Standards

Standard for Dress, Appearance and Behavior

Standard for Dress, Appearance and Behaviour

Young Men Standards

Adherence to these standards will be enforced; participants will not be able to check in at the program if they are not appropriately dressed and groomed.

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Clean shaven - no facial hair of any kind; sideburns must not extend below the ear lobes or onto the cheek.

Conservative Hair Style - hair must be trimmed above the collar; ears and eyes must be visible; no ponytails, pigtails, braids, designs, carvings (including Mohawks) or completely shaved heads; no unnatural hair color. Tucking the hair behind the ears or hiding it under a hat does not meet these expectations.

Clothing - avoid being sloppy or inappropriately casual; no baggy/saggy pants; pants must be worn at the waist; no underwear should be visible. Unacceptable clothing includes shorts that do not extend to the knee, tight clothing, shirts without sleeves, or other revealing attire; words on clothing must not be offensive or suggestive; appropriate footwear should be worn at all times; footwear should be appropriate for the activity (i.e. Sunday attire should not appear as though we are on our way to the beach or an athletic activity). Faddish clothing (i.e. Gothic, Emo, etc.) is not appropriate. No piercings of any kind. Hats are not to be worn indoors.

Young Men Dress and Appearance: Good Examples

Casual Dress Clothing

The following items of clothing are considered appropriate for casual dress: Blues jeans, blue jean jackets, cargo-style trousers, tennis shoes, hiking or work boots, flip-flops, causal T-shirts, and brightly colored clothing. Denim and levi-style clothing (which is not frayed or worn out) is considered casual dress.

Adherence to these standards will be enforced; participants will not be able to check in at the program if they are not appropriately dressed and groomed.

Best Dress Clothing

A collared dress shirt (white or colored) that buttons down the front should be worn. Less formal ties are considered appropriate for the Friday night dance. Shirttails should always be tucked inside the pants. Young men should wear dress slacks or suit pants with dress shoes.

Sunday Dress Clothing

A white collared dress shirt that buttons down the front (shirttails should always be tucked in), a conservative tie, and suit pants or dress slacks with dress shoes should be worn.

Young Women Standards

Adherence to these standards will be enforced; participants will not be able to check in at the program if they are not appropriately dressed and groomed.

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Conservative Hair Styles - hairstyles should be clean and neat with no extreme styles or unnatural colors.

Clothing - skirts, dresses, or shorts must extend at least to the knee and shirts and tops must cover the stomach and back; clothing should cover the shoulders; clothing that is low-cut in the front or back, tight, or revealing in any other manner is unacceptable. "Leggings" are not considered appropriate for "Sunday or Best Dress" at FSY. Please also be aware that the wearing of "leggings" does not allow for any exceptions to the For the Strength of Youth Dress and Appearance policy. Footwear should be appropriate for the activity (i.e. Sunday attire should not appear as though we are on our way to the beach or an athletic activity). Faddish clothing (i.e. Gothic, Emo, etc.) is not appropriate. Only one pair of earrings in your ears; no other body piercing. Hats are not to be worn indoors.

Young Women Dress and Appearance: Good Examples

Casual Dress Clothing

The following items of clothing are considered appropriate for casual dress: Blues jeans, blue jean jackets, cargo-style trousers, tennis shoes, hiking or work boots, flip-flops, causal T-shirts, and brightly colored clothing. Denim and levi-style clothing (which is not frayed or worn out) is considered casual dress.

Adherence to these standards will be enforced; participants will not be able to check in at the program if they are not appropriately dressed and groomed.

Best Dress Clothing

Slacks, dresses, and skirts which are knee–length or longer are appropriate best–dress clothing. Slits in dresses and skirts must not extend above the knee.

Sunday Dress Clothing

Blouses must be modest in fit, extend below the waistline, and be long enough to cover the stomach and lower back, especially when bending over or raising hands or arms. If blouses do not meet the approved length, undershirts must be worn to assure modesty. Sleeves must cover the shoulders.

Dresses and skirts must be knee length or longer. Slits in dresses and skirts must not extend above the knee. Dresses with spaghetti straps are not permitted unless a shirt or blouse is worn underneath.

General Standards

For the Strength of Youth Program EXPECTATIONS

The following is the For the Strength of Youth Program's interpretation of dress and appearance standards as found in the For the Strength of Youth booklet and words of our prophets and apostles. Adherence to these standards will be enforced; participants will not be able to check in at the program if they are not appropriately dressed and groomed.

Adherence to these standards will be enforced; participants will not be able to check in at the program if they are not appropriately dressed and groomed.

Modesty Defined

"Modesty is an attitude of humility and decency in dress, grooming, language, and behavior. If you are modest, you do not draw undue attention to yourself. Instead, you seek to glorify God in your body, and in your spirit." (True to the Faith [2004], 106)

Dress and Appearance

"How truly beautiful is a well-groomed young woman who is clean in body and mind. She is a daughter of God in whom her Eternal Father can take pride. How handsome is a young man who is well groomed. He is a son of God worthy of holding the priesthood of God." (President Gordon B. Hinckley, A Prophet's Counsel and Prayer for Youth, Ensign, Jan 2001, 8)

More Than Just a Covering

"I do not hesitate to say that you can be attractive without being immodest. You can be refreshing and buoyant and beautiful in your dress and behavior. Your appeal to others will come of your personality, which is the sum of your individual characteristics." (President Gordon B. Hinckley, Stay on the High Road, Ensign, May 2004, 114)

"The way you dress is a reflection of what you are on the inside. Your dress and grooming send messages about you to others and influence the way you and others act." (For the Strength of Youth, 16). The way you dress and groom yourself will influence the way others react to you and treat you. The unspoken language of your appearance is often the first thing others hear about you and you only get one chance for a first impression.

"Your body is God's sacred creation. Respect it as a gift from God, and do not defile it in any way. Through your dress and appearance, you can show the Lord that you know how precious your body is. You can show that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ." (For the Strength of Youth, [2001], 14-16)

Standards of Conduct and Behaviour

The central purpose of FSY is to help all those attending to ‘come unto Christ’. To that end, we strive to create an environment which is safe, and invites revelation. The most important factor in establishing such a climate is YOU!

"Like your dress and grooming, your language and behaviour are expressions of your character. Your words and actions can have a profound influence on you and others." (True to the Faith, 108).

Your positive attitude and your efforts to live by gospel standards will lead to increased guidance and support from the Holy Ghost.

In dealing with this subject we feel somewhat like King Benjamin when he said to his people, "I cannot tell you all the things whereby ye may commit sin; for there are divers ways and means, even so many that I cannot number them." (Mosiah 4:29). Too many to number! Nevertheless, there are some fundamental things of which you should be aware. None of which, we feel sure, will surprise you.

Shortly after your arrival you will be required to sign the FSY Rules Checklist:

Your signature is a commitment to live by certain rules, observe certain standards, and keep basic commandments. Some of the items listed on this checklist are best explained at the time, but others deserve prior warning.

Do not leave FSY. This means what it says. Participants must remain on site throughout the week. To leave, will require a special reason, and special permission.

Respect and Classroom Etiquette. These are both examples of the "golden rule" in action (Matthew 7:12). Be respectful of those people who help maintain the site and its facilities, be courteous to your teachers, leaders and fellow youth. Use language that uplifts, encourages and compliments. Do not insult others or put them down, even in joking; do not do so in conversation or by text. Arrive to classes and activities on time, and ensure that you participate appropriately. Plan to join in everything – that is the expectation.

The Big Five. These items are given special prominence because involvement in any of them will result in your being sent home immediately.

  • The breaking of the Law of Chastity, including viewing pornography in any form.
  • Breaking the Word of Wisdom.
  • Theft or vandalism of any kind.
  • The possession of weapons of any kind.
  • Doing anything harmful to yourself or others, physically or spiritually.

Please understand, we don’t mention these things because we anticipate a challenge – violations of this kind are, thankfully, extremely rare – but because we have a duty to forewarn you, and because we want to reassure you that FSY is a safe place to be, a place where you will be comfortable and where the Spirit of the Lord can dwell.