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It’s time for Regional Convention 2018! Get ready for a convention unlike any other! This year, we are teaming up for the first time ever for a joint regional event with New Fro USY in Salem, Oregon! This means even bigger and better programs with tons more friends to meet and memories to make. You can expect the same great Pinwheel style, and we will definitely be spending quality time together as a region as well.
Here’s What’s In Store:
All of the details and some FAQ’s can be found below. If you still have questions after reading through everything, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.
Regional Convention 2018 is going to be amazing, and I can’t wait to spend it with all of you!
Here are all of the details and some FAQ’s:
WHAT IS USY?
USY is USCJ’s youth movement for Conservative Jewish teens across North America. For more than 60 years, USY has taught young Jews the values and skills they need to become exceptional leaders in their religious and secular communities. USY empowers youth to develop friendships, leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish People, and a commitment to inspired Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences rooted in Conservative Judaism’s approach to learning, spiritual expression, and social responsibility. Through year round programming and domestic
WHAT IS PINWHEEL?
Pinwheel is one of the many regions that make up USY. We are the community of congregations and teens who live in Washington, Oregon, and Northwestern Canada. When we have a regional event, we bring together teens from Vancouver, Richmond, Spokane, Seattle, and Portland.
WHO COMES TO MAY CONVENTION?
All Jewish 8th – 12th graders are invited to attend Regional Convention.
WHEN IS IT?
Regional Convention begins on Friday, May 25th at 2:30pm and ends on Sunday, May 27th at 12:30pm
WHERE IS IT?
Regional Convention will be at:
The Red Lion Hotel
WHERE DO I SLEEP?
Convention weekend, we will be staying in hotel rooms. There will be 2 double beds in each room and 4 people assigned to one room. When you register for the weekend, you will have the opportunity to request friends who you would like to be roomed with. We do our best to make sure you are in a room with your friends.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Transportation details to Salem will be coming out after registration closes. There will be a bus travelling from Vancouver roundtrip to Salem with stops along the way and staff supervising the bus.
The cost for the bus is $75.
WHAT IS THE SUPERVISION?
We have an outstanding group of chapter advisors who come to all regional events with their USYers. We maintain a ratio of 1:10 and bring in additional staff when needed. Our advisors are always with the kids, and we take great care to make sure they are engaged in activities and safe. As the Regional Director, I am also at every convention and oversee all details of programming and staffing. Safety is my top priority. Should your child or you need anything throughout the weekend, I am available 24/7.
WHAT IF I HAVE SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS OR ALLERGIES?
USY events are kosher and nut free. We also make sure that special dietary needs/allergies are addressed. There will always be food for your child. As part of registration, you will be asked questions about your child’s dietary needs. We read these forms very carefully, and make sure that there is plenty for your child to eat for every meal and snack.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
There are 2 deadlines for registration. If you register between now and April 9th, you will receive the Early Bird discount. The cost for Early Bird registration is $376. You can still register through April 22nd, this is General Registration, and the cost is $400. The bus to the convention is an additional $75. CBS does have some funds to help cover the transportation cost- if you would like CBS to help pay for your transportation, please be in touch with Rachel Wachtel.
WHAT IF I CAN’T AFFORD THE REGISTRATION FEE?
Scholarships and payment plans are always available. The region and congregations work together to support any child who would like to attend a Regional event. No one should miss Regional Convention due to the cost. If you need financial assistance, please reach out to me in the Regional office.
WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL?
We understand that things can happen and you might need to cancel. In this case, here is our refund policy:
Cancellation prior to April 22 = Full Refund
Cancellation April 23 – May 11 = 50% Refund
Please know that after registration closes, we immediately begin purchasing supplies, ordering food, and confirming numbers with buses and venues. It is not possible to issue refunds once the money is put out for your child.
I’M READY TO REGISTER, WHAT DO I DO?
Registering is easy! Just click on the link below and create and account. See below for more details about registration.
Regional Teen Engagement Director
US: (408) 892-2732
Canada: (888) 377-2739