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The time has come for IAC!

You may remember my entry from a couple months ago in which I talked myself into volunteering as a youth facilitator for Intermediates at Conference. IAC is a 3-day residential event for United Church youth between the ages of 12-15, held during the annual meeting of Maritime Conference. (How Maritime Conference fits into the United Church of Canada is all made clear here.)

Well...the time for that event has arrived! We leave tomorrow morning to drive up to Sackville, New Brunswick, where the Conference takes place. The Conference itself will be in the Tantramar Centre, but I believe the IAC event will mostly take place in nearby Mount Allison University. So I'll be living in residence the next few days...mercifully I have my own room, or so I was promised when I signed up for this gig! My daughter and Valerie's have both been accepted as participants, and Valerie of course is attending Conference, so we are all driving up together.

I am a tad worried my introverted side will go a little mad spending so much time in the constant presence of 12-15 year olds! I have been told we get up around 7am, and the youth's curfew is 11pm...I'm not so sure I can keep up with them, but we'll see! :)

I'm also excited, and a little bit nervous since I have absolutely no clue what to expect. Here is all I have to go on:

Arrival time for facilitators is 1pm next Wednesday at Bigelow House, Mount A Campus (arrive @ 1 for 2pm start). The youth arrive at 1pm on Thursday, organized activity starting around 2:30pm. If you have musical instruments that you're comfortable bringing, feel free. The beds have pillows, blankets, etc., but feel free to bring your own (there were some complaints about the pillows last year!)

Not much information...oh well, I know from the info sent separately to M that there might be a lot of walking involved, so I'll be sure to bring my sneakers! :)

Wish me luck! I'll let you know how it goes.

Comments (7)

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Anne, I'm sure that you will be a great facilitator at your conference. Enjoy the new experience and let us know how it went when you get back. I'm sure you'll be terrific.

sandrac:

Anne, I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time -- especially with such great company!

Exhausting, but wonderful. This reminds me a bit of CGIT camps when I was a teen -- wow, I'd almost forgotten about CGIT (I wonder if it still even exists?)

Well, good luck! I hope you have a great time! Let us know how it goes.

Lynn:

Hey, how is the conference? I hope you are enjoying it despite the continual presence of a bunch of 12 - 15 year olds! I will look forward to hearing all about it when you get back. (On Sunday?)

Anne:

Thanks everyone!

I'm back from my amazing, draining, awesome, expanding, uplifting, exhausting experience!!! I will write up an entry very soon :)

7am to 11pm with 12-15 year olds. Glad you had a good time!! I am exhausted just thinking about it. Did you bring your own pillow? I never leave home without mine.

Anne:

girasoli, exhausting for sure! :) I did bring my own pillow, and good thing too because the one in the residence room was flat as a pancake!

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