Q: What should I do if I do not receive a confirmation packet?
A: You should contact Tomorrow’s America Foundation at [email protected] or 803.628.0000 to confirm your registration and arrange for a packet to be emailed to you. Everyone MUST have the confirmation packet in order to attend their chosen conference; there are several documents that must be completed and signed before students are able to complete on-site registration. Make certain that you have your required confirmation packet at least two weeks prior to the start date for the conference for which you have applied.
Q: What is your refund policy?
A: If you cancel up to 15 days prior to the conference start date, you will receive a full refund, less an application fee.
If you cancel after that point, there is no refund since a space has already been reserved and paid for at the host campus as well as curriculum and supplies ordered. Out of courtesy, we ask that you notify us immediately if you are unable to attend.
Q: Our family does not have insurance. Is it still possible to attend the conference?
A: Yes. You will need to complete the Insurance Release Form you receive in your confirmation packet with all signatures, addresses, and phone numbers. In the space for insurance information, please provide a valid credit card number with the card holder’s name as it appears on the card, correct billing address, and security code from the back of the card. This information will be used only if your child needs immediate medical attention. The form is returned to the Tomorrow’s America Foundation office at the conclusion of the conference and destroyed. (Or bring a credit card)
Q: What is the lost key fee?
A: You will be billed for the replacement costs of a lost dorm room key and/or dorm building swipe card. You will be billed only what the college charges us. This information will be included in your confirmation packet
Q: If a school/organization pays a student’s registration fee, and the student is unable to attend, will we receive a refund?
A If the student cancels up to 15 days prior to the event, the school will receive a full refund less the specified application fee. If the student cancels after that, no refund is available. However, you may substitute another student in their place; for conferences that are almost to capacity, it may be necessary to substitute a student of the same gender. Please contact the Tomorrow’s America Foundation office at [email protected] or 803.628.0000 for more information.
Q: How do I make plans to room with a friend?
A: We do not honor roommate requests since roommates are assigned by our computer program based on age and other factors. At BLC, you will make many new friends and have plenty of opportunities to hang out with old friends during meals, free time, and general assemblies.
Q: I have special dietary requirements. Will the cafeteria staff be able to meet my needs?
A: If you have a specific dietary requirement, we recommend that you contact our office so that we can put you in touch with the college Food Service Manager. Most meals will have gluten-free choices and vegetarian options.
Q: The confirmation packet said to bring props for a talent show. Is that mandatory?
A: The talent show is not mandatory; however, if you’d like to perform, come prepared with music (I tunes), instruments and/or costumes.
Q: What should I plan to wear on a daily basis at the conference?
A: The BLC atmosphere is very relaxed. You should plan to wear casual clothing that meets our dress code: shorts, t-shirts, flip flops, tennis shoes, etc.
On the last night there will be a semi-formal banquet. For girls, a nice dress or skirt and top is appropriate. Guys should wear dress slacks (khakis are fine), a nice buttoned shirt, tie, and a sport coat (do not purchase a sport coat if you don’t have one).
There will also be a team building activity where your clothes will get dirty and wet; bring old shorts and a t-shirt.
Q: What type of accommodations are provided?
A: The host college campus assigns dorm rooms to our conference attendees; we require separate housing for males and females. Typically, your student will have a roommate that is the same age (roommate requests are not accepted). The room has twin beds (that typically require XL – extra long twin sheets), a chest of drawers and a desk. Some dorm rooms are adjoining another room by a bathroom/shower; other dorm rooms will be on a hall with a common bathroom. (Note: Students must bring linens, pillow, towels, etc. – these are not provided.)
Q: Who is responsible for transporting students to the conference?
A: It is the student’s responsibility to arrange their own transportation. Often club leaders/sponsors will transport everyone in their group or parents will car pool to save money on gas. Tomorrow’s America Foundation is NOT responsible for transportation.
Q: If I fly in, how do I get to the conference?
A: It is the student’s responsibility to arrange their own transportation. We do not provide transportation to and from the conference and the airport.
Q: What kind of supervision will be provided at the conference?
A: All conferences are held at accredited universities with 24-hour campus security. ALL staff comply with annual background checks. We adhere to a ZERO tolerance policy for any type of bullying, abuse, or hazing.
As such, we assign each student to a staff-member led group that meets throughout the day and evening. Students are required to attend all sessions. Staff conducts room checks each night at curfew. Should student be unaccounted for at any point, Staff will alert the Director to begin process of locating student. This process includes staff physically searching for student, campus security notification, and contacting parents. Students who fail to comply with stated rules regarding attendance and curfew are subject to immediate dismissal from the conference.
We take your child’s safety and security seriously. Any student with irresponsible behaviors and authority issues should NOT attend the conference.