Young Friends at Sessions

Weds. July 26 –  Sun. July 30, 2017

The College of New Jersey
Ewing, NJ

Contact: Hannah Mayer,, 215-241-7222

Full and partial aid available!

Annual sessions is the gathering of Friends from all over Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to play and do the work of our community. Young Friends (who are high school aged – rising 9th through recently graduated) will have our own gathering within this larger group, including hang-time in our own space, workshops, a hike, and more! And, this gathering we get the bonus of extra time to really dig into the community – both of Young Friends and of everyone in PYM!


Young Friends have a round-the-clock residential program in which we join the community for many multi-generational activities and have our own age-specific programming for other times. We’ve got time for swimming, workshops, a hike away from campus, free time, activities with the whole yearly meeting, worship sharing and more! This year Young Friends will stay in the Cromwell dormitories. Most of our program will take place in our own designated space. We will definitely be using the Cromwell lounge which is a *great* space, and we are looking into another location for us to be closer to the plenary building and other programs. Check back here closer to Sessions and/or read the Final Details Email for updates.

What to Bring

The following list will give you an idea of what you’ll need to bring  for our time together in the Young Friends Program at Annual Sessions. The definitive list will come to you in the Final Details email a few weeks before Annual Sessions begins.

  • Clothing: Bring clothes to keep you comfortable in the heat and the AC! Also bring clothes and shoes that are appropriate for things like outdoor play and hiking. Sturdy sneakers or hiking boots are necessary for the outing, as well as a day pack / bag. You’ll need  a bathing suit for the pool and pajamas in which you’ll be comfortable being seen (and others will likely be comfortable seeing you).
  • Bedding: We sleep in beds with mattresses. Bring a pillow and sheets + blankets or a sleeping bag. Make sure you bring a fan, as the dorm is not air conditioned!
  • Toiletries: Bring all your regular stuff as well as shower necessities (like a towel!) and sunscreen.
  • Other: Flashlight & batteries, games, craft materials and musical instruments are all appropriate to bring along!

Getting There

Annual Sessions takes place at The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ. We encourage carpooling and will send out a list of registrants and departure points with the Final Details email in early July. *Lots* of people go to Sessions from all around Philadelphia Yearly Meeting – if you are having trouble finding a ride check with clerks at your Meeting or a Meeting near you!

Arrival and Departure

Arrive at TCNJ between 3pm and 5pm on July 26. More details about arrival will go out in a carpool email and be posted on the Location and Directions page closer to the event. When you leave, please find (or have your parents find) and check out with Hannah Mayer (YF Coordinator) or Kody Hersh (YF Assistant).

Hannah Mayer
Young Friends Coordinator
215 241 7222