These were mailed out with the confirmation letters.  You should read all of these BEFORE coming to EarthSong:

Invasion of the Cell Phones

Cabaret Guidelines

Minutes written by youth

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 Cabaret Guidelines

Maximum 1 act per person.
3 minute max for one person.
6 minute max for 2 or more.

Comedic Monologues

  • Humor should be based on shared experiences not subgroups of people
  • Shared experiences are those things that are common among the group gathered and include things like: getting up in the morning, taking tests, learning to drive, trying new/unidentifiable food, dealing with a new pet
  • The no put down rules (even of people who are not here) are still in effect during Cabaret.

Improv Skits

  • Consider demonstrating the skit initially before getting input from the audience
  • Scan the audience well and choose people who’ve been on stage less often than others
  • Keep it moving

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Invasion of the Cell Phones!!!

Cell phones have increasingly infiltrated the youth program – appearing in bed rooms, stairwells, hallways and…

Please join forces with us to halt the infestation.

PARTICIPANTS: turn off phones on arrival and put in your bags – any visible phones will be stored in the office until Monday after lunch

PARENTS: do not attempt to make contact with your child via cell phone during the conference (7 pm Saturday until 1 pm Monday).

Call and leave message at 518-794-8811 ext 13. We will have your kid call you back.

An important part of youth weekends is learning the art of being PRESENT to the moment and to those who are with you in that moment. Capture memories with your mind.

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 Minute on Music

“Consider which music you want to bring into the Powell House community. It’s important to have a variety of music and give everyone an opportunity to play their music. Be tolerant so as to allow even music you dislike to have air-time. Music expresses something beautiful in people. Our intent in determining the appropriateness of music played at Powell House conferences comes from being aware of the values of Powell House and Friend’s testimonies. Be sensitive to music which has the potential to offend and be considerate of how others may respond to it. We encourage music which nurtures the mood, needs, and values of the group. We want everyone to feel comfortable with the message and spirit of music we play here.”

Youth Minute from Planning Conference, Sept 1998

Minute on Community

 “At Powell House we direct our energy toward building community. By the youth being fully inclusive we create the best possible community. Mutual effort among attenders will create inclusive groups that develop close friendships and celebrate old ones. Be aware of the nature of one on one relationships of any kind because a successful community is one in which everyone is involved and all opinions are valued.”

from Planning Conference, Sept 1998

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The minute below was written by youth attenders and then approved by all those present at the Planning 2007 conference. A group of young friends met Saturday morning and reviewed what attenders had written at the Senior High Spinning Circles conference in February. They identified those things that the community agreed on and then drafted the minute. The minute was read to the whole group Sunday morning, changes were made and the group as a whole approved it.

Minute Concerning the use of Drugs within the Powell House Community

Approved at the Planning conference, September 14-16, 2007

We acknowledge that there are some of us that use drugs. They are loved and respected members of our community. We wish to be together. Our experience is that drugs make this difficult. They create rifts in our community and distance people from each other. For some of us the presence of drugs evokes painful memories. For many of us, the drug-free atmosphere here gives authenticity to our laughter and fun. We want a substance-free environment. We consider drugs to be any substance used to alter who you are or which separates you from the group or excludes others by making them feel unsafe or uncomfortable.

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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
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