NCSY Event Policies and Guidelines

Posted on May 14, 2016
  • There is a zero-tolerance policy for bringing any alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia, vaping devices, or weapons to NCSY events. The items will be confiscated and teens will be removed from the event, at the expense of their parents.
  • There is a zero-tolerance policy for breaking any of the other safety rules laid out clearly at the beginning of the event. This includes areas that are off limits, staying within the chaperoned shabbaton area, curfew, and program attendance. Failure to follow these rules may result in removal from the event, at the expense of their parents.
  • The most important elements in proper NCSYer behavior are to treat NCSY professionals, volunteers, and fellow NCSYers with mutual respect, and to follow the directions and instructions of NCSY professionals and volunteers.
  • All participants and guests on Shabbatons are expected to have a willingness to observe Shabbat, whether during group programs or during “free time”.  NCSY is mindful that many of our participants are less familiar with these practices, and affords all participants the room to grow in their individual observance and knowledge.
  • All participants and guests on NCSY shabbatons are expected to be dressed appropriately for a weekend based around a meaningful Shabbat experience. At all times: Tops should have sleeves and an appropriate neckline. Any sheer clothing,  mini-skirts, or shorts of similar length, should not be worn.
    On Shabbat: Boys should wear a kippah and nicer pants and shirt. Girls should wear a skirt or dress.
  • Past actions being a strong indicator of future behavior, NCSY reserves the right to limit the participation of any teens in any NCSY activity if there is sufficient reason to believe a particular teen lacks the ability or willingness to follow directions and instructions required for NCSY event participation.

Other standards and guidelines can be found at

Zero-Tolerance means that teens must be immediately removed from the event. If this is determined on Shabbat, then they will be sent home immediately after Shabbat. Their travel home is the responsibility & cost of their parents. If a parent cannot arrange for someone to pick their child up, a taxi or public transportation will be arranged.