Standards

STANDARDS OVERVIEW

The Lord has said, “Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly” (D&C 121:45).  The natural follow-on principle is found in the thirteenth Article of Faith “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous and in doing good to all men… if there is anything virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”

Youth who attend the conference are expected to live in harmony with gospel teachings. This will ensure everyone has a safe, enjoyable and uplifting experience.


All youth are to adhere to these standards as outlined below.

Adherence to these standards will be enforced; participants will not be allowed to attend if they are not appropriately dressed and groomed.

Any youth involved in any of the following activities will be sent home immediately:

THE BIG FIVE:

  1. Participating in or encouraging immoral behaviour of any kind

  2. Theft of any kind

  3. Breaking the Word of Wisdom

  4. Possessing weapons or illegal substances of any kind

  5. Doing anything harmful to yourself or others, physically or spiritually

SPECIFIC GUIDELINES

Dress and Appearance - "The way you dress is a reflection of what you are on the inside. Your dress and grooming send messages about you to others and influence the way you and others act" (For the Strength of Youth, pg 16).

"Modesty is an attitude of humility and decency in dress, grooming, language, and behaviour. If you are modest, you do not draw undue attention to yourself. Instead, you seek to glorify God in your body, and in your spirit" (True to the Faith [2004], pg 106).

Youth are expected to maintain the dress standards outlined on this page for Young Men and Young Women.



 

Language and Behaviour - “Like your dress and grooming, your language and behaviour are expressions of your character. Your words and actions can have a profound influence on you and on others. Express yourself in clean, positive, uplifting language and in actions that bring happiness to those around you” (True to the Faith [2004], pg 108).

Charity - Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you; “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:39).

Service - “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40); look for ways to serve one another.

Obedience - Obedience to the commandments is an expression for our love for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.


 

ADDITIONAL EXPECTATIONS 

Lanyards - Your lanyard must be worn at all times! It will get you in to all activities. Do not take it off for any reason. 

Mobile Phone Use - Mobile phones are not encouraged.  However, if Youth choose to bring their mobiles they are responsible for the own safe keeping.  Mobiles may be confiscated if they are used during organised meetings, devotionals, classes and other activities. For emergencies please contact the FSY Office. If your mobile phone has a camera, please do not use it when its use could be considered unwelcomed, distracting, or an interruption to others and their privacy.

Activity Attendance - You are required to go to all of the activities and to be on time.

Daily Materials - Be prepared for the day.  Make sure to keep a pen, your handbook and scriptures with you at all times and take them with you to every activity, class and company meeting. Hard copy scriptures are required during all organised meetings, devotionals, classes and other activities.

Classroom Etiquette - Always show respect and be on time to all of your classes. Make sure that you carry a pen, your daily agenda, handbook and scriptures so that you can participate fully during the lessons. Refrain from putting these away until after the closing prayer.

Respect - Be respectful to the university grounds and administrative personnel. We are their guests. Place all garbage in the bins and please don't litter.  Please remember that you represent FSY, the Church and most importantly the Lord. 

Safety - For your safety, back flips, front flips, aerials, or risky gymnastics of any kind will not be permitted during the week—ask your counsellor if you have a question about what is permissible before you do it.

Dorm Rooms - Members of the opposite sex are not permitted in your room or on the hall floor. You are responsible for the maintenance of your room. If anything is damaged, you will be required to pay for replacement or any repairs. In order to comply with the university safety procedures, you must sleep in your own room from lights out until the next morning.

Room Key: Do not lose your room key. You will have to pay for replacements if you lose it.

Close Your Blinds - After every evening activity, go directly to your dorm room and close your room blinds as it may be possible for people to see into your rooms at night when your blinds are open.

Lights Out and Head Count - At the end of the day’s activities, you will return to your dorm. Your counsellor will do a head count every evening before lights out. Lights must be turned out by 10:30pm.

Do Not Leave Campus - You must remain on campus throughout the week. In order to leave, you must have your parents sign a release form in the Site Office and come get you. Youth are not permitted to drive themselves to FSY, they must be dropped off and picked up.

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YOUNG MEN STANDARDS

"Young men, be clean in dress and manner. I do not expect you to look like missionaries all of the time, [however] the age in which we are living now has become an age of sloppy dress and sloppy manners." - President Gordon B Hinckley


Clean shaven - No facial hair of any kind; sideburns must not extend below the earlobes or onto the cheek

Conservative Hairstyle - Hair should be trimmed above the collar; ears and eyes must be visible; no man buns, ponytails, pigtails, braids, designs, carvings (including mohawks) or completely shaved heads; no unnatural hair colour. Tucking the hair behind the ears or hiding it under a hat does not meet these expectations.

Tattoos & Piercings - Any tattoos should be covered at all times where possible. No piercings of any kind are permitted.

Clothing - Avoid being sloppy or inappropriately casual; no baggy/saggy pants; pants must be worn modestly; no underwear should be visible. Unacceptable clothing includes shorts that do not extend to the knee, tight clothing, shirts without sleeves, or other revealing attire; words on clothing must not be offensive or suggestive. Faddish clothing (i.e. Gothic, Emo, etc.) is not appropriate.

 

Devotional day dress - Sunday dress. A white collared dress shirt that buttons down the front (shirt tails should always be tucked in), a respectful tie, and suit pants or dress slacks with dress shoes should be worn (not casual footwear).

Dance dress – Modest casual attire.

Casual dress – T-shirts, shirts, jeans, pants, knee length shorts, and comfortable footwear.

Footwear - Appropriate footwear should be worn at all times; footwear should be appropriate for the activity (i.e. Sunday attire should not appear as though we are on our way to the beach or an athletic activity). Please note, there will be a lot of walking each day; comfortable footwear is required.


The following are inappropriate -

  • Piercings of any kind

  • Showing of tattoos

  • The wearing of hats indoors

  • Wearing of bandanas

Note: Participants will not be able to check-in at the program if they are not appropriately dressed and groomed.

YOUNG WOMEN STANDARDS

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"Young women, choose your clothing the way you would choose your friends–in both cases choose that which improves you and would give you confidence standing in the presence of God..." Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Conservative Hairstyles - hairstyles should be clean and neat with no extreme styles or unnatural colours

Tattoos & Piercings - Any tattoos should be covered at all times where possible. Only one pair of ear-rings, no other piercings are permitted.

Clothing - Skirts, dresses, or shorts must extend to the knee. Shirts and tops must cover the stomach and back; clothing should cover the shoulders. Clothing that is low-cut in the front or back, tight, or revealing in any other manner is unacceptable. Leggings are not considered appropriate attire at any time unless they are also worn with skirts, dresses or shorts that extend at least to the knee. Faddish clothing (i.e. Gothic, Emo, etc.) is not appropriate.

Devotional day dress - Sunday dress. Blouses must be modest in fit, extend below the waistline, and be long enough to cover the stomach and lower back, especially when bending over or raising hands or arms. If blouses do not meet the approved length, undershirts must be worn to assure modesty. Sleeves must cover the shoulders.

Dresses and skirts must be knee length or longer. Slits in dresses and skirts must not extend above the knee. Dresses with spaghetti straps are not permitted unless a shirt or blouse is worn underneath. "Leggings" are not considered appropriate for "Sunday or Dance Dress" at FSY. Appropriate footwear would include dress shoes or nice dress sandals. Thongs are not considered appropriate.

 

Dance dress - Modest casual attire. Modest length skirts and dresses are appropriate. Appropriate footwear.

Casual dress – T-shirts, shirts, jeans, pants; knee length skirts, dresses and shorts, and comfortable footwear. Leggings are not considered appropriate attire at any time unless they are also worn with skirts, dresses or shorts that extend at least to the knee.

Footwear - Appropriate footwear should be worn at all times; footwear should be appropriate for the activity (i.e. Sunday attire should not appear as though we are on our way to the beach or an athletic activity). Please note, there will be a lot of walking each day; comfortable footwear is required.

NO high heels that would damage the UQ Centre flooring. No stilettos i.e. spike heels, pointed heels, or narrow heels.

Expectations -

  • Hats are not to be worn inside

  • No showing of tattoos

  • No bandanas

  • Only one pair of earrings are permitted, no other piercings

Note: Participants will not be able to check-in at the program if they are not appropriately dressed and groomed.