The High School program is open to young people who have completed ninth grade, and have not yet turned 19 as of June 30, 2017.
Welcome From the High School Coordinators
We wholeheartedly welcome you to join about one hundred high school-aged Quakers from all over North America for a week full of spiritual exploration, community building, and fun.
High schoolers are housed together and create their own self-governing community (with a little help from adult f/Friends who serve as counselors). The program includes workshops, worship, support groups, an afternoon out-trip, interest groups, and a final celebration. There are also opportunities for dancing, sports, singing, committee work, sleep, and hanging out.
Twice during the week, the entire High School Program convenes for a meeting for worship with attention to business. These meetings are integral to our community-building process; we seek discernment of the Spirit and hold relevant issues in the Light.
Choose a Morning Workshop
For many participants, workshops are the heart of their Gathering experience. Some workshops are designed specifically for high schoolers or high schoolers and young adults. Intergenerational workshops will be have an attendance of about half younger people (young adults and high schoolers) and half older adults. You are also welcome to register for the "Open to All" workshops. If you wish to register for an "Adult Only" workshop, send a request to the workshop leader via the Gathering staff. Consider your workshop selections carefully, as program participants must attend their assigned workshop throughout the Gathering. Notice that there is a detailed description for each workshop.
The high school program is a unique and wondrous community. All who participate are asked to commit to the safety and health of all community members, to use common sense and to meet all Gathering expectations, including those about sexual activity, and recreational drugs and alcohol. Participants in the High School program are expected to plan to attend for the entire week of Gathering to help build our community, and attend all required High School program events.
The complete program guidelines will be mailed in advance of the Gathering, as will the all-Gathering expectations. These may also be viewed online : Participant Expectations for FGC High School Program, Guidelines of FGC High School Program. All-Gathering expectations are also available at this link.
We welcome people with specific needs of a medical or non-medical nature. If a young person, parent or sponsor believes the young person has any needs of which the program should be aware, they should contact the coordinators.
High School Parents & Sponsors
A sponsor is a parent, family member or other conscientious person 25 or older who knows the High School program participant well. If the sponsor is not the parent, the sponsor should be someone who is actively concerned with the young person's activities and well-being. We request that a sponsor be responsible for no more than two high schoolers. Both the participant and sponsor must be full time Gathering attendees residing on campus (this includes on-campus camping).
High schoolers may not arrive before sponsors or remain at the Gathering after sponsors have departed. Please make travel plans accordingly. The sponsor (or designated alternate) must be on campus (or with the sponsee) at all times during Gathering. Alternate sponsors are designated in writing in advance. Complete sponsor guidelines may be viewed at our website in June, and will be explained in detail at the High School Program sponsor orientation on Sunday evening. All participants, even those already 18, must identify their sponsor when registering for Gathering and submit a parental release form.
On site check-in for the High School Program begins on Sunday, July 2. Any arrival prior to July 2 is “early.” Read important information for teens and parents/sponsors about early arrivals.