This is a general list of FAQs. You can find this year’s official list here when it’s ready.
What kind of program is planned?
During the HOBY Leadership Seminar, many dynamic leaders—all volunteers from the fields of business, education, government, and other professions—will address aspects of our changing world and the challenges future leaders will confront. The program will not promote any specific political party, religion, or way of thinking; but is designed to develop critical thinking skills by actively involving participants in discussions and informal debate. During the seminar, you will be asked to undertake a community service project(s) involving at least 100 hours during the year following your seminar, to make a difference in your school, community, place of worship, or other environment where you see a need. The program also includes outstanding speakers, leadership activities, social events, and a special closing ceremony to which parents are invited.
What are the accommodations like?
Participants will be assigned dorm rooms with two to three participants per room on floors reserved exclusively for the seminar. Please bring sheets, blanket, pillow, towels and toiletries for your use. A complete packing list will be provided here. Everyone will receive nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. On the Medical History Records Form, please indicate any special dietary considerations, including vegetarianism, and we will do our best to accommodate you.
How are medical accommodations made at the seminar?
All participants will be given a Medical History Records Form and Physician Medication Verification Form to complete and bring with them to the seminar.
If necessary, how are students contacted during the seminar?
Parents, friends, and family members are discouraged from calling students during the seminar due to the disruption caused to panels and activities. In cases of emergency, parent(s) or guardians may call the Leadership Seminar Chair, whose contact information will be provided prior to the seminar. The seminar will be chaperoned by qualified adults who will be staying at the facility 24 hours a day.
Who pays for the seminar?
In most cases, a school or parent pays a Registration Fee for each student. Additional costs at the seminar for meals, lodging and training materials have been generously provided by sponsors throughout our state, including businesses, foundations, individuals, and service organizations wishing to support leadership education.
What is the dress code?
Dress is casual throughout the weekend. Sunday is “dress-up.” You will be provided a HOBY t-shirt and it will be laundered each night. Saturday afternoon we will be doing volunteer activities and you need to wear long pants (i.e. jeans) and closed toe shoes (sneakers).
What about religious services?
Services will be available for students. All students must sign up for one of the Sunday morning options.
What transportation arrangements have been made?
Participants are responsible for their transportation to and from the seminar.
What if I am unable to attend the seminar?
If circumstances arise that prevent you from attending the entire seminar, including overnight, we would like to give another student the opportunity to attend. Please contact the person at your school who selected you, and follow up with a call to the Leadership Seminar Chair.