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Know Before You Go!

Summer Conference 2016

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June 15, 2016

Know Before You Go!

We will be gathering at Cheyney University in Cheyney, PA in less than two weeks! Here are a few things to Know Before You Go!

If you still need to register, click here to do so now! (Please note that late fees now apply.)

GENERAL

If you are an ABC pastor and want CEUs (ABC Continuing Education Units), contact Scott at scott@bpfna.org immediately so we can have a certificate printed out and ready for you.

There will be a number of off-campus afternoon activities. If you have a car available, please consider driving so others can attend.

Peace Camp is a laid-back place with a casual dress code. Jeans and t-shirts (or items similar) are absolutely fine! However, if you would like to wear something fancier to the Prom for ALL (see details below), please remember to bring something.

Get a feel for the week before you arrive! Click here for a schedule, here to meet the leadership, and here for a list of workshops!

GETTING THERE

The Cheyney University campus is easily accessible from Interstates 76 and 95. If you prefer to fly, you will wish to use Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), approximately a half hour from campus. Amtrak also serves the Philadelphia area.

If you fly or take the train into Philadelphia, you can arrange and pay for a private shuttle or contact a local Uber driver to get you to the Cheyney campus.

ARRIVING AND DEPARTING

Checking in: We begin with check-in at 12 noon on Monday, June 27 in the lobby of the New Residence Hall. Late check-in will be available at the entrance of the Ada S. Georges Dining Hall. If you arrive after 9:30pm contact a Cheyney security officer (610-399-2405) to be let into your room.

Lunch on Monday is not a part of the meal package. There are a variety of restaurants in nearby West Chester.

Checking out: Our time together will come to a close on Saturday, July 2 with a worship service ending at 10:30 a.m. There will be boxes in the residence halls to leave linens when checking out. Swipe cards do not need to be returned.

For those who wish to stay after Summer Conference to celebrate the 4th of July in the Philadelphia area, the nightly rate of $30 USD, $42 CAD applies.

HOUSING

All housing at Cheyney is suite-style (up to four people per suite) with a variety of room configurations and shared bathrooms. Suite options are: two double rooms; one double and two singles; and four singles. All suites have two bathrooms.

Hangers are not provided so you may want to bring your own. Pillow, blanket and a linen packet are provided. Guests make their own beds. One towel and washcloth are also provided per bed. There is no towel exchange available throughout the week, however laundry facilities in each building are free to use if you provide your own detergent.  

Children through age 11 may sleep on the floor at no charge. If you choose that option, you’ll need to bring your own linens. If you choose to reserve a bed for children 11 and under, bed and linen rates are the same as Adults/Youth.

Animals (other than service animals) are not allowed on campus. Please let us know if you will be bringing a service animal so Cheyney can approve. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on campus. Candles are not allowed in any room.

Alcohol is not allowed on campus.

You will a swipe card that gives you access to your dorm and room, and serves as your meal ticket. There will be a charge of $15.00 for all lost dorm access swipe cards payable at check out.

MEALS

The dining hall is able to make accommodations for special diets on request. Please let us know as soon as possible if you have any special dietary needs! Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available at every meal so you do not need to make a special request for those options.

Those paying for the full meal plan will use their swipe card when entering the dining hall. Meal plans run from Monday dinner through Saturday breakfast.

Those attendees who do not choose to pay for the meal plan may pay cash at the door of the dining hall. Cash prices are the following- breakfast - $6.00 lunch - $8.00 and dinner - $8.00.

Please note that cooking is NOT allowed in the dorm.

GOLF CART

There will be a golf cart available for those who need assistance in getting around campus.

SCHOLARSHIPS

If you are able, we would be very grateful if you would consider making a special monetary gift separate from your own conference fees to help someone with financial limitations to attend. Gifts in any amount will enable us to fulfill more of the many financial assistance requests we have received. Go to www.bpfna.org/donate to give to the scholarship fund.

INTERNET

Internet service is available. You will receive login information at check-in.

AWAB PROM FOR ALL!

You are Hereby invited to the Immigrant’s Ball!

Ada Georges Dining Hall Ballroom
Thursday, June 30
8:30-11 PM

For those of us at the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB) planning this year’s Prom For All, the excitement is building all the more. Our theme this summer is, the “Immigrant’s Ball.” With the multi-year theme of “Crossing Borders” offered by BPFNA, we thought it might be fun to celebrate the many wonderful cultures and rich diversity we represent and bring to Peace Camp each year.

Prom For All has become the happening place to be for so many folks over the last several years, and we want to encourage you to help us take it to the next level! Does your or your ancestral place of national origin have distinctive attire? Special foods? Exciting music? If so, why not share some of what makes your cultural heritage special? We suggest that you consider bringing a simple representative snack to share on Prom night (it does not have to be a large amount – you don’t need to feed everyone there). Or maybe dressing up in clothing that reflects your ethnic heritage. Maybe you could provide a song (MP3 format) that we can have our DJ, JP, play.

Whatever you choose to do (or not), your hosts can’t wait to see you at the “Immigrant’s Ball!”

RECREATION

There are a variety of recreation activities in the area. Information will be available at check-in.

RIDE BOARD

We will have a ride board at conference to allow you to make connections to give/get a ride during the week, back to the airport, or back home.

ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

Please consider a donation of $3 per person to offset your carbon footprint for the conference. Contributions will be sent to the Climate Justice program of Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika. Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika is a women led community organization in Kenya that is working to build the capacity of women who have been adversely affected by droughts and conflicts induced by climate change, in the semi-arid north western region of Kenya.

SAFE TRAVELS TO ALL!

We wish everyone safe travels, and we look forward to seeing everyone soon!



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