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- Substantial rain made driving the twisty mountain roads to and from
our April retreat at Ridge Haven camp a challenge for our FANs and
FADs, but the weather was kind to us on Saturday and allowed everyone
to enjoy the many outdoor activities provided by our beautiful facilities.
Hiking, biking, swimming, basketball and frisbee flinging were all nicely
highlighted by an afternoon of team challenge contests involving archery,
an obstacle course, vine swinging and rock wall scrambling, with a final
rope tugging throw down to determine the victors. Lots of our SAYFers
were also introduced to a fast, fun, free for all form of dodgeball at Ridge
Haven's "Ga-ga Ball" pit, and the evening was topped off with a raucous
and floor rumbling game of Bear. Appreciation goes out to Jennifer and
the Durham / Chapel Hill team for all the extra planning and work the did
to make this "away" retreat happen! Other details and thoughts about
the April retreat are in the worship journals on the EPISTLES page.

The final event of the 2014 - 2015 SAYF season is SAYMA:
June 11-14, 2015 @ Warren Wilson College, NC
- Lead FAN: Wren Hendrickson

Please see the SAYMA page of this website for registration and
participation details. Registration Deadline was May 11, but late
registration is available if received by May 30th. We ask all our
Young Friends to please be timely in completing their SAYMA

All SAYFers who registered for SAYMA by the May 11 date
will be receiving a packet in the mail with the additional
SAYF specific Registration, Sponsor and Medical Release
forms. These completed and signed forms are
required on
arrival at the SAYF dorms at SAYMA and are also posted
here for convenience:

SAYF at SAYMA 2015 Sponsor Form
SAYF at SAYMA 2015 Retreat Cover Sheet
SAYF at SAYMA 2015 Registration Form
SAYF at SAYMA 2015 Instructions
SAYF Medical Release Form (double-sided)
Directions to Warren Wilson College

All of the SAYMA registration forms are still posted
here for convenience as well:

SAYMA 2015 Advance Program
SAYMA 2015 Registration Form (pdf)
SAYMA 2015 Registration Form (xlsx)

About our Retreats:
Each retreat is planned by the Young Friends of the meeting that is sponsoring or hosting the gathering. They choose a theme and decide on worship, workshops, activities and food. They experience Quaker process in this planning and produce a schedule for the weekend.

Each retreat begins on Friday evening with a guideline review after all teens have arrived, then a worship sharing circle follows as the first activity on Saturday morning. The retreat ends on Sunday around noon, after gathering in silence to write and share our worship journals about the weekend.

The young Friends have their own Nurturing Committee comprised of experienced attenders who uphold the guidelines during the retreats and attend an additional two retreats each year to conduct business and address any issues for the SAYF community. They also nurture individuals during the retreats.

Additional details of our SAYF program are found on the Guidelines page and in our annual fall parent letter:

SAYF 2014-2015 Schedule (complete)
Parent Information Letter for 2014-2015
Current SAYF Guidelines (rev 2014.08)


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Last updated 2015.04.06