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Who is in charge of the tour, to handle emergencies?

Jocelyn Boyd – Executive Director

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Can you tell me about Chaperone selection, screening and ratios?

YMCA youth development staff, along with volunteers who we feel relate well to young people and have a strong presence will serve as Chaperones, with a maximum 1:10 ratio. All must undergo a criminal background check and additional training by YMCA staff.

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Will this help me in my pursuit of a college education?

Absolutely! This will give you a “sample” of college life, costs, and environment.

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Will I have a good time?

99% guaranteed! As long as you are interested in your future success and desire to share your time with peers, you’ll be just fine!

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What is the dress attire?

On campus attire: Students must wear collared tops and casual pants, comfortable shoes and name tag while on college campuses to promote safety within the group. NO jeans or gym shoes.

Off campus attire: While you may wear comfortable clothing while off campus, NO belly-bearing tops, mini skirts, low cut tops, clothing with vulgar/obscene words, fish net stockings, transparent garments, low hanging pants, and hats are not to be worn inside of buildings.

At all times, please maintain good personal hygiene

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How much money will I need?

We do not advise bringing more than $150 to cover snacks, lunch/dinner.   Additional shopping & souvenirs are strictly at your comfort level.  Students are also asked to bring $5-$7 that will be collected at time of departure FOR BUS DRIVER GRATUITY.

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How often do we eat? Do I need to pay for any meals?

3 times/day.  Continental breakfast will be provided daily at the hotel. Students are responsible for lunch & dinner.

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What are the lodging accommodations?

The lodging partner for the tour is Marriott Hotels. Students will be assigned 4/room taking into consideration age and grade levels. Students will be allowed to select one of their roommates.

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Can I change room assignments if I think my assigned roommates won’t work?

Room assignments, if absolutely necessary, must be changed before February 10th

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How many luggages’ can I bring on the bus?

Students are allowed one large luggage to be stored under the bus and one carry-on.

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Can I bring movies to watch on the bus?

Yes however, PG-13 rated DVD’s only.  Rated-R movies will NOT be viewed on the bus.

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Can I bring my video game, mp3 player, etc.?

Yes. But at your own risk. The YMCA is not responsible for any personal items that may be lost or stolen.  However, hand-held video games and MP3 players cannot be worn while on college campuses.

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Can I bring my cell phone?

Of course you can bring your cell phone.  However, while on college campuses during daily tours, student phones are expected to be turned off and out of sight.

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Are there any curfews?

Yes, on average 11:00p.m. nightly. After that, you must be in your room with your assigned roommates only. Doors will be taped at curfew by your chaperone.

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What happens if I leave my room after the curfew?

Any student who is caught leaving their room after curfew will be sent home.  In the event this happens, parents will be contacted immediately to make arrangements for their child to return home the following day (train, flight, etc.) at the parents’ expense.  If for any reason a student must leave their room after lockdown, they must contact their tour chaperone first and receive approval prior to exiting the room.

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Can I visit the rooms of participants of the opposite sex?

Students are not allowed to visit the rooms of the opposite sex.  Time spent inside of the hotels will be extremely limited as we will spend a considerable amount of time touring the city and various sites. However, during extended times in the hotel, students of the opposite sex are allowed to mingle in common areas (ie..lobby, game rooms, etc)

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If I get hungry, can I order food from the hotel?

Yes you can, however please notify your chaperone to assist you before ordering to prevent multiple orders to the same restaurant.

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What happens if I remove or break any items in the hotel?

Students are responsible for any broken items or removed/stolen items from their hotel room (ie.. towels, robes, etc..) Students are asked to not open/use/drink/eat items in the refrigerator.

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Can I call home using the hotel phone in my room?

No.  If you do not have a cell phone, students are encouraged use your chaperones phone for outbound calls.

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Can friends or relatives from the area visit me on campus or at the hotel?

We suggest not, but if needed, permission must be given PRIOR to the tour by the leader.

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Can I visit a friend or relative living in the area?

No.

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What if I don’t want to attend one of the activities?

Unless ill, the entire group stays together, attending all activities. You’ll be just fine!

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If I find a mall, can I go there with a few friends?

To ensure your safety, everyone will follow the schedule together.

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What’s the purpose of filling out the journal?

To document the trip as a college learning experience that can help you choose the best setting for you when it’s time to decide.

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What should I know to help me have a safe trip?

Never leave the group during tours. Follow all rules and policies for the tour. Report any incidents that might jeopardize anyone in the tour group to the chaperone immediately.

Charter Bus Transportation provided by: Aventura Worldwide Transportation