Policies at a Glance

This document (download) includes the policies that have changed in the recent past. While it is a helpful summary of some important policies, all registrants are required to have knowledge of and agree to abide by all of policies included in the Registration Packet.

  1. Background Checks

All adults and chaperones (registrants age 21+) registered to attend a Higher Things Conference must pass a national criminal and sexual predator background check by May 1 of the Conference calendar year.  For more information, please see page seven (7) of the Registration Packet.

  1. Registration Fee Schedule

Registration rates are determined by the date a group’s Registration fees are paid in full. Checks mailed to Higher Things will be processed according to the postmark date. Online credit card payments must be completed by midnight, Central Time, of any given deadline. For more information, please see pages eight (8) and fourteen (14)  of the Registration Packet.

November 1 Registration opens at early bird registration rate ($355/person)

February 1 Registration rate increases to regular registration rate ($385/person)

April 30 Final balances due (including day before/after and private rooms). All cancellations must be made by this date or groups will be responsible for the full  registration fee.

May 1 Registrations made or paid on or after this date are considered LATE and will be charged an additional late fee ($410/person total). All substitutions made on or after this date will incur a change fee. No refunds will be made on or after this date (except in the case of a Waiting List). Background Checks for adult registrants must be completed

June 1 Waiting List procedure changes (if applicable)

  1. Chaperones and Group Leaders

Higher Things does not provide chaperones for the youth attending Conferences. All groups must provide adequate adult supervision of their own youth. To assure adequate supervision, each group must have at least one (1) male chaperone for up to every seven (7) male YOUTH, and at least one (1) female chaperone for up to every seven (7) female YOUTH. For more information, please see the Registration Packet.

If a group needs assistance in finding chaperones for the number of youth they’re bringing, Higher Things can provide a list of Group Leaders from their area who may be contacted to ask if they would be willing to help out. Please contact the Conference Registrar (registrar@higherthings.org) for this assistance. For more information, please see page six (6) of the Registration Packet.

  1. Age Definitions

CHILD: Any youth ages 0-11.

  1. All CHILDREN attending a Higher Things Conference must be registered, including infants and toddlers.
  2. When registering a CHILD(ren), ages 0-11, please notify the Registrar (registrar@higherthings.org) of this fact so the registration fee(s) may be manually adjusted.
  3. A parent must accompany and room with a child up to the age of 11 and must be the same sex as the child if the child is 5 or older. Neither Higher Things nor a Conference site are responsible for providing any additional bedding, pillows, mattresses, cribs, etc.
  4. Registration fees are as follows:

Ages 0-1: Cost of Registration is $35.00 per night (cost of a private room) and the child MUST room with a parent, not necessarily same sex).

Ages 2-4: Cost of Registration is 50% of current registration rate (MUST room with a parent, not necessarily same sex).

Ages 5 -11: Cost of Registration is full price (MUST room with parent of same gender).

Ages 12 and older: Full Registration.

YOUTH: Minors ages 12-17. One full Registration fee must be paid for every youth age 12 and over at the time of the Conference. 

YOUNG ADULT: Young adults age 18-20 at the time of the Conference.

CHAPERONE/ADULT: Adults 21+ years old at the time of the Conference, and approved by the group’s pastor to serve in that role.