BBYO Manhattan Region's Spring Convention

Friday, May 17, 2019 FROM 1:30 PM - Sunday, May 19, 2019 4:00 PM

Surprise Lake Camp, NY 10516

Manhattan Region

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BBYO Manhattan Region is headed to Cold Spring, NY for our most anticipated event of the year! We're going to Surprise Lake Camp for a weekend of fun, friends, food, and unforgettable moments. This weekend getaway is completely planned and led by BBYO teen-leaders and is the premiere NYC showcase of the power and passion of BBYO. Teens run Shabbat services and a range of programs all weekend-long. 

Sign up by April 12 to take advantage of $50 savings.

Don't miss out on the event your friends will be talking about all year. Register today!


Cost: $375.00

Location: Cold Spring 10516

Travel Info

How will we get to camp?
Friday, May 17 at 1:30pm - The coach bus will depart from The YM/YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, located at 54 Nagle Avenue, New York, NY 10034. Please arrive by 1:15pm to ensure on-time departure.

How will we get home from camp?
Sunday, May 19 at 2:00pm - The coach bus will depart from camp and arrive at The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, located at 334 Amsterdam Ave (at 76th Street) at approximately 4:00pm.

Why is the bus leaving so early on Friday, May 17?
We leave during school hours to avoid Friday traffic and to ensure we arrive at camp prior to that evening's Shabbat candle lighting, We will provide excuses from school upon request. 

Why are we departing from so far uptown on May 17?
Over the years we have found that a Northern Manhattan departure point allows for a more seamless exit from the city and a more pleasurable ride to our destination.

Are teens responsible for getting themselves to the bus on Friday and home from the bus on Sunday?
Yes. Teens are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the buses.

My teen can't take the bus one or both ways. What do we do?
If you have a conflict that prevents you from taking the bus either way, you can arrange transportation to and/or from Convention at your own expense. Please email Jon, Regional Director, at [email protected] if you register for Convention but do not plan to take the bus. Please include how you plan to get to and/or from Convention and what time you estimate you'll arrive and/or leave. Teens are not permitted to drive themselves, or other teens, to or from Convention.


Do I need to be a member of BBYO to attend Convention?
Yes, any 8th through 12th grade member of BBYO Manhattan Region is eligible to attend Convention. If you're not a member of BBYO but want to come to Convention, you'll first need to become a member by clicking HERE.  

Can 8th graders attend Convention?
Yes, Spring Convention is open to 8th graders. 

What is included in the fee for Convention?
Your travel via coach bus, all meals (Friday dinner, All meals Saturday, Sunday breakfast and lunch), camp accommodations and linens, awesome speakers, an amazing song leader, fun programs, and more!

When does the early bird discount end?
The price of Convention is $325 until April 12th at 6:30pm. It goes up to $375 after that.

What is the refund policy?
The deadline to request a refund is Friday, May 3rd at 6:30pm. All refund requests must be submitted via email to Jon at [email protected] prior to the deadline. Refund requests submitted afterthe deadline will not be considered.

Is scholarship available?
Unfortuantely the deadline for scholarship applications has passed. 

When does registraiton close?
Registration closes at 11:55pm on Tuesday, May 7th, or when our bus fills up, whichever comes first.

What should I pack for the weekend?
Expect a packing list from your Convention Coordinators the week prior to the event. 

What's the info regarding the bus?
Check out the above TRAVEL INFO section for everything regarding travel.

The bus leaves at 1:30pm. Will BBYO provide excuses for school?
Yes, we are happy to provide written excuses so that you are able to leave school early on Friday, May 17th. Please indicate on your registration form whether or not you're requesting an excuse and one will be emailed to you.

But why leave so early on Friday?
We leave early to 1) beat traffic and 2) arrive before the official start of Shabbat on the 17th. 

Where do we sleep?
Teens will sleep in single-gender bunks. There will be approximately 10-15 teens per bunk. There will be at least one adult assigned to each bunk.

Will there be adult supervision?
Yes. Just like any BBYO event, adult staff and volunteers will be on hand to ensure the safety, security, and health of teen participants.

Will my dietary needs be accommodated?
Yes, please detail any allergies and/or dietary restrictions in your responses. Just make sure you indicate this on the registration form. All meals are kosher.

I take medication. What do I do?
Teens are responsible for administering their own medication during Convention. Make sure you detail what medications you take on your profile.

What's with this email I just got from
After registering for Convention you'll receive an email from prompting you to complete your CampDoc profile. Teen registrant's profiles must be 100% complete by the Tuesday prior to Convention in order to attend. This is where we collect important health and safety information regarding teen participants.

I'm a little nervous about going to Convention. Is there anyone I can speak to more about it?
Yes! If you'd like to speak to some experienced teen Convention-goers, feel free to email our Regional S'ganim (VP's of Programming), Hilary (at [email protected]) or David (at [email protected]). If you'd prefer to speak to an adult, email your regional staff Jon at [email protected] or Emmy at [email protected] We're here to help!


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