BBYO Manhattan Region's Winter Convention

Friday, December 14, 2018 FROM 2:00 PM - Sunday, December 16, 2018 4:30 PM

Crowne Plaza Danbury, CT 06810

Manhattan Region

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Event Details

BBYO Manhattan Region is teaming up with BBYO Big Apple Region (Brooklyn/Queens) and BBYO Hudson Valley Region to put on our biggest BBYO overnight members-only event for New York teens this year! We're headed back to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Danbury, CT 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 New York showcase of the power and passion of BBYO. Teens run Shabbat services and a range of programs (from social to service to athletics) all weekend long. 

And for the first time ever, BBYO Connecticut Valley Region will join our Convention Body on Saturday evening and hold their annual mental health awareness mega-event Stomp it Out! with our New York teens in the Crowne Plaza's Convention Ballroom. Stomp out stigmas around mental health and party with a purpose during the biggest dance of the year, with 400 Jewish teens from across the NY Metro Area, Connecticut, and Massachusetts!

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

Convention is open to any member of BBYO Manhattan Region in 9th through 12th grade. Register by November 21st to take advantage of early bird pricing. Scholarship is available. Click HERE to apply for scholarship. Applications are due by November 21st. 


Cost: $365.00

Location: Danbury 06810

Travel Info

Round-trip busing will be provided.

A coach bus will depart The YM/YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, located at 54 Nagle Avenue in Northern Manhattan, at 2:30pm on Friday, December 14th. (We've purposely chosen a departure point in Upper Manhattan so as to avoid midtown and UWS Friday traffic.) Plan to arrive by 2:00pm to leave time for loading and an on-time departure. 

A bus will transport participants from Danbury to the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan (76th and Amsterdam) on Sunday, December 16th, arriving at the JCC at approximately 4:30pm.

Teens are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the buses.

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 Convention.


Do I need to be a member of BBYO to attend Convention?
Yes, any 9th 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?
No, Winter Convention is not open to 8th graders. Eighth graders are permitted to attend Spring Convention in May, however.

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

When does the early bird discount end?
The price of Convention is $315 until November 21st. It goes up to $365 after that.

What is the refund policy?
The deadline to request a refund is Monday, November 26th at noon. All refund requests must be submitted via email to Jon at [email protected] prior to the deadline. No refunds will be provided after that date.

Is scholarship available?
Yes. If you'd like to apply for scholarship, please first complete this registration form and pay your event fee. 

You can apply for scholarship by clicking HERE. Scholarship applications must be submitted by 11:54pm on Wednesday, November 21st in order to be considered. Applicants will be notified via email the amount of their reward by end-of-day Monday, November 26th. Applicants must respond and indicate whether or not this reward will be accepted by no later than noon on Wednesday, November 28th. If an applicant declines the scholarship by the 28th and elects to cancel their registration, they will  receive a full refund of their event fee. For applicants who choose to accept their reward, scholarships will be applied in the form of a refund of the event fee equal to the scholarship amount.

Due to an expected high-volume of requests, please understand that we are unlikely to provide the full amount of scholarship requested. 

What should I pack for the weekend?
Expect a packing list from your Convention Coordinators, David and Hilary, 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 2:30pm. 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, December 14th. Please email Jon, Regional Director, at [email protected] to request an excuse.

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 14th. 

Where do we sleep?
Teens will sleep in hotel rooms. There will be 3 other teens of the same gender in your room.

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. We will also provide kosher certified meals. Just make sure you indicate this on the registration form. 

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 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 our teen coordinators, feel free to email 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!