Young Friends

Young Friends is open to any high-school aged Quaker or Quaker-friendly folks in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting region to engage in community, spiritual excavation, personal and collective growth in leadership and caring, and (perhaps most importantly), the fun and joy of being with other young Quaker and Quaker-friendly folks!

UP NEXT: Spring Gathering at Camp Swatara!

May 4-6, 2018!

Register here and note: registration closes April 20!

The Camp Swatara gathering bridges the community of Young Friends and 6th-8th grade Quaker and Quaker-friendly folks! We’ll open with games and worship sharing on Friday night, and on Saturday everyone will have the opportunity to hike the rock pile and part of the Appalachian Trail (though there will be an alternate activity for those who do not want to hike). Saturday will continue with workshops and community with Caln Quarter, finishing the day off with singing at the traditional bonfire (weather permitting). On Sunday morning both MSF and YF programs will join together for a bridging ceremony, in which current 8th graders will be welcomed into the Young Friends program and 12th graders will be welcomed by Young Adult Friends, followed by closing worship with Caln Quarter.

Welcome to Young Friends

The PYM Young Friends program provides a spiritual home for high school aged Quaker and Quaker-friendly youth through explorations of community, spirituality, leadership, and fun!  For more information about the Young Friends Program, Visit the About Young Friends page.

The Young Friends program is directed by a dynamic collaboration of youth and adult leadership.  Young Friends provides an opportunity for youth to experiment in and learn about leadership in a way that is distinctive to Quaker community. For more information, visit the Leadership page or the Staff page.

The Young Friends guidelines are all about supporting a safe and accepting community in which everyone is loved and appreciated for what they bring.  These guidelines acknowledge that we all may need some help remembering how to be in community with awareness and care for ourselves and others.  For more information, visit the Young Friends Guidelines page

Our wonderful adult volunteers (known as Friendly Adult Presences) make the Young Friends Program possible. Are you 21 or over and Quaker or Quaker affiliated? Does inter-generational community bring you to life? If so, check out the Volunteers page or contact the Program Coordinator to learn about upcoming opportunities!