Young Friends Peace Fair 2017

September 22, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – September 24, 2017 @ 12:00 pm America/New York Timezone
Buckingham Friends School
5684 York Rd
Lahaska, PA 18931
Hannah Mayer, Young Friends Facilitator


Young Friends gatherings create a fun and vibrant community of high-school-aged Quaker and Quaker-friendly folks!

At the Peace Fair Gathering, Young Friends offer people-power for the set-up and basic function of Bucks Quarter’s annual Peace Fair. There’s some manual labor, lots of running kids’ games, free time in the nearby Peddler’s Village, and a pizza party by the pool as reward for the day’s service! This is a great weekend to be in the Young Friends community, celebrating International Peace Day by contributing to this great Bucks Quarter event. Come join in!

What to Bring:

Bring along:

  • Seasonally appropriate clothing, that you are okay getting dirty or ripped – the Peace Fair can be hard on clothes! Don’t forget a swim suit and pajamas in which you will be comfortable being seen and others will most likely be comfortable seeing you!
  • Bedding: sleeping mat or blow-up mattress, pillow, sheets & blankets or sleeping bag
  • Toiletries: all your normal stuff plus a towel and shower supplies (we *might* have access to the showers this year).
  • Other: flashlight, games, craft materials & musical instruments are all welcome!
  • Everyone who hasn’t submitted their new forms in the summer of 2017 needs to bring their new Young Friends forms for this 2017-2018 school year!

Arrival & Departure:

Young Friends are welcome to start arriving at 4pm on Friday to get started helping with Peace Fair set up. Dinner will be served between 6 and 7, and we’ll start our opening activities by 8 (please arrive by 8 at the latest! Contact Hannah if other arrangements need to be made). On Sunday we will close our time together by worshiping with Buckingham Friends Meeting (parents are welcome!), beginning at 10:30AM. Please pick up your child between 11:30AM and 12:30PM.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I get financial aid to attend a gathering? Full and partial financial aid is available to all Young Friends for all gatherings. To receive financial aid, simply register online with either the “partial financial aid” option (entering the amount you are able to pay) or the “full financial aid” option. This financial flexibility is made possible by two funds: the Sergei Thomas/Haley Yarmark fund, which memorializes two Young Friends who died before their time (1948 and 2007 respectively), and the Tyson scholarship fund.
What’s the sleeping situation? We’ll be sleeping on gendered sides of the floor of Buckingham Friends School’s auditorium – make sure you bring what you need to be comfortable! If a Young Friend is in need of a non-gendered space, they should contact Young Friends staff to make that request. A staff person will stay up past lights out (11:30) to ensure sleep.
Is there transportation help available? An email containing a carpool list will go out to all registrants about 5-10 days before the gathering. Those who need rides are encouraged to contact others near them to find one and vice versa for those with space in their cars.
How can I be in touch with my child or PYM staff at the event? Young Friends are often less responsive at gatherings than usual to texts and other messages from parents. This is partly our rules (they aren’t allowed to use a personal screen during program time), and partly a product of being surrounded by lots of exciting/new people to get to know and enjoy. Don’t worry – if something goes wrong you will definitely hear from us or them! Also, if something has gone wrong on your end, feel free to contact PYM staff on site by email at (most effective) or by phone (less effective, but still helpful) at 267-702-4796.