This cell phone policy was created by the High School Leadership Team. Under certain circumstances exceptions will be made.
It’s important to note that this policy was created by teens for teens; your leadership team recognized that cell phones at youth ministry events were a hindrance to community building and distracted others from growing deeper in their relationship with the Lord.
Cell phone procedures
When you arrive at check-in for the retreat, you will receive a Ziploc bag to place your phone in and write your name on. All bags will be held by Amanda or Cathleen and returned to you in time to contact your parents to pick you up on the way home. Anyone who does not turn in a phone — or does not have a parent talk to the Core Member in charge of check-in to affirm that the teen does not own a phone — will not be allowed on the retreat.
At Life Nights or Edge Nights:
During dinner time, phones are allowed to be used, provided they are not distracting or disruptive and are being used for appropriate things. Once we split for Life Teen and Edge, all phones need to be put away. If a phone is seen, the teen will be asked to place it in a designated spot (a box or cubby) for the remainder of the night. They may also ask the Core member to place it in the box for them. Leadership Team is empowered to ask any Core Member who has their phone out to place it in the box as well. The exception to this is if the phone is being used to take pictures of the night or another ministry-related reason.
At events (baseball game, summer beach days, socials, ect):
Phones are to be used for documentation not communication. If you want to use your phone to take and post a picture to one of your social media accounts, that is fine – but not to be in communication with people not on the event (via text or Snapchat or any other means) or scrolling through feeds and stories.
On High School Mission Trips:
Each mission trip is different, so standard rules do not apply here. The group will decide on a policy that fits their specific trip. No matter what the decisions are by the group, rest assured that the youth minister will always have a cell phone and be available for emergencies.
On Junior High Mission Trips:
When you arrive at check in for the mission trip, you will receive a Ziploc bag to place your phone in and write your name on. All bags will be held by the Youth Minister and returned to you in time to contact your parents to pick you up on the way home. Anyone who does not turn in a phone or does not have a parent talk to the Core Member in charge of check-in to affirm that the teen does not own a phone will not be allowed on the mission trip.