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Saturday October 21, 2017

9 a.m. -5 p.m.

at the Rochester Meeting House

Ages: 4th grade - 12th grade

two tracks: Older / Younger (as needed)

There will be:

  • Music, art, games,
  • conversations and activities around the issues that are important to you.
  • A look at what people in your region can do (and are doing) to make our society better.
  • a group that accepts you just as you are.

Register on-line.  

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 Suggested donation of $10 for lunch, snacks and supplies - if you are paying on arrival or not paying, just put 0 in the payment line on the confirmation page after you submit the registration.

Aug 26 -27  Saturday - Sunday

An all-time favorite of the parents and kids who have attended in the past, this is one of our favorites as well.  Each kid brings an adult (parent, grand parent, etc.) who jumps into the conference as another youth attender.

In conjunction with the Fun in the Sun week we will have a full day and night of youth program activities for 3rd and 4th graders and their parents. We’ll play games, take hikes, share stories and maybe swim in the pond. We’ll also explore insides: of logs, the Anna Curtis Center (ACC), you. What’s inside that wants to get out and what from the outside do you let in?


What will parents do??

  • All the stuff the kids are doing, plus:
    • Meet other parents with kids the same age.
    • Get to know Chris and Mike, the Powell House youth directors.
    • Experience 1st hand what happens in a youth conference.
    • Get caught big time in elbow tag.
    • Have even more fun than the kids.  Laugh.

The cost is $75 per person.  We give financial aid on request (you tell us the amount). If you are already going to Fun in the Sun there is no additiaonl charge for jumping into Inside/Outside. 

"Fun in the Sun" is an unprogrammed week for families at Powell House --click for more info...


Nov 3-5


Take a breath, let out a laugh, kick off your shoes or lace up your sneakers.

In the midst of exams, college applications, family holiday preparations and other things that fill your plate, treat yourself to a weekend of play, pure and simple. Of course, there’s always time for a soul-satisfying conversation around the meaning of life and our place in the world, served with hot tea and fresh cookies.

And a chance to reconnect with, or meet for the first time, people who love you just as you are.

Fee $125   (financial aid given on request )

Johanna Jackson and Mike Clark are facilitating this conference. 

 This conference is through the youth program, so adults who attend are expected to follow the schedule, expectations and guidelines of a youth conference.

Feb 2-4, 2018

“Alone” comes in many flavors like those every-flavor jelly beans. ( “Hmm, is this flavor mango or ear wax?” ) Some are yummy and some are yucky.

Alone can be powerful; alone can be painful.

We will share experiences on how to cope with this universal experience and to practice ways to be powerful individuals, even when in a crowd.

But for most of THIS weekend we will not be alone. It is an almost full moon, so plan on group night walks ( Will we have deep snow for that? A frozen pond?) and a fire. We may be all adult-ish, but there should still be pillow piles, people piles and piles of snacks to keep us fueled for games and small group discussions.

In spite of the title, we also encourage you to invite other young adults who have not been to the Powell House youth program. This is a great conference for first time attenders or folks who have not been in long while.

Fee $125

While Mike Clark and Chris DeRoller plan to facilitate this conference, they probably won't do it alone. To start, much of the content was developed by a young adult who was left alone at Powell House due to a snow storm.


This conference is through the youth program, so adults who attend are expected to follow the schedule, expectations and guidelines of a youth conference.

Dec 8-10

This is our traditional two-house conference where older middle schoolers join our high schoolers to create a vibrant, joyful community.

Large, boisterous sessions mix with small group gatherings for deeper discussions, creative expression and work projects.

Saturday night culminates in a dress up dinner and talent-filled cabaret.

Since this is a popular conference (up to 80 kids), priority will be given to those who have participated in conferences throughout the fall.

Fee $125

Powell House is the conference and retreat center of the 

New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Powell House
524 Pitt Hall Rd
Old Chatham,  NY
phone  518-794-8811
fax     518-794-8815
Adult Program
Youth Program