BBYO Manhattan's Fall Regional Convention

Friday, November 8, 2019 FROM 1:30 PM - Sunday, November 10, 2019 5:00 PM

Hartford, CT, CT

Manhattan Region

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BBYO Manhattan Region heads to Hartford, CT for our most anticipated event of the fall! We're going to a hotel 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. This fall we're teaming up with New England Region BBYO for the best Convention yet!

Sign up by October 8 to take advantage of $50 savings.

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


Cost: $375.00

Travel Info

How will we get to Convention?
Friday, 11/8 at 1:30 PM - 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 Convention?
Sunday 11/10 at 2:00 PM - The coach bus will depart from the hotel and arrive at The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, located at 334 Amsterdam Ave (at 76th Street) at approximately 5:00pm.

How long is the bus ride?
The bus ride will take approximately 2.5 - 3.0 hours, depending on traffic.

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

Why are we departing from so far uptown Friday?
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, 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), hotel 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 October 8 at 11:59 PM. It goes up to $375 after that.

What is the refund policy?
The deadline to request a refund is Thursday, October 24 at 11:59 PM. 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?
Scholarship applications were due on October 8 at 11:59 PM. The deadline has passed.

When does registraiton close?
Registration closes at 11:55pm on October 24 -- 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 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. 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 start of Shabbat.

Where do we sleep?
Teens will sleep in double hotel rooms with members of the same gender. There will be 4 teens per hotel room. Teens will share a king-sized bed with 1 roommate.

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.We maintain a minimum ratio of 1 fully-background checked adult for ever 15 teens in attendance.

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), Charlotte (at [email protected]) or Ben (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!