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. Our Saturday morning events and evening dance will be held at the Seneca Stake Center, 18900 Kingsview Road, Germantown, Maryland 20874. The afternoon is designated as free time. Activities will be at the discretion of the participants. For fun local options to explore see our FAQ on Saturday afternoon activities. Our sacrament meeting on Sunday will also be held at the Seneca Stake Center, 18900 Kingsview Road, Germantown, Maryland 20874




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. There are also camping options available for individuals who are interested. Attendees who are interested in camping can click here to view resources on nearby campgrounds. If you are interested in sharing a hotel room or finding lodging with local conference attendees, we recommend you comment on the Google excel spreadsheet here or post to the hotels photo in the conference Facebook page photo album. Please note that we do not monitor communication on the conference Facebook page and are not responsible for any damage to persons or property that may result from communicating through the conference Facebook page or from contacts made via the Google excel spreadsheet. Please use caution when communicating with individuals you do not know.




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. For our conference participants who are traveling from out of town and looking for ways to arrange carpooling, we have two primary methods to coordinate communication. The first is through a Google excel spreadsheet that can be accessed here. Individuals can put their contact information and reach out to others who are interested in carpooling. You can also go to the Facebook page photo album and comment on the photos for carpooling.




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 joyinthejourney.us@gmail.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 joyinthejourney.us@gmail.com




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 joyinthejourney.us@gmail.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. Per day registration will only cover the meals and planned activities for that day.




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. Black Hills Regional Park (Free/$) 20930 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds, Maryland 20841 (Distance from Stake Center: 15 min/7.1 miles) Enjoy beautiful views of Little Seneca Lake and check out the picnic shelters, volleyball courts, trails, or rent a canoe, kayak, or rowboat from Black Hill Boats and follow the Black Hill Water Trail. Fishing is available of the fishing pier and bike rentals are also availalble. Button Farm Living History Center (Free) 16820 Black Rock Road, Germantown, Maryland 20874 (Distance from Stake Center: 8 min/3.2 miles) This unique location documents the lived experience of individuals on a 19th century slave plantation through exhibits, tours, and immersive experiences. The farm is open from 10am-2pm and admission is free. Catoctin Wildlife Preserve ($$) 13019 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, MD 21788 (Distance from Stake Center: 39 min/34.3 miles) An intimate wildlife preserve tucked away in Frederick county with interactive programs, bird feedings, and options for safari rides. The preserve is open 9am-6pm. General admission tickets are $22.50; a safari ride can be added to the general admission ticket for an additional $15. Clarksburg Premium Outlets ($ - $$$) 22705 Clarksburg Road, Clarksburg, Maryland 20841 (Distance from Stake Center: 10 min/5.7 miles) Just a few short minutes away in Clarksburg are a collection of premium outlets and dining. Check out your favorite stores and see what deals are available at the premium outlets. Howard County American Indian Festival ($) 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, Maryland 21794 (Distance from Stake Center: 44 min/28.7 miles) This popular annual festival includes Native American dancing, singing, craft demonstrations, story-telling, and food. The festival runs from 10am-7pm; entry is $12. Send an email to powwow@vance.net to receive a $2 coupon. Temple Visitors Center/Family History Center 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland 20895 (Distance from Stake Center: 30 min/21 miles) The Washington DC temple is closed for renovations but the Temple Visitor's Center is open from 10am to 9pm. The stake center next door houses a Family History Center which is open on Saturday from 9:30am-4:30pm. Not seeing anything that strikes your fancy? Check out some of these options: Gaithersburg Arts Barn Indoor Skydiving Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Monocacy Historic Battlefield National Museum of Civil War Medicine Brookside Gardens More information and activities can be found at Visit Montgomery If you come early on Friday or have time on Friday check out the Sugarloaf Mountain trails.




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. Supplies: Backpacks Packs of lined paper Tab dividers 2 pocket folders Pencil pouches Subject notebooks Composition books Large markers Red and black pens Rulers Colored pencils #2 pencils Blunt end scissors




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. Our text alerts will remind you about upcoming activities, alert you to any last minute changes or updates, include links to location maps, and include other pertinent information to help you throughout the weekend. To sign up for live text alerts, simply text the message @JITJ2019 to the number 81010 on your phone. You will recieve a message welcoming you to the JITJ group. You do not need to download the app to see text alerts. To unsubscribe, simply reply with the message @LEAVE. NOTE: You may be asked whether you are a parent, student, or teacher when you sign up for text alerts. If asked, answer 'student.'




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.





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