The MYC environment is geared toward learning and practicing modest and respectful behavior between the sexes, rather than strict gender segregation. To accomplish this, men and women and boys and girls share the same public space during large group activities, such as prayers, classes, meals, and campfire. Within that public space, equal areas are often arranged for separated seating, but communication between men/boys and women/girls is welcome as long as it is respectful, modest and public. For example, each cabin group eats at a designated table that is separate from all other cabins, but as campers clear their tables and put away their dishes, they will interact with other campers from other tables (and other genders) doing the same. Polite and modest communication at that time is necessary and appropriate. Similarly, our classes are gender-inclusive, with boys and girls of the same age studying together in the same class. Sometimes they will be seated separately in that class, and at other times a class exercise will require smaller groupings that call for direct discussion between boys and girls. Done respectfully and in the public eye of the teacher and their peers, our campers thus practice how to interact with the opposite sex in a way that maintains their own personal space, modesty, and respect for themselves and others. Lewd, hurtful or sexist behavior is never acceptable.
Keeping this sense of adab (etiquette) in mind, campers may meet and talk with unrelated campers of the opposite sex even during free time, as long as it is done in a public place visible to the camp community and with a paramount awareness of carrying oneself with modesty (haya’)
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