Camp FAQs

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Due to COVID-19, the National Teen Leadership Program will not be hosting a 2021 in-person leadership camp.

For 27 years in a row, the National Teen Leadership Program has held at least one camp every summer. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the President of California State University, Sacramento has officially announced that the University will not be hosting in-person summer events. The safety of our teens, volunteer staff, and our community is of upmost importance. As leaders in creating positive environments that empower, inspire and educate all teens, we want to lead by example and keep our community safe. We hope to see everyone back in Sacramento in summer 2022!

“What age groups can attend?”

NTLP is open to students who will be entering 8th grade in the Fall (current 7th graders) through students who will graduate in May/June (current seniors). If you are younger, please call to discuss whether this camp is appropriate for you. Students are roomed with those in like grades. For instance, we do not room incoming Freshman with Seniors, but they are mixed in our small group sessions.

“How much does the three-day program cost?”

The 2020 three-day program fee is just $599. REGISTER NOW! Program fees may be paid by family members, schools or raised by community donations. Information on how to raise the sponsorship fee is sent upon receipt of the application and an outline of activities. NTLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Sponsorship fees include: university accommodations, all meals, seminar materials, program book, tee shirt and so much more. Transportation to the program is not included.

“Can I fundraise to pay the sponsorship fee?”

Yes! Anyone can fundraise their way to camp. Contact us to learn more about fundraising.

“Do you have group rates?”

YES! Group rates are available: $499 group rate for 8 or more teens, $549 group gate for 3 to 7 teens. We also have sibling rates: First child pays full price, second child gets $50 off, third child gets $75 off. Taking advantage of our deals is easy through our online registration process.

“Are accommodations included?”

Yes! Students stay on site at the university in the dorms.

“Are the males and females separated in their sleeping arrangements?”

Yes, of course. Depending on the university, students either have their own building or are separated by floors.

“If I come with a friend, can they be my roommate?”

Yes again! Once registered, you will receive a roommate match up form. We’ll ask a few questions about your hobbies and interests and try to match you up with the best possible roommate. If you are coming with a friend and would like to share a room (same sex only) there will be a place for that on the form.

“How long has NTLP been in business?”

NTLP began in 1992 and in 2017 celebrated our 25th anniversary! For over 27 years, we have produced 60 programs for over 18,000 students.

“What kind of program is this?”

Motivational, educational and inspirational! During the weekend students hear from professional motivational speakers, take part in interactive workshops and small group sessions – all around the concepts of leadership, teamwork, and diversity.

“Is there a religious affiliation?”

No. NTLP offers a LEADERSHIP camp. We are open to students of all faiths, nationalities, ethnicities, and belief systems.

“If I live in the area, do I have to stay on site, or can I come and go during the weekend?”

Students must remain on campus during the weekend. Our programs start early and end late, plus there is a special camaraderie and bonding shared by getting to know your roommate and staying in a dorm-like atmosphere. If there is some reason that the student must leave for a short while during the camp, it must be pre-arranged prior to attending NTLP and the parent or guardian must pick up and return the student to the program.

“Which airport should I use?”

If you are attending CSU Sacramento, please use the Sacramento International Airport (SMF). Watch for specials, especially on Southwest Airlines. If you plan to book early, please be sure your flight arrives prior to 11:00 am on Friday, and departs no earlier than 6:30 pm on Sunday.

“I have to fly. Will someone meet me?”

NTLP staff will meet and greet all arrivals (curbside) on Friday prior to 11am (CA). After that they need to come back into the campus to start the program. We use Super Shuttle and private autos (occasionally) to transfer participants. On departure day, Sunday, students are picked up from the university and taken to the airport and dropped off curb-side.

In 20+ years we have never lost or left behind a single student!

“Is there a cost for the airport transfer?”

Yes. It will cost $30 one way and $55 round trip.

NOTE: If you are traveling from out-of-state to any location and cannot arrive at the times indicated above, please call the NTLP office to discuss: 800-550-1950.

“If my student is traveling by air, do I need to accompany them?”

That is up to you. Every year we have dozens of students who fly alone and do just fine. If you would like to come with them we will give you some recommendations of nearby hotel accommodations and you have the option of renting a car at the airport and driving your student to the campus. Maps and directions will be available on the website. Both campuses are in residential areas and there are no hotels within walking distance, although there are some very close by car. During the weekend you are welcome to sit in on our motivational speakers, but workshops, group sessions and meals are for the attending students only. (Students will not participate openly if they know they are being listened to by their parents!) If you would like to be an Interview Judge on Saturday afternoon, we would be pleased to have you attend (please email your interest through our Contact Us page.)

“Do I have to raise sponsorships or can I, or a parent pay?”

Sponsorships are not required. We make this option available to you to help defray costs and so that anyone, from any financial situation can attend. If it is feasible for you or a parent to pay the entire fee, you are more than welcome to do that – just be sure to list yourself or your parents as the sponsors!

“Can I pay in installments?”

Yes you can. We have payments plans available and you can set it up to fit your budget. Your first payment is a $150 deposit. Subsequent payments can be spread out, but must be paid in full at least 30 days prior to the program.

“What if I have to cancel?”
  • Payments are refundable to the paying person or sponsor only.
  • Cancellations more than 60 days prior to the conference are subject to a $50 cancellation charge.
  • Cancellations 30 to 60 days prior to the conference are subject to a $100 cancellation charge.
  • Cancellations less than 30 days prior to the conference are non-refundable.
  • Refunds will not be granted for no-shows (registrants who do not attend the conference with no prior notice of cancellation).
“I received my information after the deadline. Can I still apply to attend the program?”

Yes! Sometimes the mail just takes a while to reach you or perhaps when you received the application you were not ready to make a decision regarding your summer plans. We accept applications at any time, until we are full. In the event of a full camp, we take applications in the order they are received, so send in your application as soon as you are ready.

“Who are the advisors on site?”

NTLP is staffed by our wonderful alumni as well as others who have a strong desire to help others to develop their leadership skills. The requirement for our alumni is that they have attended NTLP while in high school, graduated high school and completed at least 1 year of college or work experience. Every year we have a few “rookies,” outstanding teens that attended last year and are now in college. Many have staffed our program for over 10 years.

All of our staff goes through an interview process, rigorous training before camp, and background checks. A few of our staff serve on our Board of Directors or are on the Advisory Board. Our staff is passionate about inspiring and motivating youth.

Check this out! NTLP staff are NOT paid. More than volunteers, they pay their room and board for this privilege. Most are in college or are college graduates, while many have their Masters and some have PhDs!

“Are students allowed to leave the site?”

Students are not allowed to leave the campus during the weekend. If they drive, we hold their car keys. They never cross the campus alone and we have group meetings at curfew to ensure everyone is where they are supposed to be. Security and safety is our #1 priority, followed closely, of course, by motivating, inspiring and teaching leadership skills.

“Who will ensure the safety of my child?”

Our NTLP staff will be on hand at all times to direct the students and to provide guidance in any way they can to ensure they have a good time and are safe. NTLP staff are there to lead, mentor and befriend the participants. They lead the group sessions, mix and mingle with the attendees and are positioned throughout the floors in the dorms. While it may look like they are having as much fun as the participants, they know to keep a watchful eye. They are trained to watch for cliques that might form, students who seem isolated, the occasional prankster and any ‘hook ups’ that came together or formed during the weekend. Once attendees themselves, they know what to look for and how to nicely defuse issues without embarrassment to the student. They are well-trained before camp in group facilitation skills, conflict resolution, teamwork, etc. and are excellent role models for the attendees. Personally we think they are some of the finest young men and women on the face of the planet.

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