2021 has been a year unlike any other, so we figured this year's DYC should be too!
We held DYC in August so that we could participate in the Canadian Lutheran and Anglican Youth Gaththering (CLAY) together. That gathering is usually in person, but is online this year, so for DYC we got together in person and participate in that event virtually.
We strategized about doing advocacy work in our communities, learned about reconciliation, worshipped, and had lots of fun together. We can't wait to see what next year's DYC brings!
DYC is for youth in grades 7 to 12.
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What is this?
The Diocesan Youth Conference (DYC) is an annual gathering for youth organized by the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. It’s an opportunity for youth in grades 7 through 12 to come together and talk about what it means to be young people of faith in today’s world. We relax, get to know each other, worship together – and have a lot of fun!
Who is this conference for?
This conference is for any youth who want to explore faith. If you've been Anglican your whole life, are brand new to the church, are part of another church, a skeptic, or have no idea at all what you believe, you are welcome here!
But I’m not an Anglican.
You really don’t have to be - we promise! We've had people from all kinds of different denominations (and no denomination at all!) attend over the years.
But what will we actually be doing?
The content of DYC changes from year to year depending on the theme, but we generally spend some time in small groups getting to know one another, do some bible study, participate in workshops that explore different aspects of the theme, do some creative activities, play games, hang out, have free time with friends, and hopefully have some fun.
Who are the leaders?
Leaders at DYC are all volunteers who are connected to the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Lots of them are people who grew up going to DYC, and plenty of others are people who are just enthusiastic about helping young people learn and grow. All of our leaders are screened according to the Diocesan Screening Policy, which includes a Police Records Check and training on Healthy Boundaries.
What's included in registration?
Registration includes accommodation (in private rooms at the Debert Hospitality Centre), all meals and snacks from Friday afternoon to mid-morning on Sunday, CLAY registration, and a t-shirt.
What changes will be made this year to manage the risk of COVID-19?
We aren't sure what things will look like by August in terms of COVID, so we have a robust plan to manage this risk in all kinds of circumstances. We will be strictly following all public health guidelines, including limiting registration, requiring mandatory masks, and practicing physical distancing as needed. All participants and leaders will be screened when they arrive at the event, and we will have everyone's information should contact tracing be required.
What happens if I get sick and am unable to attend?
If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, or travel outside the Atlantic Bubble within two weeks before DYC, we ask that you please stay home. We are working on setting up a group to do CLAY together virtually, and we will connect you to that group.
If you are not able to attend, please let us know as soon as possible, as there may be a waitlist of people hoping to attend. There will be no financial penalty for cancelling your registration.
How does pre-registration work?
By pre-registering for DYC, you will be invited to fully register three days before registration opens to everyone. Our capacity for this year is extremely limited, so advanced access might be key for getting to sign up!
If you haven't completed the full registration form by the time we open registration widely, your spot will no longer be held.
How will cabins work this year?
This year, DYC is taking place at the Debert Hospitality Centre, because they have the capacity to make this event work regardless of public health guidelines in August. Part of that is that everyone will have their own room.