Frequently Asked Questions
Why does registration cost more this year?
We are excited to be expanding the conference and offering more opportunities this year, including the use of new venues, expanded food options, and outside speakers. In order to accommodate these changes we have increased the registration amount to $50 for early registration, and $65 for late or same-day registration. We are committed to providing each of you an excellent conference experience that won't break the bank.
What are the conference locations?
Our Friday night activity will be hosted at the Foulger-Pratt barn at 1101 Sugarloaf Mountain Road, Dickerson, Maryland 20842. Parking will be available but carpooling is suggested. The barn is enclosed but in the case of extreme inclement weather an alternate location will be announced on the website, conference Facebook page, and emailed and/or texted to pre-registered attendees. If you have a little extra time on Friday check out the trails on Sugarloaf Mountain.
What food options are available?
We will have gluten free and vegetarian options at each meal. We unfortunately will not be able to accommodate any other dietary restrictions. A full list of meal ingredients will be available at the conference. If you have any serious allergies or other dietary restrictions please note these during the registration process. We recommend you consider bringing your own food items if you have a serious allergy or dietary restriction that would prevent you from eating the food provided at the conference.
How do I find housing?
There are several excellent housing options for you in the Germantown area. Please see our Travel and Lodging page for suggestions on local hotel options. The Comfort Inn in Gaithersburg, located at 16216 Frederick Road, Gaithersburg MD 20877, has reserved 10 rooms for our conference at a discounted price of $119 per night. Six of the rooms have a single king size bed, and four of the rooms have two queen size beds. If you are interested in booking one of these rooms, call the hotel at 301-330-0023 and let them know you are part of the 'Joy in the Journey' group. You can also use this link to reserve a room using the 'Joy in the Journey Conference Group' name and group code E15309. Rooms must be reserved by July 5 to be eligible for the discounted rate.
Will carpooling be arranged to and from activities?
While we will do our best to help facilitate carpooling, there will be no formally arranged carpools and we cannot guarantee rides to or from activities. We have provided the option during registration to indicate interest in carpooling and will help direct those interested in carpooling toward resources they can use to manage and arrange carpooling options. If you do not have your own form of transportation we suggest you make transportation arrangements prior to the conference.
What special accomodations are available?
For those with dietary restrictions we are providing gluten free and vegetarian options for each meal. We unfortunately will not be able to accomodate other dietary restrictions. The church building is disability accessible and provides handicapped parking. If you require special accomodations please note these during registration. We will contact you to see what accomodations can be made.
Do I have to register online?
If you are not comfortable with registering online our registration page has a link to a PDF registration form. You do have the option of filling out the PDF registration form, emailing it to email@example.com, and submitting payment when you arrive at the conference. However, please be aware that there may be a limit on the number of people who can register for the conference or participate in certain workshops. Without payment at the time of registration we cannot guarantee that you will be admitted to the conference if we have reached our maximum capacity or that you will be able to attend the workshops of your choice.
What if I can't afford the conference?
We want everyone to be able to attend the conference. If attending the conference would present a financial hardship, we encourage you to discuss options with your local ward leaders. If you require further assistance please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who can attend the conference?
The Joy in the Journey conference is open to any single adult over 31 years of age. All divorces must be final and LDS standards apply.
What are the conference standards?
We expect that all attendees will adhere to Latter-day Saint standards regarding behavior, dress, and language. Divorces must be final. Attendees who are engaging in disrespectful, inappropriate, or unlawful behavior will be asked to leave the conference.
Can I get a refund?
We understand that life happens. If you registered and paid for the conference and are unable to attend we will offer refunds through July 5. After July 5 no refunds will be provided. If your plans to attend change after July 5 we suggest posting your ticket to the conference Facebook page. If you find someone willing to use your ticket you can transfer your registration by emailing email@example.com
What does my registration cover?
The full conference registration will cover access to each of our venues, workshops, and the dance. Meals will be provided on Friday evening; Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch. Please note that the breakfast on Sunday morning will be a light continental breakfast. The registration cost does not cover any of the optional Saturday afternoon activities.
Do I have to register for the entire conference?
We offer the option to register for the full conference, or to register by day. If you are not able to attend the full conference, select and pay for only the days you can attend. We also offer the option of registering for the Saturday dance only. You can choose any combination of events that works for you. There is a discounted early registration price for the full conference. The per day prices and dance only price are not discounted.
What are my options for Saturday activities?
Saturday afternoon from 2:30-6:30pm is designated as free time and we are not suggesting any official activities. For those unfamiliar with the area we have provided some information on fun local activities below. While we will try to facilitate carpooling, we cannot guarantee that transportation or carpooling will be available to any of the activities. We recommend that if you are interested in carpooling to an activity that you post on the conference Facebook page.
Are we doing a service project?
Yes! We are collecting school supplies to support the annual school supply drive for Interfaith Works, a non-profit based in Rockville, Maryland. Every year they put together thousands of backpacks for children without the resources to go back to school with the necessary supplies. We hope you will help us by bringing items to donate. We will be sorting donated items on Saturday during lunch.
What school supply donations are needed?
That's a great question! There are a lot of supplies that are needed and every little bit helps. See the list below to find out what supplies are being requested. If you are able to donate any of the supplies below please bring them with you to the conference and help us in our efforts to support this good cause. Donated school supplies should be newly purchased.
How do I sign up for text alerts?
We are offering the option for registrants to recieve live text updates during the conference through the Remind app. You don't have to download anything - the messages will just appear as a text on your phone. Regular data and text messaging fees may apply.
Do I need a Paypal account in order to pay for the conference?
No. Paypal processes our payments but our checkout process allows you to use the guest checkout option and pay with your own credit or debit card. Just choose 'Paypal Checkout' and 'Pay with a debit or credit card.'
Is there an excercise class?
YES! We will be offering an early morning exercise class on Saturday, July 20, as part of the conference. Participants will have the chance to do yoga, Pilates, and stretching led by our wonderful volunteer, Evelyn Langdon. The class will run from 6:30-7:30am at the Montgomery Village chapel, 20020 Montgomery Village Ave, Montgomery Village, MD 20886. Bring a towel and/or yoga mat and start off your Saturday at the conference with a strong, healthy start.