Frequently Asked Questions

When is the festival?

Starts at 6:00pm on Friday, August 9, 2019, Ends at 2:00pm on Sunday, August 11, 2019.

Registration begins on Friday at 12:30pm.


Where is the festival being held?

Camp Nageela Midwest*

26710 West Nippersink Road

Ingleside, IL 60041


Please click on this link for exact location and directions.

*Please note the venue may appear on Google Maps under its previous name, Camp Henry Horner

Camp’s website:

Who is eligible to attend the festival?

All Young Adults (18-40 years), Final year Group 4 SSE students from Zone 1 and other Zones, National Young Adult Advisors and Regional Young Adult Advisors from Zone 1 are eligible to attend the festival.


Are SSE Group 4 invited?

In the spirit of our current International Young Adult initiative focused on Group 4 SSE to YA transitions, we are opening up a very limited amount of slots for our upcoming Zone 1 Young Adult Festival (ZYAF2019) to final year Group 4 SSE students only.

To be eligible to register for ZYAF2019, Group 4 SSE students need to:

  1. Be in their final year of SSE

  2. Have parental or guardian approval (Indicate Parent's contact in the registration form)

  3. Register and provide payment at by July 19th, 2019 at the very latest

  4. Suggest the names of any YAs from their geographies that could serve as their travel guardian and as a Big Brother/Big Sister at the festival


What are the activities/programs at the Festival?

Please click here for more details:




Where/how do I register?

To register now, please click here


Are walk-ins welcome?

Unfortunately, walk-ins will not be accommodated due to campsite requirements. Registration is required to attend the festival.


What is the registration cost and what does it cover?

Campsite accommodation delegates:

  • Adults and children (6 and older): $130 USD

  • Children (5 and under)              : Free

This includes campsite accommodation from Friday evening to Sunday noon, all meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch, transportation to and from the local airports (ORD, MDW).


Non-Campsite accommodation/Day delegates:

  • Adults and children (6 and older): $90 USD

  • Children (5 and under)              : Free

This includes all meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch, transportation to and from the local airports (ORD, MDW).


The same fee is applicable regardless of the number of days attending.


How does the registration process work?

There are three important steps in this process.

  1. General information- provide your personal details along with your email to set up your account. You can use this email to update your details at any time

  2. Travel information- you can now use your email to log into the system to provide us with your travel information. This helps us to coordinate pickup and drop off.

  3. Payment- Please consider making payments promptly. Your place at the festival is confirmed only after registration fees are received.


What are the payment options:

PayPal is the preferred payment option at this time. More payment options may be added soon.


Can I pay at the venue?

Unfortunately, on-site payments will not be accommodated due to camp requirements. Payment is required in advance to confirm registration.


When is the last day to register?

Registration is extended to Friday, July 19, 2019.


When is the last day for payment?

The last day to pay is Friday, July 19, 2019.


If I’m not able to attend the conference after registering, what is the refund policy?

A full refund will be given to those who let us know before Friday, July 19, 2019.

A partial refund may be given to those who cancel after Friday, July 19, 2019, but before Saturday, August 3, 2019.


I will be attending the conference with my family (sibling/spouse). Can we register together?

Each delegate has to register separately for the conference and please mention your spouse (if applicable) in the registration form. As for children, we request that one of the parents include them in their registration. This is to avoid making a double payment.





How will Young Adults be accommodated?

The campsite accommodation will be strictly separated by gender. Note that spaces are limited so please confirm your registration early.


Do you have family accommodation?

Please note that campsite accommodation will be strictly separated by gender. If a minor is accompanying, they will stay with one of the parents.


What should I bring?

Bedding: Bed sheets, sleeping bags or blankets, pillows cases

Toiletries: Bath towel and personal toiletries

Other: Water bottle, flashlight, sunscreen, umbrella, prescription medicine, insect repellent, jackets, sweater, hat, and comfortable shoes.


What if I prefer to stay outside the campsite?

Hotels/Motels are available nearby, a list of hotels will be updated here. Please note that you will have to arrange for local transportation to and from the campsite, hotels will not be providing any local transportation.

Approximate range of rates: $80 to $170 per night.

Here are the hotel recommendations sorted by the best choice to stay:

1415 West Dundee Road Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Benefits: 25 mins drive to Campsite but prepay/advance reservation rate ranges from 69-72$. 

2. COMFORT INN GURNEE - MALL AREA (second choice)
6080 Gurnee Mills Circle E., Gurnee, IL, 60031-4524, US
Benefits: 20 mins drive to Campsite but prepay/advance reservation rate ranges from 75-80$. 

3. FIVE POINTS BY SHERATON (third choice)
900 W Lake Cook Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Benefits: 25 mins drive to Campsite but prepay/advance reservation rate ranges from 108-110$. 
1775 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL, 60030, US
Benefits: Closest hotel to Campsite (15 mins drive) but nightly rate ranges from 115-125$. 

Motels close to the Campsite (less than 7 miles)

  • Super8 McHenry: 110 S Il Route 31 Mchenry, IL 60050-0504  (815) 344-9200 (6.5 miles West of Camp)

  • Comfort Suites Grayslake: 1775 East Belvidere Road Grayslake, IL 60030 (847) 223-5050 (6.6m East)

  • Candlewood Suites Libertyville: 1100 N US Highway 4, 5 Libertyville, IL 60048 (847) 247-9900 (8 Miles East)

Motels in Gurnee (approx 10 miles from the campsite)

  • Comfort Inn: 800 438-1578 / 847-855-8866                             

  • La Quinta: 800 531-5900/ 847-662-7600

  • Country Inn Suites: 888-201-1746 / 847 625-9700  

  • Courtyard Marriott: 888-236-2427 /847-689-8000





Recommended Airports and Arrival/Departure time


  • ORD (Chicago O'Hare International Airport)

  • MDW (Chicago Midway International Airport)


  • As we have a packed program schedule, we recommend your arrival by 1:00pm on August 9, 2019 and departure anytime after 5:00pm on August 11, 2019.


Coach buses will be arranged for transportation for these airports. Encourage and highly recommend young adults to travel in groups. This will greatly assist with transportation coordination.

Here are the times when pickup and dropoff is provided:

Pickup: Thursday 5pm-11pm, Friday 6am-midnight.  

Dropoff: Sunday 9am-10pm

For all transportation-related questions, please email:

What time can we arrive at the campsite?

The campsite will be open for registration from 12:30pm on August 9, 2019. Accommodation will be available only after 3:00pm.





Do I need a visitor visa to enter the USA?

A visa may be required to enter the USA if you have a non-USA passport. It is recommended that you check with the local US Embassy, Travel Agency or airline you are traveling with. Here is a tentative list of countries of citizenship who require a visa to enter the US: Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago.

An invitation letter for visa purposes (template here: will be provided on request. Please confirm your visa information by July 05, 2019.  Contact your National Youth Coordinators for additional information.




What is the expected dress code?

Modest and comfortable. For the main programs, we recommend you wear modest attire reflecting the local culture of the nations in our zone (e.g. business casual or smart casual for both genders) rather than traditional South Asian attire. If you will be taking part in the outdoor activity component, athletic attire is recommended for that portion. Clothing that covers the shoulders and knees must be worn at all times. No shorts or sleeveless tops.





Will Childcare be provided during the festival?

Yes, childcare will be provided for children age 3 and above (more details to follow)





I want to attend but not able to pay the registration fees. Are there any scholarships available?

A limited number of scholarships may be available, this is dependant on donations and special circumstances. Please mention this request in the registration form or email for more information.





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