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2020 Camp 43 Accepting Applications

'20, '21 & '22 Graduates - Don't miss this unique, leadership development experience!

Camp 43 


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff.  As a result, this year's Camp 43 has been cancelled. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.  Read more on how NARA is addressing COVID-19 (coronavirushttps://www.archives.gov/coronavirus  

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is now accepting applications from 2020, 2021, and 2022 high school graduates for “Camp 43: Leader of One, Leader of Many,” scheduled for June 17-19, 2020.

Interested students should submit the following documents to Bush43Education@nara.gov by close of business on April 10, 2020:

“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 Gen. Patrick X. Mordente, director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. “I think we’ve done an excellent job this year filling Camp 43’s itinerary with wonderful, unique experiences for our students.”

Held June 17-19, 2020, 25 high school students will be accepted for the 3-day summer camp. There is no cost for the camp. Lunch and snacks are provided daily along with a formal dinner to conclude the camp. All participants are responsible for their own daily transportation to and from the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Focusing on the importance of leadership and the decision-making process, participants will discover how values and personal beliefs affect their decisions, develop skills for working with diverse groups, and hear first-hand from high-level business executives about the methods they use to make decisions. The experience includes group activities, discussions, and presentations from prominent and successful community and government leaders.

“One very exciting part of Camp 43 is a real-time 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 exercise 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.”

Completed and signed applications must be received by the close of business on April 10, 2020. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance or placement on a wait list and information about camp logistics via e-mail no later than May 10, 2020.

If you are not able to send the required documents using email, send them via regular mail to:

Education Specialist

ATTN:  Camp 43
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
2943 SMU Blvd, Room 294
Dallas, TX 75205

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