Youth Conference Technology Policy

  • “Communication technology” refers to devices such as cell phones, smart watches, computers, and tablets.
  • Communication technology services encompass a variety of functions including but not limited to phone calls, internet, messaging services, and social media.
  • “Conference participants” include delegates and staff.

Delegates and staff under the age of 21 are not permitted to use communication technology devices throughout the duration of the conference. Ideally, delegate devices will remain at home. If a device is brought to FCBC (e.g., delegates who drive), the device will be placed in a locked storage area at registration. French Creek Bible Conference is not responsible for lost or damaged items.

Staff aged 21 or older will be permitted to use devices for appropriate use when necessary. This use is outlined by the conference director for functions that do not detract from in-person and expected interactions and tasks. Devices should not be used in delegate cabins for any purposes.
Non-compliance will result in the same progressive disciplinary action as detailed on the rules and regulations (“Behavioral Agreement”).

Family members who need to communicate with conference participants should call the camp (610-582-4970) or contact the conference director.

Exceptions will be made for medical reasons (e.g., diabetic monitoring systems).

Photos will be taken throughout the conference by designated staff members. Disposable, Polaroid, and digital or film cameras are permitted to be used by conference participants.

FCBC has a responsibility to protect staff and delegates. This policy specifically addresses the potentially harmful impact of communication technology in the following areas:

  • Access to online material that does not represent the Christian standards of conduct expected by FCBC including but not limited to pornographic material, explicit song lyrics, suggestive video content, and any other material that does not promote decency and modesty.
  • Privacy and confidentiality of material that people do not consent to or makes them uncomfortable.
  • Unsupervised communication between conference participants within the conference and with people who are not conference attendees.
  • Impeding social interactions between conference participants.