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BBYO's 99th International Convention (IC) will be held in Dallas, Texas, from Thursday, February 16 through Monday, February 20, 2023. IC February Executives and the Global Leadership Forum will begin a day earlier on Wednesday, February 15.

IC's Global Ambassadors Week will take place approximately between Thursday, February 9, 2023 to Wednesday, February 15, 2023 (dates subjective to each community). All information about COVID-19 protocols can be found on our Health and Safety page.

Attending International Convention

Who Is Invited to Attend IC?

Teen Participation at IC

IC is for every Jewish teen around the world—members of all ages, elected leaders, BBYO Summer Experiences alumni, BBYO Passport alumni, and any teen interested in joining BBYO. There is no prerequisite experience or level of involvement needed to have the time of your life at IC. (Note: while eighth graders are not eligible to attend IC, freshmen are enthusiastically welcome to attend. At IC 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland, we hosted more than 200 freshmen!)

Teens based in the United States and Canada must be registered BBYO members before signing up for IC. Perspective members in the U.S. can sign up here and prospective members in Canada should reach out to their regional offices or contact us to sign up.

We’re expecting a record number of Alephs and BBGs in Dallas. IC 2022 hosted 2,500 members of AZA and BBG representing over 50 countries. We anticipate IC 2023 will set new records in attendance, so be prepared to register on launch night: Thursday, September 22

Adult Participation at IC

There are many opportunities for supporters, stakeholders, alumni, parents, partners, and friends to experience the magic of IC. These include an annual gathering of communal leaders enthusiastic about Jewish teen life, an immersive experience for BBYO's stakeholders and supporters, volunteer, and partnership opportunities, and a series of alumni events throughout the weekend. Many partner agencies also hold events for teens and stakeholders throughout the weekend.

If you are a local community advocate for BBYO, a BBYO FAN Leader, a parent, and/or alumni that would like to attend or staff IC, please check out various opportunities through our Host Region and Adult Participation portals or email the IC Leadership Team.

Interested in partnering with us for IC 2023? Please email BBYO’s Partnership Outreach Director, Ariel Rosen

How Can I Stay Updated on IC News?

This website will be updated regularly with information about registration, scholarship, travel, program announcements, and all the details you will need to know.

You can also follow IC updates on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram with the hashtag #AZABBGIC2023.

For the BBYO family across the North Texas Oklahoma (NTO) Region, including parents, alumni, and community members, you can explore opportunities to host, volunteer, partner, and more on the IC Host Region page.

If you have additional questions, please email the IC Leadership Team at any time.

How Much Does IC Cost? Are Scholarships Available?

IC 2023 Standard Package (Thursday - Monday): $1,199 USD
IC 2023 Standard Package + February Executives Conference (Wednesday–Monday): $1,419 USD
IC 2023 Standard Package + Global Leadership Forum (Wednesday–Monday): $1,419 USD
IC 2022 Standard Package + IC Advance: Steering Admin & Captains ONLY (Wednesday–Monday): $1,419 USD

We are so grateful to BBYO's generous supporters who have made it possible to keep our rates close to those of IC 2022 while increasing scholarship opportunities for all delegates. Pricing is inclusive of the full IC experience (hotel, meals, giveaways, access to all events, concert tickets, program transportation, and more), except for transportation to/from Dallas. 

Scholarship is available to all delegates and interested families should apply after their initial deposit.

How Do Delegates Apply for IC Scholarship?

Information about IC Scholarship can be found here. Teens are encouraged to register early as we anticipate IC will sell out quickly! Teens can begin to apply for scholarships as soon as they register. Scholarship is based on financial need. The first round of applications are due by Thursday, October 13, 2022, and we will notify all families of their award no later than Thursday, October 27, 2022. After first round applications have been submitted, IC scholarship is based on rolling submission and availability of funds.

Many communities, chapters, councils, and regions also have local funds available to support interested attendees. Please be in touch with your local community for additional information. Additional scholarship opportunities may be available for Canadian delegates. Please connect with your Canadian regional office for more information. Delegates from beyond North America should be in touch with local BBYO staff or partner agency professionals for scholarship information. Our goal is to ensure that every member of AZA or BBG who wants to attend IC is able to join us.

What is the IC Registration Date, Payment Deadlines, and Cancellation Policy?

Thursday, September 22, 2022 | IC registration night ($250 minimum deposit due at registration)
Thursday, October 13, 2022 |
IC scholarship application due
Thursday, October, 27, 2022 |
IC scholarship announced
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 |
$350 payment due (total of $600 on file)
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 |
Last day to cancel from IC with a full refund. Payments are non-transferable.
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 |
Payment due in full, medical forms due, travel form due
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 |
Last day to cancel from IC with a $250 cancellation fee
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 |
All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable
Monday, January 23, 2023 |
Last day to register for IC 2023

To cancel your registration, email azabbgic@bbyo.org.

How Do I Register for IC?

On Thursday, September 22, 2022, worldwide registration will open for BBYO International Convention 2023.

  • For Europe, Africa, and Asia, registration will open at 8:00 PM CET

  • For North America, Latin America, and Australia, registration will open at 8:00 PM EST

Please Note: IC registration is not through myBBYO. You can register for IC on this site. The link will go live at exactly 8:00 PM in the time zones listed above.

How Will Registration Work?

Registration will go live on Thursday, September 22, 2022 (and will remain open until January 23 or until we are sold out). Spots are available to all BBYO members (9th–12th grade) in good standing.

Delegates who register for IC are required to pay a minimum $250 deposit (although they may pay more when they register), which is fully refundable through Tuesday, November 15, 2022. Here are options for registration:

  • You Can Register Online: If you have an issue registering online, you can submit a request for help by emailing the IC Customer Service Team.

  • You Can Register in Person: If your community is hosting an IC registration party, join in the fun! Most locations will have on-site registration available.

  • You Can Register (and Get Help) by Phone: Call centers are set up across North America to help with any registration challenges. The IC hotline for assistance is 1-800-421-9843. There may be a waiting period, but BBYO professionals and volunteers will be standing by to help as quickly as possible.

Please Note: IC registration is not through myBBYO. You can register for IC here.

Please email the IC Customer Service Team or call us at 1-800-421-9843 with any questions you have about registration.

How Do I Modify Registration or Submit Payment/Travel Information?

You can modify your registration and submit additional payment and travel information in the IC Registration System once you have registered. Please keep your registration confirmation email as it includes your IC Confirmation Number. Balance payments can be made via credit card or echeck. All credit card charges will incur a 3% processing fee. This fee is non-refundable, no matter when a participant cancels.

After a participant makes their initial $250 deposit, they will have the option to pay the outstanding funds by credit card or echeck. All credit card charges will incur a 3% processing fee. This fee is non-refundable, no matter when a participant cancels.

To cancel your registration, email azabbgic@bbyo.org.

How Will BBYO Celebrate Pluralism at IC?

BBYO strives to create an environment where all Jewish teens can explore and cultivate their Jewish identity. One of the ways we promote this growth is through encountering new traditions, beliefs, and practices, and interacting with others from different backgrounds and perspectives. We will have Shomer Shabbat spaces and programs from sundown on Friday through Havdalah on Saturday.

Travel and Transportation

How Does Airport Arrival Work?

When I arrive at the airport, where do I go?
Starting at 9:00 AM CST on both arrival days, BBYO staff and IC volunteers will be stationed throughout Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL) baggage claim wearing colorful BBYO vests and holding BBYO signs. Specific information about what delegates should do upon their arrival at the airport will be provided directly to all registered delegates and their families via email a few days ahead of IC. BBYO Staff will be available in the airport until 7:00 PM CST.

What happens if my flight is delayed?
BBYO staff will be monitoring flights to stay up to date on any delays or cancellations and to ensure all delegates arrive at the hotel safely. Specific information on who to contact about flight changes and delays will be provided directly to all registered delegates and their families via email a few days ahead of IC.

What do I do if I get to the airport and can’t find staff?
BBYO staff and IC volunteers will be stationed throughout Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL) baggage claim wearing colorful BBYO vests and holding BBYO signs. If you are having trouble locating a member of our team you can reach out to our direct hotline. The hotline number will be provided in an email to all registered delegates and their families a few days ahead of IC.

How long until I leave the airport for the hotel?
Shuttles will begin to head to the IC hotel between after 10:30 AM CST on all arrival days. Upon arrival at the hotel, teens will go through the IC check in process. Hotel rooms may not be ready at the time of a teen's arrival, but luggage will be safely stored and there will be programming, restaurants, and cafes available for delegates to enjoy until their room is ready. Shuttles will be on a loop throughout the day and delegates may need to wait in the airport until the shuttle returns. We encourage all delegates to bring a little extra spending money for airport snacks/meals. Please note that dinner will be the first meal provided.

Where Do Delegates Stay? Do They Leave the Hotel?

Delegates will be staying at a hotel in Dallas. For security purposes, the name of the hotel will not be released until a few days before IC. 

Delegates will have the opportunity to go off site for specific Friday programming and/or Sunday sightseeing in Dallas. All off-site activities will be supervised by IC staff. Delegates are not permitted to leave the hotel under any circumstances without supervision.

Health and Wellness

Do Delegates Complete an IC Medical Form?

BBYO has partnered with CampDoc for our families to easily upload health records, insurance, immunizations, and medications/allergies for all BBYO programs. Upon registration for IC you will receive an email from CampDoc with access information to your profile. A delegate’s account must be 100% completed in order to attend IC. 

Please note, every delegate is required to provide a copy of a physical received within one year of our program start date (February 2022–February 2023). The BBYO medical form can be found through a teen’s CampDoc profile. BBYO requires this form to be completed and will not accept any camp, sports team, or school forms. 

For questions about Campdocs please contact our IC Customer Service Team.

How Is Medicine Distributed at IC?

Teens are responsible for their own medication at IC. Some over-the-counter medications will be available in the Medical Center, but teens should bring and hold on to any medication they anticipate needing throughout the convention. This policy is specific to IC, and does not necessarily reflect other overnight events.

What Happens If a Delegate Gets Sick at IC?

IC hosts a full medical team of professional nurses, mental health professionals, and doctors onsite. If a delegate requires medical attention, an IC staff member can assist them in contacting a member of the Medical Team. 

In case of an emergency, BBYO will utilize the nearest hospital. If additional information or out-of-hotel medical services are needed, a member of the IC Leadership Team will contact the delegate's parent or guardian. BBYO recommends that all delegates bring a copy of their health insurance information to carry with them during offsite programming.

Our talented Mental Health Team is available for support throughout the convention.

What are BBYO’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols?

Please click here to see our current COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

What is BBYO’s IC Vaccination Policy?

Participants in BBYO overnight experiences (both teens and adults), are required to have the age-appropriate vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Complete details can be found in our vaccination policy here.

As of August 2021, BBYO now also requires all participants (teens and adults) attending overnight programs based in the United States to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (vaccination date plus two weeks). Fully vaccinated includes one booster. Currently, Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Novovax, or Johnson & Johnson are the accepted vaccines.

As part of the registration process for any overnight program, including IC, families will be asked to confirm that their teens have been vaccinated for both COVID-19 and childhood vaccines. For IC 2023, parents will also need to present proof of their teen’s COVID-19 vaccination in order for them to attend the convention.

Packing and Dress Code

Is There a Dress Code for IC?

Delegates will be mostly indoors, however, during free time and specific off-site programs, there is an opportunity for delegates to be outdoors. Casual clothing like jeans and t-shirts are appropriate for most of IC. Delegations will often dress in themed attire as they compete for the coveted Max F. Baer Spirit Gavel and the Anita M. Perlman Spirit Cup. Delegations will provide information if there is anything special a delegate should bring with them to IC.

General Guidelines for All Apparel

  • No item of clothing may bear a logo or message that is antithetical to BBYO values, have any profane messages, or references to drugs or alcohol through words, pictures, or symbols.

Shorts/Skirts/Pants

  • Shorts must have at least a three-inch inseam and must cover two inches below the rear end.

  • Skirts and dresses must reach the tips of the fingers and must not expose any undergarments.

  • Pants must fit properly and not expose any undergarments.

Shorts/Skirts/Pants

  • Clothing must cover the midriff, torso, back, and chest. Necklines of all clothing must appropriately cover cleavage.

  • Clothing may not reveal undergarments in any way (either because the clothing is sheer or because it does not meet the requirements noted above).

What Is the Dress for Shabbat and State of the Order?

Friday evening Shabbat and Saturday night State of the Order attire should be nicer than typical casual clothes. Slacks and khakis, polo shirts, a button-down shirt, skirts, blouses, or dresses are appropriate for all delegates. Revealing short skirts or low-cut tops are not permitted, and torn or ripped clothing is not allowed. The dress for Saturday during the day is casual.

What Should I Pack?

The recommended packing list includes:

  • Toiletries

  • Jeans/slacks

  • Casual shirts/blouses

  • T-shirts

  • Shabbat appropriate attire

  • Sweatshirts/sweaters

  • BBYO regional/council spirit clothing

  • Sneakers/casual shoes/dress shoes

  • Pajamas

  • Workout/sports clothing (if participating in AZAA/BBGG Sports and Wellness Day or for free time)

  • Cleats, shin guards, sneakers, and warm outerwear (if participating in sports or AZAA/BBGG Sports and Wellness Day)

  • Bathing Suit (if participating in the waterpark activities during Sightseeing on Sunday)

  • Kippah, Tallit and Tefillin (if desired)

  • AZA and BBG pins

  • Chargers for your electronics

  • A camera

  • Jacket and winter clothing (check the weather when you’re packing!)

  • Money for cash concessions sold throughout convention 

  • You may bring food. Homemade baked goods are prohibited. Bags will be checked upon arrival. Please do not bring any food products containing nuts, meat, or shellfish.

Note that drones and hoverboards are strictly prohibited from all BBYO programs.

Rooming

How Does Rooming Work at IC?

Delegates will be able to submit one roommate request via their IC registration profile when the roommate request survey becomes available in December. IC Roommates must be arriving on the same day and must request each other, or all delegates will be assigned roommates randomly. Delegates may not request more than one roommate. There is no guarantee delegates will be matched with their request, but BBYO will try to fulfill all requests. Otherwise, delegates are roomed randomly at IC in double, triple, and quad arrangements. Every effort is made to ensure that delegates are comfortable in their rooms and most delegates are paired with someone from their home community and/or a delegate who is in the same grade. While BBYO does not allow for room changes, any serious rooming issues should be brought to the IC staff’s attention right away.

During registration, delegates can pay for an upgrade to a two-person (double) hotel room, instead of the standard three-person (triple) or four-person (quad) room. Double rooms are based on availability. If requesting a roommate, both delegates must be signed up for a double room to be assigned as roommates together. The additional cost will be $233 for IC only and $292 for IC + February Executives or IC + Global Leadership Forum.

Food and Spending Money

What Are Meals Like? What If a Delegate Has Dietary Restrictions?

All meals provided at IC are either vegetarian (contains dairy), or will include kosher meat. All meat served at IC is kosher, and we don't mix milk and meat, however, the kitchen is not supervised. All meals are nut-free. The following meals will be available in the dining room for any delegate that notes a dietary restriction in their IC Registration: 

  • Dairy-free

  • Gluten-free

  • Vegetarian

  • Vegan

  • Glatt Kosher

All meals must be picked up at a specific meal station in the dining room at the beginning of meals. If you have food concerns, please see a member of the special meals team at IC. 

If you have questions in advance of IC, please email IC Customer Service Team

Are There Any Other Dining Options?

For those who would like additional food, BBYO will host vendors (Kosher options available) to provide pizza, sandwiches, salads, and other snacks throughout the day and each evening. This service will be prepaid, credit card-only and the arrangements are explicitly between the teen customer and the company. Orders for late night food will be placed through the IC App and have to be placed by a certain time each day. Orders placed after the deadline will not be honored. Delegates will also have access to hotel cafes and restaurants during designated times and can order what they like per their individual needs. All arrangements are explicitly between the customer and the hotel venue they are ordering food from.

Will Delegates Need Any Spending Money at IC?

Delegates are advised to bring a small amount of spending money to IC. During free time, delegates may be given the option to purchase snacks with cash in addition to the snacks provided to them by BBYO. Also, delegates may choose to purchase items at the IC Shuk (marketplace) showcasing BBYO “swag” and apparel from chapters, councils, regions, and countries across the International Order. Items at the IC Shuk typically cost between $10 and $45. Delegates can bring cash, debit or credit cards, or ApplePay. 

Supervision and Code of Conduct

What Is BBYO's Supervision and Discipline Policy?

BBYO has a minimum supervision ratio of 15 delegates to every adult. All of BBYO’s professional IC staff have had background checks and are trained to work with delegates and keep them safe. As a reminder, delegates have signed a Code of Conduct agreement upon registering for BBYO membership. This indicates their full understanding of BBYO’s behavioral expectations. Should a delegate choose to act outside of BBYO’s Code of Conduct, the incident will be addressed by the appropriate staff members.

BBYO believes in a culture of respect. When it comes to relationships between participants we require that all participants conduct themselves in a respectful manner and affirmative consent is required. For more on BBYO's policy on healthy relationships and what will happen in the event of an allegation of non-consensual touching or harassment see here.

BBYO has a zero-tolerance approach to any violation of the
Code of Conduct and any disciplinary matter that comes to the attention of IC staff. If a delegate is dismissed from IC for disciplinary reasons or Code of Conduct violations, BBYO will arrange for travel home immediately, at the delegate’s expense and without a refund.

  1. Delegates may not leave the program from the time of arrival until the time that IC concludes. All participants are strictly prohibited from leaving the hotel grounds.

  2. Delegates must attend and be on time to all programs and scheduled sessions, including meals.

  3. Delegates must act respectfully toward fellow delegates, guests, and staff. Vulgar language and inappropriate gestures—even jokingly—will not be tolerated. This applies to the use of social media. BBYO will be joined by many guests representing a plurality of opinions and associations. While they are in our "home," we will be good hosts and show respect at all times.

  4. Conduct that endangers the safety, morals, health, or welfare of others will not be tolerated.

  5. Under no circumstances shall a teen share, sell, or trade medication of any type—over-the-counter or prescription.

  6. Behaviors that will result in immediate dismissal include: 

  7. Causing injury to another teen, staff member, or guest

  8. Theft or causing damage to hotel or other’s property

  9. Violating curfew (leaving one’s assigned sleeping room after “lights out”)

  10. Possession of fireworks or firearms

  11. Smoking

  12. Consumption/possession of drugs/alcohol or any substance used to create an unnatural high

  13. Causing injury to oneself

  14. Tattooing or piercing

  15. Entering a sleeping room you are not assigned to at any time

  16. Gambling

  17. Sexual harassment

  18. Sexual activity/intimate contact in any sleeping area, or any public or private area

  19. Hazing or demonstrating violent behavior

  20. The most common Code of Conduct violations and consequences can be found here.

Safety and Security

What Are the Security Arrangements for IC?

BBYO takes every precaution with regard to security for International Convention; it is our top priority. All policies, procedures, and protective measures are implemented in full collaboration with renowned security services that keep some of the American government's highest profile events safe as well as with all local, state, and national police and intelligence departments. More information is available upon request by delegates or delegate families of registered teens. Please send any questions to the IC Customer Service Team.

Please note: for security purposes, the name of the hotel will not be released until a few days before IC. 

What If My Friend/Family in Dallas Wants to Visit Me at IC?

All attendees and guests must be registered for IC; outside visitors are not allowed at IC at any time. 

How Do I Get In Touch with Someone at IC?

If there is an emergency during IC, parents are encouraged to call the IC Hotline at 1-800-421-9843.

The IC office will be fully staffed from 8:00 AM through 10:00 PM CT everyday. While our office team will be working until very late at night, should you get our voicemail in the evening, please leave a message. We’ll be checking messages frequently and will get back to you as soon as possible.

Have Other Questions?

Contact the IC Customer Service Team for more information. 

Please note that during high volume times, responses from the IC Customer Service Team may take up to 24–72 business hours.