Who is staffing the conference? What is the ratio of staff to youth?
Besides the Coordinator, additional counselors join the group each year. The FABM Board tries to keep a ratio of one staff member to every ten youth.
How many youth usually attend? What ages are they?
The youth section is open to rising eighth graders through graduated seniors. In recent years, between 30 and 50 youth have attended.
How long has the youth conference been going on?
The youth conference has been around almost as long as FABM, almost 50 years! It’s come a long way from its days at John Clarke Lodge (try finding that one on the grounds map!). But even though we’ve been around a while, we are always looking for ways to add a new twist to great traditions.
What exactly do you do all day?
The short answer is: make beautiful music together! In a typical day’s schedule, you can expect:
· Choir rehearsals every morning and afternoon
· Daily small group times in the morning & “AfterGlo” at night
· The Green Lake Youth Musicians’ Olympics (GLYMO)!! Organized fun of all kinds, with some (very friendly) good-natured competition.
· Some free time in the afternoon, or, if you are interested, orchestra or handbells
· Special activities in the evening, including concerts, campfires, and Friday Night Live!
What special activities are there for the youth during the week?
We have a campfire night, movie night, a handbell concert, and on our last night together, Friday Night Live (an in-house talent show) as well as an all-night chaperoned lock-in.
Where do the youth stay?
Youth are free to stay with their families if they choose, but most youth stay will stay at Lone Tree Lodge, which is only a few minutes' walk up the hill from the main conference grounds.
Can my youth participate in some of the youth activities, but not all of them?
Sure. But of course we hope to have them for everything! And of course, an adult must be accountable for and know what their youth are doing at all times.
Do the youth have time to participate in orchestra, handbells or other workshops?
All youth have the opportunity to participate in orchestra and handbells. There are rehearsals or planned activities scheduled for all other workshop times.
What should I bring?
· Clothes: generally speaking, dress for the week is casual, but we strongly encourage youth to pack dress clothes for their final concert on Friday, neat clothes for the worship service Sunday as well as the handbell concert, and some clothes they won’t mind getting dirty for GLYMO, free time and other activities. A swimsuit is always a good idea for the lake. When making wardrobe selections, youth are reminded of where they are going for the week; choose clothes respectful of yourself and others.
· Instruments, if you need or want them. FABM provides some large percussion instruments for orchestra.
· Youth will need toiletries for the week, but the conference center provides towels and bedding.
· Decorations and other stuff to personalize your room (within reason) is always fun. There may even be a contest!
· Non-perishable snacks; we’ll have a snack bar available at Lone Tree each night, but having some of your own on hand never hurts and saves money.
· ***SECRET PAL GIFTS*** At the beginning of the week, youth draw names out of a hat for “secret pals” for the week. Each day, youth are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to give their secret pal a very simple gift. Gifts need not and should not be expensive (think: dollar store!). Writing your pal a nice note or making them a craft is a great touch for the day. This is a great tradition and a lot of fun.