Youth Summer Retreat 2022 FAQ

FAQ


Sharing Talents

The Variety Show is one of several chances for the youth to share their talents and gifts. It is unique in the fact that is primarily for the fun and entertaining performances. Musical numbers, dance routines, skits, and just about anything else that would be fun to watch up on stage. Once you’re registered for the retreat, we will be sending out more details on how to sign up/audition virtually.

The Skill Share Fair will be an opportunity for students to showcase a skill, talent, hobby, or just about anything they can share and teach people about at their own table for 20 to 30 minutes. This will be an opportunity for youth to share things that are unique or interesting but not necessarily the entertaining things they will be putting in their Variety Show performances. Students might bring pictures, artwork, objects, a laptop, or anything they can reasonably bring to campus fit on their table. Once you’re registered for the retreat, we will be sending out more details on how to sign up/audition virtually.

No. To preserve the nature of sacred music, we will be having youth preform spiritual musical numbers at the beginning of the Morningsides and our Thursday Fireside. Once you’re registered for the retreat, we will be sending out more details on how to sign up/audition for these virtually.

Discounts

We do not currently provide discounts or scholarships for the youth retreat. We have priced the event to cover costs, only, so that it is affordable to as many as possible.

There are so many opportunities for parents to volunteer with varying requirements. We very much appreciate parents who can volunteer, but these services are not compensated through a retreat discount.

Hosting

Yes. Host families receive $50 per youth hosted, which can be a refund if they have already purchased a ticket, or paid as a stipend if no youth are attending.

This will depend on the host family, but the minimum is 3 youth per host family. The maximum will largely depend on the host family’s vehicle size.

Yes. Each retreat youth can make one roommate request, although this request is not guaranteed. However, we will accommodate where we can.

There is an application process for all host families, in which they will agree to maintain specific standards of dress, entertainment, food, sleep schedule, and transportation.

There are several requirements to be approved as a host family. If you are interested in hosting, please indicate this when filling out you registration information. If you already registered and then decided you’d like to host, you can email Nate Clark at nclark@ahsworldwide.org and let him know.

We will group youth of the same gender and a similar age.

Food

We will accommodate food allergies, within reason. If we feel we can’t adequately provide the support your youth needs, we will discuss this with you and work out solutions together.

Yes. We want the youth to have a fun time choosing a restaurant and going with a group of friends. So we are asking that the youth bring money from home to pay for their own lunches this day. 

The list of restaurants the youth will choose from is found on the Retreat Schedule for anyone that would like to look up prices online. However, we estimate that $10 to $15 should be plenty.

Volunteer

We will reach out to those parents that so kindly offered to volunteer (by indicating so in the registration process) and we’ll provide a digital sign up sheet with specific tasks and responsibilities. If parents decide they’d like to volunteer late, they can send an email to nclark@ahsworldwide.org and let him know.

There are so many opportunities for parents to volunteer with varying requirements. We very much appreciate parents who can volunteer, but these services are not compensated through a retreat discount.

We will have several opportunities for parents to volunteer, and we would LOVE your help. Some of the volunteer jobs include food prep, food serving, set-up/clean-up for various activities/events, coordination and communication, extra supervision, etc.

Transportation

Host families are responsible for getting youth up, showered, and fed before they bring them to the school each morning in time for Morning Devotional and Gospel Study. Host families will also pick their youth up at the end of each day.

We won’t be picking up or dropping off students at the airport this year. However, we will be helping coordinate hosting again. So, whether you find your own hosting or we help pair you with a family, you may be able to coordinate something with them.

Other

We’ve tried to plan a variety of activities to satisfy the expectations of as many students as possible. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to cater to everyone’s specific interests, but we hope that there is enough variety throughout the day where they will look forward to the activities.

We will be following the For the Strength of Youth guidelines by admitting only youth that are turning 14 or older in 2022 to the dance.

 Currently, no. We will extend invitations to various groups connected with AHS. The cap for this event is 200 youth, and we will likely fill that with those who attend AHS and AHS Online.

Full refunds will be provided for any reason until registration closes on July 1st. Thereafter, no refunds are provided in order to help us plan the event in a way that covers all the committed costs of the event. Exceptional circumstances will be considered.

We are so excited to hike to the top of Mount Timpanogos again this year! It was such a hit last year we just have to do it again. It will take place Friday August 12th. There is a detailed schedule in pink on the right side of the normal retreat schedule. To cover the cost of transportation, food, and water we will be charging $25 per person. Parents and other family members are welcome to join. We will be holding a fitness test to ensure that everyone that wants to come is ready for the challenge. It will consist of an early morning one mile run and must be completed without stopping or walking. This will take place on AHS campus Wednesday August 10th (the second full day of the retreat) at 6:30 AM. This is listed as the alternate morning schedule on the normal retreat schedule in yellow font. Once everyone has registered for the retreat, we will be sending out a google survey to see who wants to Hike Timp and to gather information from you. We will also send you a Venmo handle so you can pay.

Mount Timpanogos is 11,749 feet tall. The hike is 18 miles round trip with over 4,000 feet of elevation gain. Even taking into consideration these facts, children as young as 9 to 10 years old have successfully completed the climb. The best things you can do to prepare are to improve your cardiovascular conditioning by hiking, running, biking, and to have a very good, comfortable, proven pair of hiking shoes and socks. Blisters, dehydration, and sunburns are the main cause of troubles on Timpanogos. So, preparation will be key to having a great experience. To make sure everyone is ready, we will be holding a fitness test. It will consist of an early morning one mile run and must be completed without stopping or walking. This will take place on AHS campus Wednesday August 10th (the second full day of the retreat) at 6:30 AM. This is listed as the alternate morning schedule on the normal retreat schedule in yellow font.

The theme of the retreat is “Move Mountains” from President Nelson’s talk on faith. We hope that participants forge new friendships and have a blast while doing it. But mostly, we want youth to leave with increased faith in Jesus Christ so they can face challenges with confidence and trust in Him.

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