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Children's Program at 2014 Annual Sessions

The Children's Program

The Children’s Program is a vital part of Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting's ministry. Our annual sessions include activities based on the Yearly Meeting theme for the children through age 10 (childcare for the little ones is available when needed). Paid staff and volunteers plan programs that are fun, active, and focused on Quaker values such as community, service, peace, and care for the environment.

NOTE: Youth move to the next age group based on their age/grade at Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions (end of July). Ten year olds who will enter middle school in the next school year and are ready for more independence may join the Middle Youth program, with the approval of the clerk of the Middle Youth Committee. Ten year olds who have completed 6th grade may choose either the Children's or Middle Youth Program.

Middle Youth at the 2014 Annual Sessions
Photo by Rachel Dean

The Middle Youth Program

Joint Quarterly Meeting takes place in October at Happy Hollow Camp in Nashville, Indiana. Here, the Middle Youth are making cards with materials supplied by Terre Holada. The youth wanted proceeds from the sale of the cards to benefit people in Africa, so they chose to support Right Sharing of World Resources. They raised $90. During the 2012 gathering, the Middle Youth also enjoyed burying young adults in leaves, climbing trees, a campfire, and playing ultimate frisbee with the teens.

At our annual sessions, typically held in late July at Earlham College, in Richmond, IN, staff and volunteers provide age-appropriate activities for the Middle Youth, ages 11-14, that build community, provide opportunities for fun and service, and develop knowledge of Friends principals and practices. There are crafts, service projects, and a rafting trip included in the Annual Session activities. Middle Youth also enjoy overnights, typically in the spring and fall.

During Annual Sessions and Joint Quarterly, the Middle Youth Committee provides staff and programming for activities during the day and evening, but Middle Youth are in the care of and housed with their parents or adult sponsors.

The Middle Youth Committee invites interested adults to join us (you don't have to be great with kids) or to volunteer to run a short program during quarterly meetings.

NOTE: Youth move to the next age group based on their age/grade at Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions (end of July). Ten year olds who will enter middle school in the next school year and are ready for more independence may join the Middle Youth program, with the approval of the clerk of the Middle Youth Committee. Fourteen year olds who have completed eighth grade may choose either the Middle Youth or Teen Program.

Teens giving a report of their activities to the 2014 Annual Sessions.

The Teens' Program

At our annual sessions, typically held in late July at Earlham College, in Richmond, IN or Wilmington College in Wilmington, OH, staff and volunteers provide age-appropriate for Teens, ages 15-18. These activities build community, provide opportunities for fun and service, and develop knowledge of Friends principals and practices. Fun and music, serious discussions and fellowship, and the annual canoe trip are highlights of these Annual Sessions. Teens also enjoy overnights, typically in the spring and fall. There is also a Service Trip that provides the Teens with the opportunity to donate their time and energy to help those less fortunate, such as residents in poverty blighted areas of Appalachia, which provides an opportunity to learn charity and self-sacrifice as well as an environment that facilitates bonding among the members of the Teens group.

The 2015 Teen Service Trip will be in Costa Rica, June 21 to July 2. Alumni of the group who graduated from high school in 2011 or since are invited to participate. Meetings and fundraising activities will be scheduled to support this trip. Read the Costa Rica Itinerary document for details.

The 2014 Teen Service Trip was June 20-29 in Philadelphia. Teens, ages 14-18, worked with the SHARE Warehouse and Gardens, the Tookany/Tacony-Franford Watershed Partership, and the Philly Aids Thriftshop, and also visited several Quaker sites including the FGC Offices. Read the 2014 Service Trip Report for information about this trip.

The 2012 Teen Service Trip for 2012 was June 23-July 1 in Washington DC. Teens, ages 14-18 worked with the William Penn's House workcamp program and staying at National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle. There's more information and photos in the After Action Report.

NOTE: Youth move to the next age group based on their age/grade at Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions (end of July). 14 year olds who will enter high school in the next school year and are ready for more independence may join the Teens program, with the approval of the clerk of the Teen Committee.

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