Guidelines for Parents and Guardians of Teens
ALL TEENS MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF AGE TO BE IN THE TEEN PROGRAM. Proof of age is a birth certificate or any document that requires a birth certificate to obtain, such as apassport or driver’s license. We require a photocopy of the document, which must be mailed to the Registrar when you register or brought to Check-In on Sunday (see Register for SUUSI). This is for everyone’s safety.
WITH YOUR TEEN, please read and sign all of the Rules for Teens when registering online or via paper forms. Please Note: The Teen Dorm does not have air-conditioned rooms. Teens occupy suited rooms connected by a bathroom and share a room with one roommate of the same sex.
Have a frank and straightforward discussion with your teen about what expectations you both have for SUUSI.
There is a blank space on the rules form for you to add any additional expectations you have for your teen. Parents and teens need to be aware of SUUSI policy on matters of sex, illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco and other substances like prescription drugs (see Rules for Teens). Teens also need to know the expectations concerning interactions with others and what contributions they are expected to make to the community.
On Sunday, stop at the Teen Program table at Check-In, and plan to attend the MANDATORY teen/parent/guardian/staff meeting Sunday from 8:30-9pm, following SUUSI-wide Ingathering. This meeting will be followed by the Teen Ingathering which will be from 9-9:45pm. The location for both meetings will be announced in the Arrival NUUS.
Make physical contact with your teen at least once a day. This can be done by meeting for meals or attending SUUSI Evening Worship together, for example. Another good way to have family time at SUUSI is to go on a nature trip or take a workshop as a family. The better you communicate with your teen at SUUSI, the better SUUSI your entire family will have.
All parents/guardians need to understand that they are ultimately responsible for their teen at SUUSI. If for any reason the Teen Director determines that your teen must leave the dorm for any period of time or leave campus for the duration of SUUSI, you will be responsible for housing and transportation.
Communication is key! Be sure to accurately complete all forms and post your schedule on your door at SUUSI, so you can be easily found by staff in an emergency. It helps teen staff to know about any special situations or concerns in advance. If you have any questions or concerns prior to SUUSI, please contact the Teen Directors or in the Teen Dorm during SUUSI. Also, feel free to talk with teen staff at any time during the week. They can usually help or direct you to where you can get assistance. In thinking about scheduling SUUSI for you and your teen, go gently: participating in a variety of activities SUUSI-wide can be great, but many of us have a tendency to try and do everything, all the time. Schedule yourself like a good human: plenty of sleep, awake for most meals, and be sure to leave some time for spontaneous wonder to occur!