Not all the time. At MYC, boys and girls share the same public space (classes, meals, campfire, etc.) because we believe that it is important for American Muslims to practice behaving modestly with the opposite sex. We usually have some separate seating arranged for boys and girls, but there is no prohibition on interacting with each other as long as it is done in public and with modesty and respect for each other. For example, no boys allowed in the girls cabins, and vice versa. But if you keep in a publicly-supervised place, you can talk to someone of the opposite sex as long as it is done in a modest and respectful way.
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