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Expectations for Young Friends & Parents

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In order to make Annual Sessions a meaningful and spiritual experience for all Friends, youth and adults, the  following expectations have been written to help young people and their parents know what is expected of them.  By making these expectations clear, misunderstandings can be avoided and everyone can have an edifying and nurturing experience.

Parents are responsible for supervising their children during all times that are not designated as Children’s Sessions program times, including meals, multigenerational programs, and overnight. Families are encouraged to share in the care of their children—taking turns supervising children will allow the children to play and the adults to have their own time.

  • The Children’s Sessions programs are planned assuming that all young Friends who are registered will participate.
  • Parents should notify the Children’s Sessions staff if their child will not attend any of the sessions that attendence had been indicated on the registration form (above).
  • A simple snack will be provided during the morning and evening sessions.
  • If children choose not to attend or participate any of the Children’s Sessions programs, their parents are responsible for them while the Children’s Sessions program is going on.
  • Parents should accompany children to Children’s Sessions programs, sign them in and out when the program is over. Parents are expected to be on the ILYM campus at all times that their children are in an ILYM program unless specific arrangements are made.
  • If any young Friend has special needs (dietary, physical, emotional, behavioral, etc.) that may require special attention, please let the Children’s Sessions staff responsible for that age group know.
  • If a child chooses not to participate in the program and is unable to refrain from disturbing others who are participating, his or her parent(s) will be sent for.
  • It is important for adult Friends to discipline themselves to start and finish programs promptly. If they do not, parents may have to leave the adult program before it is over. It is important to remember that Children’s Sessions are an integral program of Annual Sessions and not merely a service to accommodate adults while they attend programs.
  • Medical Release Forms must be filled out for all children under 18. Please mail with the registration form or bring with you.