Q: Who can attend a VN weekend?
A: Any one ages 15 – 20. The candidate must be at least 15 by the date of the weekend and cannot be older than 20 by the date of the weekend. Persons over 20 that are interested in attending a similar weekend should visit Central Georgia Tres Dias.
Q: Are children permitted to attend send-up or closing ceremonies?
A: No, children are not permitted due to the personal nature of these events. Only sponsors, parents and young people who have attended a VN weekend may attend.
Q: What is the rebate process for sponsoring a candidate?
A: This is no longer a policy as of April 2023. The Council deliberated for months on adjusting any fees, adding or removing extra costs, and discontinuing any rebates. The bottom line is the rebate was almost never used, difficult to keep track of and so the Council decided it was no longer a practice – at least for the time being.
Q: Is smoking allowed on a VN weekend?
A: No, smoking is prohibited at all times by both candidates and team members.
Q: As a parent, what are the do’s and don’t’s?
A: Parents that are sponsoring their child may attend Send Up. All parents are welcome to attend closing. Parents are not allowed to visit the campground at any other times during the weekend. Also please note that due to the personal nature of Send Up and Closing, it is not appropriate for children of any age to attend these events. Please make arrangements for your children to be cared for and do not bring them with you to the campground.
Q: What is the application process?
A: There is an embedded fillable form here – https://cgvn.org/forms-new/ . You can use this form to fill, sign and submit without leaving our website and it can be accomplished using a computer, tablet or even your phone.
Q: Do I need a medical release?
A: Yes, if you are a Team Member under 18 years of age – a medical release is required to serve a CGVN weekend. Just head on over to the Forms Page and download the Medical Release form and bring it with you. If you are a Sponsor/Candidate, there is a Medical Release Section already built into the Candidate/Sponsor application.
Q: What is the cost of a weekend?
A: As of April 2023, the cost of Sponsoring candidates is $80. There is no other fees associated with sponsoring candidates. There are no longer different prices based on age. It is a one cost for all and that cost is $80.00. It can be paid with cash, check (Vida Nueva of Central Georgia), or CashApp. Our CashApp cashtag is $centralgavn and there is a link in the CGVN CashApp “Links” portion of the website which is a single click solution.
Q: Is there a discount for paying Sponsor/Candidate fees early?
A: Not any longer, this is no longer a policy as of April 2023.
Q: What is the CGVN Council?
A: The Vida Nueva of Central Georgia Council (CGVN Council) are the men and women who fill the leadership roles, answer to Vida Nueva International, maintain the integrity of the program, secure the weekends and ensure resources are available to execute the weekends. To learn more about the CGVN Council and its members and how to contact them, visit the Council Directory.
Q: Where does VN stand doctrinally?
A: Statement of Faith for Vida Nueva
Q: Where can I learn more about VN and its history?
A: Vida Nueva International web site
Q: How often are VN weekends held?
A: Weekends are typically held twice a year. Separate weekends for young women and young men are held each Spring (usually in March) and Fall (usually in October).
Q: Who can sponsor a candidate for a VN weekend?
A: Anyone who has attended Tres Dias, VN or a similar fourth day type of weekend. Vida Nueva International answers this question this way – any informed person.
Q: How do I sponsor a candidate for a VN weekend?
A: Download an application for your candidate to fill out and sign. Submit the application following the instructions at the top of the application form. Contact the Pre-Weekend couple if you have any questions. There is also a JotForm Plugin embedded in the Forms page at the bottom. You can fill, sign and submit directly from this JotForm plugin embedded into our website Form page.
Q: I hear that CGVN now requires background checks for team members. Is this true? A: Anyone attending a weekend (candidates and team) that is 18 years old and up require background checks. You can find a Link BGC to our third party Background Check application at the very bottom of any page on our website.
Q: It has been two years since my CGVN background check. Do I need to submit my information again? A: No. Following the recent pandemic, the Council voted to change its policy on background checks. As of January of 2022 background checks will be good for a period of three years. If you have submitted your information once, regardless of how long ago it may have been, you do NOT need to submit it again. If you are serving on a team, we will re-run your background check using the existing information.