Becoming a Youth Advisor
Youth CON Information
You’re the ones that make participation in the CONs possible! This link contains important information regarding The Mountain’s Youth CONferences and your role in the success of the weekend.
Supervision and Ratio
As the advisor of your group, you provide the direct supervision and responsibility of your youth group. It is necessary for there to be enough advisors from each congregation for youth to feel comfortable and safe during their stay at The Mountain. To maintain this safe community, it is required that there is one advisor to supervise no more than four youth.
Since boys and girls are placed in different cabins it is important that you look at the ratio of boys to girls you have in your group. You must have the number of male / female advisors reflect the needs of your group (i.e. for every four males there will need to be 1 male advisor). Your youth must be in a cabin with an advisor from your congregation. Always check with the Program Director at The Mountain if you are unsure about the required number of advisors. Please do not bring youth who are not going to be a part of the CON. Each advisor needs to have a background check done by their congregation and a copy sent to us before joining us at that CONs.
The first meal of the CON is Saturday breakfast and the last meal served is Sunday breakfast. Dinner is not served on Friday night so please plan accordingly.
Each of our cabins holds approximately eight youth and two advisors. This means, participants from other congregations may be added to your cabin to fill each cabin.
Mountain Standards for Advisors
Throughout the weekend, you are offered the exciting opportunity to experience everything that the youth do – morning circle, workshops, focus groups, meals, evening programs, worship, etc. Be an inspiration and motivation for your youth – if they see you participating they will want to. CONs are not a spectator event – so get involved and have fun!!!
From the moment you arrive at The Mountain Friday night until you leave Sunday morning you and your other congregational advisors are the primary supervisors for your youth. Mountain CON Staff should be consulted when one of the Big 4 rules has or potentially has been broken, a safety issue has arisen, etc — otherwise the youth are your responsibility. Be aware of where your youth are at all times. Elementary and Junior High youth are to be with you at ALL TIMES while Senior High youth can be in Groups of Three with indirect supervision around the TOP of The Mountain. Please respect quiet hours, which are at 10:00pm, so if an evening program ends after that time it is very important to walk back quietly to the cabins.
To protect yourself and the youth please be accompanied with another adult when there is only one youth in a room. Be aware of physical boundaries. Please do not touch beneath the tank top and shorts areas. Also never touch a youth against their will or discomfort level unless in the case of clear and present danger. Ask other advisors, CON Staff, or youth to be a “buddy” if you need to go somewhere with one of the youth.
As a role model and a representative of The Mountain and your congregation, please remember that your behaviors may influence the youth significantly in a positive or negative way.
Again, thank you for volunteering your time to be a youth advisor at The Mountains Youth CONferences.
Check-in and Transportation
It is the responsibility of your congregation to transport the youth to The Mountain. Please be sure that you receive a copy of the completed Authorization for Medical Care and Travel form from each youth that you are transporting. This is for your protection and their well being should something happen during travel.
Check-in is from 8:00 – 9:00 PM on the night that the CON starts. Please arrive promptly. If you can’t avoid arriving after 9pm please contact The Mountain at 828-526-5838 ext 200 before 5 PM on check-in day.
We can help you find the way.
Thanks you for all you do!
See you on The Mountain.
Youth Protection Policy
The Mountain recognizes the importance of fostering and creating communities where everyone, especially our most vulnerable populations such as children and youth, are protected.
We seek to preserve that spirit of welcome, respect, and trust in balance with our concern for the safety of our children, applying the test of “reasonable precaution” to any policies or guidelines we adopt. We further acknowledge that institutions operating in the best possible manner with all due concern still cannot guarantee an absolutely risk-free setting.
In this spirit, we adopt this policy statement and apply it to all events conducted under the purview of The Mountain.
Advisor Participation Form – Required
In compliance with our Youth Protection Policy, a congregational staff member must complete an advisor participation form for the advisors to attend our Youth CONs.
Download the Advisor Participation Form (PDF)
Print the form
Complete all the information
Submit to The Mountain via Mail or Fax no later than 2 weeks prior to the CON