Frequently Asked Questions

NLC 2021 Mini-Conference

Although this summer will be different than the traditional National Leadership Conference, the mini-conferences will still include housing, meals, fun on the dunes of Miniwanca, and the leadership training and community building practice participants have come to expect from this annual program.

Registration for NLC Mini-Conference has closed. 

There are two mini-conferences scheduled this summer:

July 22 to July 25: Connected in Compassion and yunážiŋkhiyA (To Lift Others Up)

July 29 to Aug. 1: Bold Hearts, Rising Voices

The AYF is committed to creating a safe community bubble to reduce the risk that COVID-19 enters camp. All staff and participants must sign the Pre-Camp Safety Pledge outlining expectations 10 days prior to the start of mini-conference. Please see the NLC COVID-19 Eligibility and Expectations for more information.

2021 Program Questions
COVID-19 Precautions



2021 Program Questions


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What are the dates for the mini-conferences?

July 22 to July 25: Connected in Compassion and yunážiŋkhiyA (To Lift Others Up)

July 29 to Aug. 1: Bold Hearts, Rising Voices

Why is the AYF hosting separate, shorter conferences this year?

Hosting two separate, four-day weekends is the safest option for our returning participants, volunteers, and staff that allows us to have programming while maintaining social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols.

What is the registration process for the mini-conferences?

Registration for 2021 Mini-Conferences has closed.

Is there a limit to how many returning participants and staff can attend mini-conferences?

Yes. Due to safety, there is a cap on the number of participants and staff we can accept. Registration for 2021 Mini-Conferences has closed.

What is the tuition rate for mini-conference? Is financial aid available?

Tuition for the mini-conference is $300, and financial aid is available. You can request financial aid when you register for mini-conference.

Will the fourth-year class graduate this year?

Yes, those fourth years who attend mini-conference will be able to graduate from the program. As usual, the fourth-year class will help plan what that graduation experience will be.

I can’t come this year. Will I still be with my class in 2022?

Yes, you can be. We encourage the participants to progress together with their classmates, but we understand that some of those who cannot attend mini-conference will still want to experience the entirety of the NLC program. We will work with participants to ensure we find the best fit for them in 2022 and beyond.

Will conference in 2022 move dates?

We plan to host 2022 conference at its usual time in June. More details will be available at the end of 2021 as we assess the state of the pandemic.

Will there be any opportunities for first-year NLC participants in 2021?

Unfortunately, if you or your child were registered as a first-year participant in 2020, we will not be able to accept these new registrations this year. We hope you will consider registering for NLC 2022, when we anticipate welcoming new participants once again.

What if I deferred 2020 tuition?

Deferred tuition can be applied to your 2021 payment or refunded. First year already refunded. Email nlc@ayf.com to begin the refund process.

What is the AYF’s cancellation policy for mini-conference?

If a registration is canceled on or before June 15, 2021, all prepaid fees, except a $35 cancellation fee, will be refunded. After June 15 but on or before July 22, 2021 for Connected in Compassion and yunážiŋkhiyA or July 29, 2021 for Bold Hearts, Rising Voice, AYF will retain 50% of prepaid feeds.

If registration is cancelled between July 22 and July 25, 2021 for Connected in Compassion and yunážiŋkhiyA or between July 29 and Aug. 1, 2021, or a participant does not attend, AYF will retain 100% of prepaid fees.

Can I volunteer to help run the mini-conferences this year?

Yes! We’re so grateful you want to assist the AYF as we plan these mini-conferences. Please fill out this application to volunteer with us this summer.

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What COVID-19 precautions are participants, volunteers, and staff expected to adhere to before and during mini-conferences?

The AYF is committed to creating a safe community bubble to reduce the risk that COVID-19 enters camp. All staff and participants must sign the Pre-Camp Safety Pledge outlining expectations 10 days prior to the start of mini-conference. Please see the NLC COVID-19 Eligibility and Expectations for more information.

Are there travel restrictions in place this year due to COVID-19?

Under the current state guidelines, personal transportation is the only way participants can travel to camp. You will be responsible for driving to camp. We will update you if the state revises this guidance.

Current guidelines only allow for direct-to-camp and direct-to-home transportation to and from camp.

Opening and closing day procedures will be altered to meet these requirements.

How does the AYF clean and disinfect camp facilities and equipment?

We will increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of commonly used indoor spaces, including group-assigned bathrooms and program spaces. Eating Lodges will be cleaned immediately following meal service before further use. Our cleaning products meet both CDC and EPA recommendations.

What hygiene practices will the AYF adopt?

In addition to increased hand washing, we will install hand sanitization stations strategically throughout the campuses.

Will camp staff be required to use PPE?

Yes, we will require and provide PPE as necessary per regulation and best practice for our staff based on position and responsibilities in the community.

How well are the cabins and other indoor spaces ventilated?

According to our cubic foot calculations, the majority of indoor spaces, including cabins, are adequately vented per the current camper and staff ratios. In the few areas where we have less than adequate air space, we will install fans to properly ventilate the space.

Is camp the right setting for a participant considering their health conditions this summer?

AYF advises all staff members and participants to consult with their medical provider to determine if camp is a reasonably safe option for them this year. State guidelines include a number of recommendations and considerations that we urge participants to take into account. Please see the NLC COVID-19 Eligibility and Expectations and Expectations for more information.

How will the AYF monitor participants’ health?

At least once a day, all participants will have their temperatures checked and will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.

Our on-site medical staff will follow specific protocols if any participant or staff member has an elevated temperature or exhibits COVID-related symptoms.

How will the AYF handle non-COVID illnesses?

Health care staff will handle illness and injury at NLC as they always have, while taking added precautions against COVID-19. We will work throughout the winter and spring to develop modified procedures at the health center, but likely it will look and feel much as it always has.

What will you do if someone shows COVID-19 symptoms?

If staff or participants exhibit any symptoms or have knowingly been exposed to anyone with COVID, they will be quarantined from others. They will not participate in any NLC activities, go to the dining hall, or be present in other public places while test results are pending.

What will the AYF do if someone tests positive for COVID-19 during NLC?

The person diagnosed with COVID-19 will be isolated. Per CDC guidelines, the participant needs to leave or be picked up by family and brought back home by private transportation.

Health team will work in tandem with local health officials to decide next for groups.

What if a participant needs medical care outside of camp?

We will aim to minimize trips to outside clinics when possible by using telehealth appointments.

For medical needs requiring a local urgent care or emergency room, a brief assessment or treatment, such as an X-ray or sutures, we will follow appropriate COVID-19 safety protocol while off-campus and upon return to camp.

Extended off-site medical visits may result in a camper or staff member having to leave the community.