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 Teen Conference 2018 

Preparing Teens for Life

(The Teen Conference is SOLD OUT)

We are delighted to continue the CMI Teen Conference, now in its fourth year.  The Teen Conference is for ages 13 to 17 as well as 18 year olds who are still going to be in high school for the 2017-18 academic year.  If a teen is 18 years old but has graduated from high school, they are encouraged to attend the General Conference.  Students will participate in a number of activities that will continue to build on the foundations of spiritual, moral and academic training of a CM education, forming/understanding Knowledge of God, Knowledge of Man, and Knowledge of the Universe.

Students are also invited to participate in the CM Fair and Talent Show. A new addition to the CM Fair is the opportunity for teens to bring along 1-3 books to display at the Fair for our Teen Reader’s recommendation section.

Since this is a conference specially designed for teens only, children who are younger or older will not be allowed to tag along. The Teen Conference can only accommodate 50 teens and once these spaces are filled, any remaining teens will need to register as Child (Under 18) and accompany their parents/legal guardian to the general conference sessions. Teens must have at least one parent/legal guardian attending the entire general conference. For insurance purposes, teens cannot attend with persons other than their own parents/legal guardian.  Learn more about this year's teen conference below.

Contact information:  If you have questions regarding the Teen Conference please email Brendan Vigorito at treasurer@charlottemasoninstitute.com 

Teen Conference Director

Brendan Vigorito

Brendan has been providing corporate training for companies, governmental agencies, finance institutions and non-profit agencies in the area of overall wellness.  Topics have included personal finances from budgeting, credit reports, identity theft, building savings and first time homeownership.  Brendan has also taught workshops on Ethics and Values in the Workplace, Communications Skills, Having a Positive Attitude, and Sleep Basics.  He has his personal trainer’s certification and enjoys working out and hiking.  He has served as an intermediary for the Virginia Individual Development Accounts program, an 8:1 savings program to help new businesses and first time home buyers.   He conducts webinars on the national level for consumers on financial and corporate matters.  Audiences have included United States Department of Justice, Harvard University, Federal Reserve Bank, National Basketball Association, National Football League, New York Times, Virginia Tech, Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice and Federal Housing Administration.

Brendan has organized and led teams to work with disaster relief victims on the domestic and international level.  Trips have included Russia, Kosovo and the Dominican Republic.  He has a Bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in Business Administration and is a home school dad of over 20 years.

 General Policies 

  • We do allow teens to have cell phones during the TC in the event that you need to contact your parent(s) or vice-versa. While you are with the TC, we ask that you limit your cell phone use to contacting your parent(s) or to taking pictures of the workshop activities. The workshop presenters have been working for months to prepare for your arrival, and we want to respect their work in every way by affording them our complete attention. During your free time, when you are not with the TC, you can use your cell phone as much as your parent allows.
  • The TC schedule that youll receive upon check-in tells you when you are under the supervision of the TC and when you are under your parents supervision. While you are with the TC, you may not under any circumstances leave the TC to explore or even go to the restroom without informing a TC chaperone. We respect that you are young adults, but given that there are 50 of you and that your parents trust us to know where you are, we need to know if and when you may need to step away from a workshop for any reason.

 Be in the Know:  Important Information 

  • Waiver: teens MUST sign a CMI waiver upon arrival at the conference in order to participate in the Teen Conference.
  • Age Requirement: Teens MUST be 13 years old by the last day of the conference, 6/16/18, with no exceptions.
  • In order for a teen to attend the CMI Teen Conference a parent/legal guardian MUST be in attendance at the general conference.

 What to bring? 

Required Items:

  • outdoor clothes and tennis or closed-toe shoes for the hike (no flip-flops allowed on the trail)
  • nature journaling supplies
  • notebook and pen/pencil
  • any medication that you may need in the event of an allergy or asthma attack (you must notify CMI chaperones of this medication)

Optional Items:

  • umbrella
  • lightweight jacket
  • insect repellent
  • sunscreen
  • camera
  • cell phone
  • small backpack or bag to transport nature journal and other supplies
  • cards or other games
  • 1-3 books for Teen Book Recommendation
  • Instrument (we hope to have some Jam Sessions!)
  • CM Fair Display items *see CM Fair Information

 Swing Dancing  

Lance and Jesseca Halverson will instruct us in the art of swing dancing.  PLEASE remember to wear comfortable closed-toe shoes, and not flip-flops or open-toed shoes (you do not want your toes stepped on!).

 McAfee Knob Hike 

You will have the opportunity to hike McAfee Knob along the Appalachian Trail. This is one of the most photographed spots along the whole Appalachian Trail. You will have time prior to the hike to rest, eat lunch, & change into appropriate hiking clothes. No flip-flops allowed on the trail.

 CM Fair 

The CM Fair is a great opportunity to display your craftsmanship.  Ideas include, but are not limited to: Book of Centuries, Nature Journals, Photography, Nature Collections, Art/Sketches, Art Media, and Handicrafts.  The adult conference attendees are always delighted to see students' work.  Please consider bringing something to share with us.

New to the CM Fair: Book Reviews & Recommendations. You have the opportunity to bring 1-3 of your favorite books to display for recommendation to others. Each book will have a place/tent card indicating the reader age range and the book's genre/category.  Book reviews/narrations are optional and can also be included in the display. Parents: please make sure your teens book recommendations are appropriate for sharing with other conference attendees.

 Talent Show 

This night is always a wonderful addition to the conference for performers and attendees alike. If you have a talent you would like to showcase, we encourage you to participate!  Past years have included poetry, dancing, singing, musicianship (instruments), stand-up, and acting.

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