For students from the following areas: Raleigh, Richmond, Greater Washington Area, and VA Boarding Schools.
Meet old friends and make new ones! Students in grades 9 - 12 from Raleigh, Richmond, Greater Washington Area, and the Virginia Boarding Schools are all invited to come enjoy an autumnal weekend with FOCUS at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. The weekend will be a mixture of fun games, thoughtful talks, great music, and down-time spent on the campus of UVA and in Charlottesville.
The Program Fee
The program fee of $135 covers all program activities, as well some meals. Students should plan to have dinner before they arrive Friday night. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as dinner on Saturday evening will be provided. Students will need to buy lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Please contact your local area staff if you would like to apply for a scholarship.
Your FOCUS area director may organize group transportation to and from Charlottesville Weekend. Please contact him or her for details. We can provide driving and parking directions for those who arrive by car.
Suggested Packing List
The majority of students will be sleeping in bunk beds at the conference and retreat center, but due to numbers, some people may need to bring sleeping mats. Housing assignments will be finalized prior to the weekend. You will need to pack all linens (we suggest a sleeping bag and pillow), a towel, and toiletries. We also suggest you bring comfortable shoes and comfortable clothes for indoors and outdoors. Please feel free to bring any musical instrument, a notebook, camera, or sports equipment.
Please DO NOT Bring the following items:
- All FOCUS rental facilities are alcohol, tobacco, and drug free campuses. To that end, we ask that you do not bring alcohol, tobacco products, marijuana, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia (including electronic smoking devices, vaporizers, e-cigarettes, Juuls, etc.).
Speakers, computers, iPads, tablets, or other devices that stream videos.
If anyone is found with such items, they will either be confiscated for the remainder of the program, or (in the case of alcohol, tobacco products, marijuana, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia) may result in the student being sent home early.
FOCUS is not responsible for any lost or stolen items during the program.
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