Youth Programs

Programs Objective

Sugarbush Soaring and the sport of soaring both benefit from an effort to attract and retain young soaring pilots. Young prospective pilots usually do not have the financial resources of other members, but can make valuable contributions to the Club and the sport with their time and enthusiasm. The Association has four different programs that provide training, flight privileges, and as appropriate, membership specifically tuned to these young pilots. These are described below, with details included in a summary table and a discussion of liability insurance at the end of this section. Contact the Sugarbush Soaring office (802) 496-2290 or soar@sugarbushsoaring.com for application details.

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Line Crew Program

This is a season-long program in which qualified students will work on the field under the supervision of a flight instructor, and earn credits toward instructional or solo glider flights at the rate of one flight per day worked. Duties include shepherding commercial ride passengers to and from the gliders, positioning gliders on the flight line, fetching and attaching tow lines to the gliders and the towplane, signaling to launch the gliders when the pilot signals he/or she is ready, recording flight data on the “day sheet”, retrieving the landed gliders, and performing other field chores for which the member has been trained. Eligibility is for students with a satisfactory academic record and normally between 13 and 18 years of age. Applications will be approved by the Youth Committee headed by the Chief Instructor. This program is funded by the Flight Experience for Youth organization.

Student Program

This is a season-long program for qualified full-time students from normally 18 up to 24 years of age during which the participant is granted the flight-related privileges of a full member, but at a very reduced dues level and with no Club share ownership requirement. The participant is required to work at the airport one day each calendar month during the soaring season for a total of five days per season under the direction of the Chief Flight Instructor at duties similar to those for the Line Crew. Applications will be approved by the Sugarbush Soaring Board, and will be reviewed annually by the Board.

“Twenties” Program

This program establishes an economical entry method into Club membership for the group 20 to 29 years of age. Club shares may be purchased on a time basis by the Youth Membership plan, paying just ten percent of the share price annually.  Full member privileges and share ownership are conveyed upon receipt of the first annual payment, and the balance owed will be carried on the Club’s books until paid. Annual dues run about one-third that of regular full members.   It is expected that when the participant reaches the age of 30, any remaining balance on the share ownership would be due.  The Club includes a simple buy-back feature for this share if the participant leaves the program. See below for further details.

Youth Programs
Program Line Crew Summer Camp Student Twenties
Age Group 13-18* 13-18* Up to 24 20-29
Eligibility
  • Good academic standing
  • Approved by Chief Instructor
  • Approved by Chief Instructor
  • Full-time student
  • Approved by the Board
  • Approved by the Board
Shareholder
  • Not required
  • Eligible for Youth Membership
  • Not required
  • Eligible for youth membership
  • Not required
  • Eligible for Youth Membership
  • Youth Membership
Dues None None Yes Yes
Rates Non-member (billed to FEFY) Non-member (10 flights included in camp fee) Full Member Full Member
Work Program Obligations One work day per flight None One day per month None
* Ages for Line Crew and Summer Camp programs may be adjusted by the Chief Instructor as appropriate.

Line Crew

Age Group: 13-18*
Eligibility: Good academic standing; Approved by Chief Instructor
Shareholder: Not required; Eligible for Youth Membership
Dues: None
Rates: Non-member (billed to FEFY)
Word Program Obligations: One work day per flight

Summer Camp

Age Group: 13-18*
Eligibility: Approved by Chief Instructor
Shareholder: Not required; Eligible for Youth Membership
Dues: None
Rates: Non-member (10 flights included in camp fee)
Word Program Obligations: None

Student

Age Group: Up to 24
Eligibility: Full-time student; Approved by the Board
Shareholder: Not required; Eligible for Youth Membership
Dues: Yes
Rates: Full Member
Word Program Obligations: One day per month

Twenties

Age Group: 20-29
Eligibility: Approved by the Board
Shareholder: Youth Membership
Dues: Yes
Rates: Full Member
Word Program Obligations: None

* Ages for Line Crew and Summer Camp programs may be adjusted by the Chief Instructor as appropriate.

Sugarbush Soaring maintains damage and liability insurance in all or its aircraft. This includes instructional flights. The full coverage is also automatically extended to all full (share-holding) members. Non-members who fly solo (including participants in the Line Crew, Camp, and Student programs) are only afforded some limited liability coverage and no aircraft damage coverage. These Youth participants who are approaching the solo level of proficiency in their training are urged to consider acquiring a membership share through the economical Youth Membership plan in order to benefit from the enhanced liability insurance available to the share-holding members. See Membership Policies section 5.2 Youth membership.