Originally Posted by Steve2ski
Consider this - Most Junior Patrollers don't stick with the program. (would probably be NSP Volunteer, don't think pro's have juniors)
And then consider this. 80 to 100 classroom hrs of OEC and probably that many hrs of practical study. $250 + for the course depending how far the drive to the class location. Patrol parka, first aid belt stocked - $400 + Membership in NSP $75 to $100 yrly dues depending on local dues part.
First yr cash outlay $700-$1000, later years about $150 per year minimum.
The OEC part is first - the skiing/boarding training is after - however most patrols will have a ski along (1 or 2 days), before asking for the investment in OEC.
Alot of luniors are looking for a cheap pass - buy a season ticket in the late summer - it's a hell'va lot cheaper.
True, most junior patrollers don't last since they usually move on to college, but some come back. They also learn a skill, mature in a positive way and develop some strong leadership ability.
All hills are different, but the only cost to our candidates/Junior patrollers are for the books, NSP dues and an empty pack. All our training is done on-hill during the season in a mountain supplied trainee jacket, with sled/medical training concurrently. When he/she passes the course, the mountain supplies a patrol jacket. If there's no extra packs laying around, he'll have to buy one, but we stock it from the first aid room.
Our total is less than $200 - $75 for the OEC manual, $55 NSP dues and $35-50 for the pack (which they won't need until they turn 18).
That's not so bad considering they get free breakfast and lunch, and, oh yeah, get in some skiing.
All of our volunteers have real jobs and can easily afford a seasons pass. They are doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers, company owners and executives, an army major, etc., most have kids of thier own and all are generally very successful. We are also a big family and genuinely care about each other.
Your kid can hang out skiing and learning with us every weekend, or you can buy him/her a pass so he can hang out in the terrain park with the other 17 y.o. park rats.
Our junior patrollers can start at 16Y.O. and can be a patroller at 18.