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The First "OCA Youth Council" and the 90th FOCA Convention

Youth entering grades 6 through twelve will gather for four days of fellowship, outings, and working with our hierarchs and Church leaders to “expand the mission” of the Church during the gathering, which is being cosponsored by the FOCA, the OCA Department of Youth, Youth Adult and Campus Ministry, and the Diocese of the Midwest.
 
The cost is $120, not including lodging. Local youth from all jurisdictions are more than welcome!

Draft Schedule

Friday, July 22
2:00 – 5:00 PM—Registration (t-shirts, bags, water bottles, youth council schedule/supplies)
4:00 PM—Staff Orientation in youth crash room
4:30 PM—Parent/Chaperone Orientation in youth crash room
7:00 PM—Evening Activity with FOCA Open House
9 PM—Icebreakers, Kick-off talk about why we are here and what we plan to accomplish
Crash room social time
10:30 PM—Compline
COMMUTERS: Parents may pick up their youth by 10:30 PM

Saturday, July 23
COMMUTERS: Parents may drop off and pick up their youth at the hotel. Make sure youth arrive in the morning before departure for Navy Pier.
8:30 AM—Morning Prayer
9:00 AM—Youth Council Session and Presentation by OCCHY
11:00 AM—Off to Navy Pier (takes about an hour to get there). Youth will break up into groups with a map and an idea of what to go see and do. Chaperones will have pre-paid visa cards to purchase lunch.
1:30 PM—We will meet in a designated area for a surprise fun activity in an open area called Knocker Ball.
4:00 PM—Vespers at the Hotel
5:30 PM—Dinner, Feed My Starving Children Event
8:00 PM— Crash Room Social
10:30 PM—Compline
COMMUTERS: Parents may pick up their youth by 10:30 PM

Sunday, July 24
COMMUTERS: Youth may be dropped off at the site of the Divine Liturgy—either the hotel or Holy Trinity OCA Cathedral. Venue to be determined and will be announced at the opening of the Youth Council.
9:00 AM—Divine Liturgy
10:30 AM—Brunch
11:30 AM—Off to the water park or other suitable activity
2:00 PM—Back to hotel
3:00 PM—Youth Council Part 2 (prep for presentations to FOCA)
6:00 PM—Banquet and Dance with FOCA
9:00 PM—Crash Room open
10:30 PM—Compline
COMMUTERS: Parents may pick up their youth by 10:30 PM

Monday, July 25
COMMUTERS: Please note that it is a short day.
8:30 AM—Morning Prayer
9:00 AM—Youth Council Presentations to FOCA
Departures
COMMUTERS: Parents may pick up their youth by 11:00 AM
 
 
 
 
 
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