September 20-22nd 2024
Registration opens on May 1st, 2024.
This policy will be reviewed and updated per current best practices and the venue’s policies for 2024.
Last update September, 2022
For the health and safety of our community, Haystack and OUT Maine will require all staff, faculty, and program participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Full vaccination means at least fourteen days need to have passed between the final dose of any of the currently approved vaccines and their arrival to Haystack’s campus. All program participants and staff will be required to wear face coverings and comply with social distancing guidelines, if necessary. To ensure compliance we will also require proof of vaccination with the student’s registration paperwork. The student should also bring a copy of their current COVID vaccination card- in physical form or a copy/photograph when they check-in on campus.
Parents / Teachers / Adults
Can a parent chaperone their child? No. We have limited beds available. Allowing parents to also attend would reduce how many students could attend.
Can a teacher chaperone their student(s)? No. We have limited beds available. Allowing teachers to also attend would reduce how many students could attend.
If I volunteer, can I take an art class? No. Class space and resources are limited to the students and the art classes are supervised by the instructors, their assistants, and either an OUT Maine staff member or a Junior Counselor.
Can you accommodate special-needs students? Please call or email us to discuss the youth’s needs. Due to limited housing, we cannot accommodate a youth who requires a private cabin. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-530-6997.
Is there a bus leaving from my child’s school or picking them up? Buses will be available in key locations. Be prepared to arrange transportation to and from a pick-up location or to the event itself. Also, you must indicate on your child’s registration that they need transportation to guarantee a seat on the bus.
Can I stay in the same cabin as my best friend? Please indicate your friend request on your registration form. Both friends must request. We will do the best we can to accommodate, but can’t promise.
Are cabins assigned by gender: You may choose to stay in a male, female, or gender-neutral cabin. If you do not indicate a preference, we will assign you to a gender-neutral cabin.
Can I drive myself to the event? Yes, but you have to leave your keys with the office staff at Haystack during the weekend.
I’m 18, does that mean I can leave the campus during the weekend? No. We have a full schedule for the weekend, which would not allow enough time to leave campus. If you are not interested in participating in the workshops, you should not attend the weekend.
Will I have a quiet place to go if things get to be too much? Yes! We have quiet spaces available during the weekend as well as helpful adults you can speak to if you are feeling stressed.
To be announced!