VIA is coordinating an Archdiocesan effort to get as many high school youth as possible to the MC4 Steubenville Youth Conference (July 13-15, 2018). We want to target this conference in the summer of 2018 in order to follow Archbishop Schnurr to the conference at which he will be preaching on July 14.
If the conferences are new to you, or you want to learn much more, check out the Steubenville Youth Conference website.
Incentives for all of the 2018 Steubenville Youth Conferences
In our conversations with Steubenville, we have been able to establish several incentives for MC4, which will also be generously extended to any group from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati attending ANY of the other Main Campus conferences. :
For New Groups: Any parish that has never attended a Steubenville Conference, or that did not attend in 2017, can get one free adult chaperone registration for every ten youth they bring.
For Growing Groups: For those groups that have attended in the past, we will offer a free adult chaperone spot for every ten additional teens they bring above what they brought in 2017. E.g. - if you brought 20 teens last year and this year you bring 30, you will get one chaperone spot for free - there is no limit to the number of free spots you can earn.
Registration Info for MC4
(Read this. . . .It's different than what you are used to)
Steubenville is also willing to hold spots for groups from the Archdiocese that will be attending MC4 to ensure that we get all of the spots we need, and that they are able to accommodate your incentives. If you are coming to MC4, here is how registration will work:
Using this Google form, please fill in your contact info, organization, and the number of youth spots, chaperone spots, and priest spots you want to reserve. You need to accomplish this step by 4pm on Nov. 1, 2018. Brad will report this total number to Steubenville so spots can be set aside for groups from the Archdiocese for MC4.
In order to purchase your spots, you will need to call the Steubenville Conference Office and register between November 6 and November 10. Any unclaimed spots on hold for the Archdiocese will be released at the close of business on November 10. When you call, tell the customer service rep that you are calling to claim you pre-reserved spots that are part of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's block. Give them your name and the number of spots you reserved. Once they confirm your pre-registration, you will need to give a credit card or make arrangements to pay by check in order to secure the spots by paying the standard deposit fee. The number of the Steubenville Conference Office is 740-283-6315.
Transportation for MC4
Here are the details for booking through our reserved buses at Croswell:
* Cost: $2950 per 54-passenger bus.
* Each group will call/email and book the # of buses they need. When you call/email, reference that you will be booking under the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Youth with the group name Steubenville Youth Conference. You will be through Anne Werring: firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> or call 513-724-2206 ext-132.
* Deposits are waived with full payment due 21 days prior to departure.
* Deadline: Any buses not booked will be released on January 15, 2018.
* Each group will need to book and pay for a hotel room for their driver(s) (one room per driver) and cover any parking fees.
* 3% fee on any credit card payment. Payment by check is acceptable.
* Additional fee of $150 per bus if you wish to have Wi-Fi.
Hopefully this is a help for all of you. I highly recommend busing to Steubenville whether with your group only, or by partnering up with another group. The ride time to the conference and back becomes integral to the experience, both in terms of community building and also with regards to prayer, reflection, and catechesis.
Tees for MC4
The Archbishop will be preaching at Mass on July 14. It would be nice to have a display of Archdiocesan unity that day via a t-shirt. These tees (yet to be designed) will be both cool and cheap ($5 each or less). We’ll send an order form out in November so that we can work together to look cool, order tees and, again, keep the costs down.
Group Leader Meeting
Whether you’ve been to a Steubenville Conference before or not, we would like to set up a group leader meeting in early June. This will allow us to pray together as leaders, talk through conference logistics, answer questions, brainstorm follow-up opportunities, and distribute t-shirts. This meeting will take place in Dayton and it will be expected that all of the group leaders attending MC4 (or a designee) will be in attendance. Any other group leaders attending a different weekend are more than welcome at this meeting as well.
*NOTE: If your parish/group is not available to attend MC4 but is interested in attending one of the other conferences, please register on Nov. 6, 2017 using the regular protocol listed on the conference website. The incentive for new groups from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and those who grow (1 group leader spot free for every 10 additional teens you bring) will be honored at all five on campus youth conferences. If you would like to take advantage of this incentive at a conference other than MC4, please email John Beaulieu (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will be sure the discount is applied to your bill.
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