Hello TEC Community!

Change is an inevitable part of growth, and as a community, it’s crucial for us to adapt to better meet the needs of our community. Recently, we’ve taken a close look at the age requirements for adult team members participating in our TEC retreats. We are pleased to share some revisions to these guidelines, demonstrating our dedication to nurturing the faith of young adults in our community, while also upholding the importance of adult leaders’ ability to provide guidance and support to the youth on the team.

Previously, the age requirement for adults on team was set at 23 years old. However, after careful consideration and discussions on TEC Council, we’ve decided to adjust this criteria to allow for more young adults to work future TECs. 

Effective immediately, we are updating the age requirement for adult volunteers participating on team. Since the TEC year follows the traditional high school calendar year, the October TEC is the first of each year. Using that as a guide, moving forward adult volunteers must be 22 years old by the start of the October TEC weekend in each calendar year. For most, this would mean 4 Falls will have passed since your high school graduation. If an adult volunteer applies for the January, April, or July TEC weekends, they must have turned 22 by the start of the previous year’s October TEC.

By embracing this updated age requirement, we aim to cultivate a larger group of adults that are active in the community, while also allowing for time to mature and be ready to work on team as an adult. 

We understand that change can sometimes be met with questions or concerns, and we want to assure you that this decision was made thoughtfully and with the best interests of our community in mind. We believe that by embracing this adjustment, we can continue to build a supportive community that enhances the quality of our weekend experiences for weekenders, youth on team, and adults on team.

We are excited to welcome people back to the community and hope to see more young adults having opportunities to come back and work on team in the near future. If you have any questions, or concerns, don’t be afraid to reach out to TEC Council members for clarifications. 

Sending hugs to all of the community, near and far!