Big Apple Region Spring Convention 2020

Friday, May 15, 2020 FROM 5:00 PM - Sunday, May 17, 2020 2:00 PM

Camp Laurelwood, CT

Big Apple Region

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The Registration for this event has not started yet. Registration will start on 4/1/2020 3:00:00 PM

Event Details

Big Apple Region is proud to present Spring Convention 2020: Best of BBYO!

We are thrilled to bring the best of ourselves to a new camp for the best convention yet! With innovative programming, an entire overnight camp to ourselves, and a full weekend of unforgettable memories, Spring Convention is a true highlight of your Big Apple BBYO experience.

Spring Convention will include:

  • Special senior moments
  • Exclusive eighth grade experiences
  • Engaging Shabbat services planned by your fellow teen leaders
  • The election of the 43rd Big Apple Regional Board
  • Fun and meaningful programming created by your fellow teen leaders
  • Musical moments featuring our guest songleader, Nick May
  • Guest speakers
  • Swimming and Sports and Music and more during Chofesh (free time)
  • Even more surprises along the way!

At Convention, you will make new friends, make new memories, and make our community even stronger just by being there! We can't wait to see you at camp - check out the Q&A below and contact regional staff with any further questions!


Scholarship and Deposit Information
Please be aware of the following policies for deposits and scholarships:

  • Deposits
    • Members and families who are not able to make a full payment at the time of Registration opening may qualify for a deposit.
    • Deposits must be independently arranged with Rob or Brittany
    • Full balances are due April 30, 2020. Teens with incomplete balances on May 1 will be cancelled from registration.
  • Scholarships
    • We are determined to ensure that finances are not a barrier for any Alephs or BBGs who wish to attend Spring Convention. We have scholarship funding available for need-based requests!
    • Awards are based on family income as well as compounding factors such as siblings in college and costly life events. Our average award for our previous convention was $80.
    • You must be registered for convention first before applying for a scholarship. Scholarships will be applied via a direct refund to the credit card/bank account used for registration. If paying the full balance upfront will cause hardship upon a teen or family, please be in touch with Rob and Brittany to arrange a deposit.
    • To apply, please use the scholarship application form.
    • Applications are due by April 24, 2020
    • Scholarship announcements will be made by April 29, 2019
    • Full balances are due April 30, 2020. Teens with incomplete balances on May 1 will be cancelled from registration.

Cost: $330.00

Travel Info

Busing is included in the cost of convention, and will depart locally in the mid-day on Friday. We will provide a school Excusal Note closer to Convention to accommodate any missed school. We will be providing busing from three stops:

  • Samuel Field Y (Little Neck, Queens) departing at TBD on Friday, May 15
  • Temple Sholom of Flatbush (Mill Basin, Brooklyn) departing at TBD on Friday, May 15
  • Park Slope Jewish Center (Park Slope, Brooklyn) departing at TBD on Friday, May 15

All buses will return on Sunday, May 17 at approximately 5 pm - parents and guardians, please be in touch with your teens on Sunday to get an accurate pick-up time.


Wait, a BBYO Convention at camp?
That's right! For the second year, we're excited to be going to camp for Spring Convention and to take advantage of the great outdoors. This means that some elements of this convention will be different from hotel conventions you may have attended in the past - we will be sleeping in cabins, many activities will be outside, and we have access to campfires, a waterfront, and much more. When it comes to the content of convention, such as programs, sisterhood and brotherhood, and Jewish moments, it will be the same great teen-led content we have always offered - just in a new and exciting setting.



What do I need to bring?
The camp will be providing all meals and snacks. Participants should NOT bring snacks or additional food unless it is approved and managed by staff, as food in the cabins increases the risk of pests. Teens and staff will need to bring their own linens! This should include bed sheets and/or a sleeping bag, extra blankets, a pillow and pillowcase, and a towel. Please be aware that the cabins may be cool or chilly at night time in May - please bring warm pajamas and extra blankets. A more detailed packing list will be coming out closer to Convention.



Cancellation Policy
The deadline to cancel with a full program refund (less a $36 administrative fee) will be April 29, 2020. Until that date, full refunds (less a $36 administrative fee) will be granted for cancellations in writing (e-mail is acceptable), for any reason.  After the deadline, partial refunds may be available based on convention expenses already paid (hotel, transportation, etc.). Within fourteen days of convention we’ve already confirmed final counts with our vendors, and no refunds will be given. “No shows” will not receive a refund.