During his morning briefing, April 2, 2003, President George W. Bush reviews the progress of the war with members of the War Council. (P28531-23A)
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Unique Summer Camp

Students Complete Exhilarating 2018 Camp43

Unique summer camp helps young people realize their full potential
as leaders through a series of engaging speakers,
personality tests, and unique team activities

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“Camp43 was a great experience,” said Kyle Hampson, a junior last year at San Juan Hills High School in Ladera Ranch, California. “I learned so much about how to effectively lead others and make the right decisions.”

The last week of June 2018, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum hosted 24 ambitious and motivated high school students at its fifth annual “Camp43: Leader of One, Leader of Many.”

“Understanding the concepts of personal values, principle-based decision making, leadership, and planning for the future are critical for a young person’s success, both professionally and personally,” said Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente, director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. “It was great fun to watch these students actively engaged in lessons and discussions, and then experience that light bulb moment.”

Camp43 is a three-day summer camp specifically tailored for 2018, 2019, and 2020 high school graduates. Each day focuses on a different topic related to leadership. By carefully selecting energetic and driven students, this unique training opportunity presses students to discover their own leadership qualities while learning about the principles that guided George W. Bush during his presidency.

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Camp43 was such a good experience,” said Abby Woloss,
a sophomore last year at Rockwall-Heath High School in Texas. “I recommend it to anyone who wants to put action into their goals; you will learn a lot about yourself

Conceived five years ago by Bush Library education docents with the goal of fostering America’s next generation of leaders, Camp43 is led by those docents in conjunction with the Library’s Education Program staff, and conducted with generous support from the George W. Bush Foundation.

“Camp43 was a very fun experience,” said Emily Havens, a sophomore last year at Paris R-II High School in Missouri. “I learned a lot about being a leader and how to encourage others to be leaders.”

This unique summer camp helps young people realize their full potential as leaders through a series of engaging speakers, personality tests, and team activities. Students also participated in “The Situation Room Experience,” a decision-making crisis scenario in the actual, wood-paneled White House Situation Room used by President Bush and his Cabinet members during his Administration.

"One very exciting part of Camp43 was a simulation in which the students take on the roles of members of the President’s Administration and collaborate to resolve a crisis,” said Education Specialist Sharon Brannon. “The Situation Room Experience is very useful in and of itself, but having it take place in the actual historic room from the White House, adds authenticity and tremendous energy and enthusiasm.”  

For more information about Camp43, The Situation Room Experience, and other educational programs at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, email bush43education@nara.gov.

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Provided as lithographs, these photos were taken during the Administration of President George W. Bush.