gum or other sticky type candies!!!!
Be sure to let the children know who you are and you are available if they need anything. Any issues from them do need to go back to the HEAD Chaperone to handle and for any contacts needed to parents, etc. Individual chaperones should NOT be handling those issues or contacting parents.
Explain to the children that just before 9pm they are to begin taking off their equipment, returning what was rented and should head back to the bus. If they want something to eat, get it before 9pm.
At least one chaperone per bus should be in the designated lodge as a central location if there is a need.
At Shawnee, the Head Chaperone will be sure the Chatham children and chaperones are checked in. The Head Chaperone will have the chaperones info for the night in the event you are needed for one of the children.
Assist children at Shawnee, where necessary, who need help obtaining their rental equipment or others who just may need some assistance getting things on.
At departure, chaperones will be assigned to do the following:
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