Youth for Freedom Camp Guidelines

Youth Conference Participant Behavior

Participants have the responsibility not to deny any other participant rights and privileges to other members of the Youth for Freedom community. The following are prohibited:

  1. Physical or verbal assaults, and stalking, hazing, threats, intimidation, coercion, or any other conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of another member of the Youth for Freedom community or any other person while on Youth for Freedom premises or while attending or participating in Youth for Freedom activities.
    • Hazing is defined as an abusive or humiliating initiation into a group or affiliation.
    • Stalking is defined as intentionally and repeatedly following, contacting, or harassing another person, so that fear is instilled in that individual.
  2. Sexual harassment / discrimination. If a student believes they have been harassed, sexually harassed, or discriminated against, refer to Youth for Freedom Policies.
  3. Disorderly or lewd conduct.
  4. Attempted or actual theft of Youth for Freedom property or of any individual’s property, or intentional or reckless destruction or damage of Youth for Freedom property, equipment, materials, data, and other resources, or intentional misuse of same, including unauthorized possession or use of computer passwords or keys.
  5. Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages.
  6. Use, possession or distribution of controlled substances, except for legal, personal use of prescribed medications as governed by Arizona law.
  7. Violation of published Youth for Freedom policies, rules, or regulations.
  8. Violation of federal, state, or local civil or criminal laws on Youth for Freedom premises or while participating in Youth for Freedom activities.
  9. Breaching a contract made with Youth for Freedom, including those related to Youth for Freedom-rented housing.
  10.  Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to making false statements, fraud, providing false information or identification, forgery, or misuse of Youth for Freedom documents, forms, and records.
  11. Intentional disruption or obstruction of instruction, research, meetings, or other Youth for Freedom functions or activities.
  12.  Illegal or unauthorized possession or use of a firearm, ammunition, explosives, weapons, or dangerous chemicals on Youth for Freedom property or at Youth for Freedom events; or use of such items, even if legally possessed, in a threatening or irresponsible manner that causes fear of imminent bodily harm.
  13. Refusal to respond to reasonable requests and direction from Youth for Freedom authorities while in the performance of their duties.
  14. Participants are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner at all times. If a participant is reported for violation of the law, Youth for Freedom will cooperate with appropriate law enforcement officials insofar as the law permits.

Youth conference participants are not to leave the premises once they have arrived unless specifically approved through Youth for Freedom and parental approval has been obtained for the individual limited/rare instance(s) or in case of emergency as the majority of participants are under the age of 18. Youth for Freedom and all affiliates are not held liable for any participant who leaves the premises with or without approval and waives all liability associated with those individual decisions.

For the safety, security, and liability of Youth for Freedom, no outside guests are allowed at camp for the duration of the conference.

 

Youth for Freedom is a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment. We do not discriminate based on color, race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identification.

Youth Conference Dress Standards

Youth for Freedom strives to promote a professional, creative, and diverse environment to facilitate the growth, focus and development of the participants. Participants are responsible for abiding by the following guidelines for dress standards for the duration of their stay and are encouraged to follow a dress standard as outlined below.

Footwear must be worn at all times throughout the camp. All dresses, skirts, and shorts must be mid-thigh length and modest. No articles of clothing are to be sheer or netted (including but not limited to shirts, blouses, tops, dresses, suits, swimming suits, etc.) If clothing is sheer or netted, a camisole or under shirt must be worn. No bare or exposed midriffs, backs, sides, low cut tops (ensure the style fits the individual’s body type), buttocks/underwear or genitalia. No bikinis or speedos. Words and designs on clothing must not be offensive or suggestive in nature.

FAQs

What do I need to know before registering? How do I Register?

Information Needed to Complete Registration Forms:

Decide which Session the Youth desires to attend

Names of participant(s)

Dates of birth for participant(s)

Parent/Guardian information

Address

Phone number

Emergency Contact Information

Email Address

Shirt Size (Adult sizes)

Payment information

Parental Release Information

Parent/guardian name

Emergency Contact information

Primary physician’s name and phone numbers

Insurance provider name

Insurance policy number

Medical information – medications, special needs, or existing conditions, dietary needs and allergy information

Registration Protocol:

Make sure you are logged in PRIOR to any time you are registering for events or checking on previous event registrations. INFORMATION TYPED WILL BE LOST WHEN PROMPTED TO LOG IN.

If you are idle on the registration page for 15 minutes you will automatically be timed out and will need to log back in to your account again

Registration closes 3 weeks prior to Youth For Freedom. The 1st week in June is when bookings and registrations are finalized and changes are confirmed. Following that week no changes can be made to any registrations including but not limited to session changes, registration transfers, shirt sizes, etc. 

Due to the nature of our facility, we need to ensure that every youth has enough food, the beds are prepared, and that all of our attendees receive their shirts, swag bags, and any other items.

There are no refunds. Registrations may be transferred to another youth prior to the final cut off date at the beginning of June.

Age Requirements:

To register for YFF youth must be at least 12 years old on or before December 31 of the year they attend.  A youth cannot be more than 19 years old on the first day of their session. 

Age Groups:

There are 4 different sessions, each with their own individual focus, that occur simultaneously during the given week at Youth For Freedom. Participants must select one session and associated theme focus to participate in for the duration of the week. Ages provided for the sessions are recommendations. Youth are encouraged to select their desired session to attend based on any previous sessions they may have participated in and which current session focus or theme would be most beneficial and applicable to them in their life at this current time. There is overlap in ages. Session 1 is the only session consisting of solely 12-13 year olds as the activities are catered to that age group. If session 1 has previously been attended and the youth desires to attend Session 2, please take maturity level and the youth’s desire and commitment to growth into consideration. 

If you have additional Questions or are having trouble registering:

 Please contact the Youth For Freedom Registrar or Administration team through the following emails Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm MST : yffleaders@gmail.com & yffregistrar@gmail.com .  Remember, it is your responsibility to confirm that your registration is complete and accurate.

Make sure that you verify your email address to complete your account creation and prior to any registration attempts.

Confirmation emails are sent to you at the email address provided when you register stating that the registration is booked. If you do not receive the email confirmation, check your spam/junk folder, and if it is still not there, please contact us so that we can assist you.

Who should attend Youth for Freedom?

Any youth ages 12-19 who wants to upgrade the way they feel about themselves and their leadership skills!

Which session should I go to?

During Youth for Freedom, Youth choose one from our four “session’ options to attend. Each session has its own theme and a few recurring simulations and activities. No two years are the same. So attending the same session two years in a row is a great option. 

Session 1 – Ages 12-13

Session 2 – Ages 14-16

Session 3 – Ages 15-17

Session 4 – Ages 16- 18

– If you are unsure, please contact us at yffleaders@gmail.com to discuss your individual youth and their needs

Can I skip a session or attend one multiple times?

Every year and experience at YFF is different from the last and can be attended multiple times. Each level is designed to build on the one ahead of it, so we strongly recommend attending them in order. Only 17 or 18 year olds attending for the first time would want to consider skipping ahead to level 3, and they are not required to do so. If you would like to learn which session would best fit your individual needs, email us at yffleaders@gmail.com and we will be able to answer your questions to help you decide which session would best help you to grow.

Can I participate without being an attendee?

If you are 19 years of age or older you can volunteer to be on our YFF team. Everyone involved is benefited from the positive shifts that occur in YFF. Check out our Opportunities/Volunteer page here!

What do I need to bring?

Check out our PACKING LIST.

What do I need to prepare before Youth for Freedom?

Each session has a book and a TED talk video to read before attending. Check them out on the session pages.