Princeton Weekend

November 20-22, 2020

For students from the following areas: Boston, New England Boarding Schools, Fairfield/Westchester Counties, New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.

(Students from GWA may only attend Charlottesville Weekend. GWA students who have attended Internship may choose either program.)

Meet with old friends and make new ones! Students in grades 9 - 12 from the Boston, New England Boarding School, Fairfield/Westchester counties, New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore areas are all invited to come enjoy an autumnal weekend with FOCUS at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. The weekend will be a mixture of fun games, thoughtful talks, great music, and down-time spent on the historic campus of Princeton University and in the town of Princeton itself.  

Program Fee

The program fee of $135 covers all program activities, the Saturday night concert, as well as most meals and snacks Friday through Sunday. Saturday's lunch in the town of Princeton will be covered by the students individually.

Please contact your local area staff if you would like to apply for a scholarship.


Your FOCUS area director may organize group transportation to and from Princeton Weeekend. Please contact him or her for details.  The home office can also help you with travel plans. There is a train stop that comes directly into Princeton University, and we can provide driving and parking directions for those who arrive by car. 

Suggested Packing List

Students will be sleeping on a gymnasium floor, females in one gymnasium and males in a separate gymnasium. You will need to pack all linens (we suggest a sleeping bag and pillow), a sleeping mat (we suggest that all students bring a sleeping mat as they will not be provided), a towel, and toiletries. We also suggest you bring comfortable shoes and comfortable clothes for indoors and outdoors. Please feel free to bring any musical instrument, a notebook, camera, or sports equipment.

Please DO NOT Bring the following items:

  • All FOCUS rental facilities are alcohol, tobacco, and drug free campuses. To that end, we ask that you do not bring alcohol, tobacco products, marijuana, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia (including electronic smoking devices, vaporizers, e-cigarettes, Juuls, etc.).
  • Speakers, computers, iPads, tablets, or other devices that stream videos.

If anyone is found with such items, they will either be confiscated for the remainder of the program, or (in the case of alcohol, tobacco products, marijuana, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia) may result in the student being sent home early.

FOCUS is not responsible for any lost or stolen items during the program.

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