On their first day, the youth will generally arrive before dinner. They will unpack their belongings into their dorms and then have free time until dinner. After dinner there will be a community-wide opening ceremony in the church, followed by a mandatory youth opening. Here, new youth will be bridged in and the SI Youth Panel will go over the rules. Partway through the meeting, the youth will be assigned to touch groups, smaller groups of about 10 youth that check in every day throughout the week, and will leave with that group to have their first meeting while the parents stay and have a Q&A with the panel. When touch groups are dismissed there will be a freezie pop social at Hales Gym where youth can enjoy popsicles and catch up with old friends while meeting new ones. An optional youth vespers will be offered later in the evening.
Each morning every youth must attend morning programming. This will be located in the Cat in the Cream in the Hales Gym and start at about 9:30. For the first half they will experience a presentation by the youth theme speaker for the week. Theme speakers are different every year and their presentations range from learning a culture’s traditional songs and dances, to learning how to gather support for an issue in your community. At 11:15, the youth will go to their choice of the offered morning workshops, which include things like planning vespers, outdoor games and arts and crafts. Attending a morning workshop is mandatory. Morning programming will officially end when lunch begins and the youth may go to lunch. Once morning programming has ended, the youth are free for the day. There will be two sets of community-wide workshops, one in the early afternoon and the other from the mid-afternoon till dinner. Touch groups will meet at some point during the day, and youth are required to attend. The most common time for meeting is before or after dinner, but may vary based on each group’s needs. Each night after dinner there will be a community-wide activity, such as peek or Monte Carlo night, a community vespers and a youth vespers. The curfew for youth is midnight, they must be within 50 feet of their dorm by then. However, parents may set their own curfew for the youth, but it will be their job to enforce it. Youth staying in the youth focus dorm are allowed to stay up in the lounge after curfew, but should consider getting enough sleep to function during the day. On Thursday there will be a youth coffee house (like a talent show but only for youth) followed by the all-nighter. This will be a dance/hang out in Hales Gym and the Cat in the Cream that will go on until 6AM. It is not mandatory and youth may choose to leave at any time.
Due to the all-nighter, morning programming will not start until 1PM in order to ensure that the youth get some sleep. Instead of the theme speaker presentations the youth will elect new members for the youth panel. After “morning” programming is finished the day proceeds as normal, but youth should be encouraged to start packing that night.
Saturday begins with cleaning up the youth focus dorm (if you stayed in it) and packing luggage for the trip home. There will be a closing ceremony for the community followed by the youth hug-apillar on the quad. That’s the week at SI for the youth!