Friends General Conference

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2015 Pre-Gathering Events and Children

Childcare for Pre-Gathering Events

Childcare is provided for infants through rising ninth grade for Friday night and all day (and evening) Saturday, and only for children who are staying to participate in the Gathering.  If you register for an event and children in this age range arrive with you, children must  attend childcare when you are participating in the event OR  must be under the direct supervision of an adult who is not registered for the event (e.g., your spouse).  If the numbers and ages of children warrant, the childcare group will occasionally split into two (for example, to allow older children to run outside in the evening while younger children are involved in quiet activities or sleeping.)

Sunday childcare is only provided during Meeting for Worship, and will be in the context of childcare for Junior Gathering staff families.  It may be provided by different people than your child has gotten to know Friday and Saturday.

High Schoolers and Pre-Gathering Events

In general, the Gathering encourages high school participants (rising 10th grade through those who just graduated) not to arrive at the Gathering before Sunday.  Sometimes, the only way to get to the Gathering is to travel with an adult who is arriving early.  In these instances, High Schoolers may arrive early if (1) they are willing to sleep on the floor of their sponsor’s room, (2) they are willing to join other volunteers getting ready for the Gathering, and (3) they identify a sponsor who is on campus when they arrive. It is okay to have a different early sponsor than the primary Gathering sponsor.  However, registrants for pre-Gathering events may not serve as early sponsors.  For most high schoolers this will mean that they cannot arrive with an adult participating in a pre-Gathering event.

High Schoolers are welcome at these Pre-Gathering Events:

People of Color Retreat.  High school aged Friends of color are warmly welcome to register for the People of Color Retreat.  They will mostly participate in the retreat, and there will be a few opportunities for age-segregated conversations and programming.  We expect that high school registrants in the POC retreat will be accompanied by a parent.  If this is not true for you, please contact Vanessa Julye to inquire about registering.  vanessaj@fgcquaker.org

Quakers & Business Conference.  High school aged Friends interested in participating the the Quakers & Business Conference are welcome to register for the event.  Their sponsor must be on campus when the High school Friends arrives, but the sponsor does not have to be registered for the Q&B Conference.