Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington
55 Joy Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403     802-658-6110

NCYC – What, When, & Where

What is NCYC?

The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is an exciting, biannual four-day experience of prayer, community, and faith for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. The schedule includes general and concurrent sessions addressing a wide variety of topics including forgiveness, Catholic spirituality and prayer, global issues, moral issues, and leadership. There are also opportunities for liturgy and special activities such as concerts, exhibits, and a thematic activity village. The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) sponsors NCYC.

When and where will NCYC be held?

The 2017 NCYC will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indianapolis Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana on November 16-19, 2017. Participants will leave our diocese from Burlington International Airport on Thursday, November 16th and return the afternoon of Sunday, November 19th.

We will meet at Burlington International Airport by 10 a.m. Thursday morning, November 16th

Our estimated return is 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, the 19th

It is VERY important to have a real identification card for travel.

What is the theme for NCYC?

The theme for the 2017 NCYC is “Called”.


What’s the schedule for NCYC?

For a detailed schedule of NCYC activities, visit


How big is NCYC?

NCYC is America’s largest regular gathering of Catholic teens. NCYC 2017 is expecting 25,000 Catholic youth and chaperones.  This will be the first time the Diocese of Burlington will have sent a contingent in almost 10 years.  We are excited to begin sending teens again!  Delegations from around the country will stay at various hotels around the Convention Center.  We will be participating with Region 1, the New England Region. 


NCYC – Who and Why?


Who can attend?
NCYC requires that youth participants must be in high school at the time of NCYC (November 2017). They are often leaders in their local parishes and/or schools, though many are just beginning to connect with their faith.


Why would our youth want to attend NCYC?

Youth and adult participants (chaperones) attend NCYC because they want to:

  • Gather together with other Catholic youth on a national level
  • Learn more about themselves and their relationship to the Catholic Church
  • Celebrate their Catholic Christian faith
  • Meet thousands of other Catholic youth
  • Share beliefs and experiences
  • Recognize their role in the larger Catholic Church


Will participants miss any school?

NCYC high school participants will miss two days of school – Thursday, Nov. 16 and Friday, Nov. 17. Past experience has clearly demonstrated the NCYC is worth of these absences. We understand that this may be a burden, but feel that NCYC is a unique opportunity. Some schools may give excused absences.  We are working on obtaining a letter from the NFCYM to help in this regard. 


What meals are included?
Some meals will be provided as part of our package, but most will be the responsibility of each participant.  Participants will need to bring spending money for meals and snacks not included in registration.


Where will we be staying?
The Diocese of Burlington will be staying at rooms within the NFCYM room block. This hotel will be within walking distance of the Convention Center.  More information will be forthcoming.


How many kids or adults to a room?
We will have either 4 youth or 2 adults to a hotel room. Youth will each have his/her own bed or bedroll.  The Diocese of Burlington mandates that youth may not share beds. 


How will we get from our hotel to the conference? 
Our hotel will be in walking distance from the conference facility. It will be the responsibility of the Adult Leaders to accompany their group from the hotel to the conference and back. In the case of bad weather, there are internal walkways from almost every downtown hotel to the conference center.


What are the steps to follow to register?


  1. The first step is to share all of this information with your pastor, parish leadership, and your key youth ministry leaders. The more the parish knows about NCYC, the more likely they are to support your efforts. This support may be financial, organizational, and/or spiritual.  We are hoping for 2 participants per parish (hopefully more).


  1. What fundraising strategies will you employ?  If you need help in this regard, please contact the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.


  1. Decide how you can promote NCYC in your parish. Some parishes hold an informational meeting. Some promote it at their youth gatherings or send promo flyers to each eligible youth. Be sure to view the promotional video available online. We have also sent out a power point for your use. 


  1. Start recruiting adult chaperones. The ratio is at least one chaperone for every six youth. 


  1. Collect from each youth and chaperone the registration forms and $225 non-refundable deposit per person due by September 30. We strongly believe that the $225 deposit should come from the participant’s family directly and not be covered by fundraising efforts. This ensures the participant is “in the game” and will be an active participant in your fundraising efforts.


  1. Final payment of $675 per registrant is due to the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry by October 15th.  Since flight reservations are required for this trip, we need to have final payments in by this date.  Registrations will be considered after this date, but the cost may increase due to airfare.  We are looking into a further subsidy from the Diocese and will inform you if these monies become available. 


Questions?  Call the Youth Office at 802-658-6110 ext. 1240 or 1130 


We hope YOU will be able to join us!  J 

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