LEAD Camp Information


LEAD 2023 is finally here, and we’re excited to give another year of students a life-changing summer!
Below you can find critical information for parents and students alike, including packing, lodging, check-in, events, and more. Please review each section of this page carefully, and download the confirmation packet with the button to the right.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the SSI office at the contacts below at any time.

Before you come:

Make sure you are coming prepared for an awesome week! Bring appropriate clothing for the various events of the week (you can find more information in the “LEAD Dress Code Guide“); you will also need to pack sheets or a sleeping bag, towels and toiletries, and a few more necessary items. The dorms are suite style, so you may want to bring soap/hand towels for the bathrooms since those will not be provided by SAU. Be sure to bring a reusable water bottle to refill throughout the week so you can stay hydrated! Look under the “What to Bring” section within “Details and Policies” to see what else you should bring.

Camp Policies

Before you come, be sure to read over our camp policies! You’ll be expected to be aware of and adhere to these policies during LEAD. A copy of the camp policies will be included in your student binder.

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LEAD Contact Info

SSI/LEAD Phone Number:

Office Email:


Spring Arbor University:
106 E Main St, Spring Arbor, MI 49283

Lansing Capitol
Legislative Session
100 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933

Arrival & Check-in:

Student check-in will be open 5:15-6:15pm in the Poling Center at Spring Arbor University (133 Ogle Ave, Spring Arbor, MI 49283; you can park on either Ogle Avenue or College Street). All students should arrive before 6:15pm. Student orientation will begin promptly at 6:30pm.If you are delayed and will arrive late, PLEASE call us at 517-321-6233 x1. Students arriving after 6:30pm should bring their luggage to orientation. They will have time to take their luggage to their rooms afterward.Pizza will be served Sunday night at 8:15pm. As it is very late in the day, you may want to get dinner before dropping off your student.

Closing Ceremony & Check-out:

The closing ceremony on Friday will begin at 5:00pm in White Auditorium on Cottage Street on Spring Arbor’s campus. All parents are invited to attend. If you are not attending the closing ceremony, please arrive before 6:00pm to pick up your student immediately after the closing ceremony ends.When picking up your student, both student and parent (or the adult picking up student) will need to come to check out so SSI can confirm the student is being released to an approved individual named on the student’s registration.

More details:

    • Dorms will be assigned before LEAD. On the registration form, students had the opportunity to indicate whether they would like to be assigned to room with a specific person. Students wishing to room together MUST have both requested the other as a roommate in the appropriate field on the registration form. We also allowed students to request suitemates who will not dorm in the same room but will be in the room connected by a bathroom; we cannot guarantee to assign suitemates as requested, but if we are able, we will do so. Dorm assignments cannot be changed at camp. Each dorm room accommodates two people. No student will be alone in a suite. Students will receive a room key during their stay at SAU; however, any students who lose their key will be responsible to pay SAU for the cost of replacing it before checking out on Friday. All students will be housed in air-conditioned dorms. Men’s and Women’s dorm buildings are separate.
    • Medications: All medications should have been indicated on the registration form. Any and all medications your student brings with them will need to be handed in to our medical coordinator at check-in. If your student did not indicate medications on the registration form or there has been any change to medications since registering, please contact the office with updated information.
    • CAMP PHONE NUMBER: If you need to speak with camp staff at any point throughout the week of camp, please contact us at the following number: (517) 321-6233 x1. If your call goes to voicemail, leave a message and someone will call you back as soon as possible. For non-urgent matters, you can email us at office@ssionline.org.
      • In case of emergencies, call (517) 321-6233 x2.
    • If you need directions to Spring Arbor University or the Legislative sessions in Lansing, you can find the most up-to-date information here. Please see the confirmation packet for help on answering many of the other questions you may have about times, places, what to bring, what not to bring, dress code, and more. You can download the confirmation packet here.


  • First-time parents are invited to an informational meeting with SSI President Joseph Cecil immediately after check-in on Sunday at 6:30pm in the Den in the lower level of the Kresge Student Life Center at Spring Arbor University. This is optional, but parents of first-time attendees are strongly encouraged to stay. It will include an overview of what the week will look like for your student with time for questions.
  • Parents are welcome to join us for evening Chapel on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday at 6:30pm in the Ralph Carey Forum in the Kresge Student Life Center and Wednesday at 8:25pm in the White Auditorium at Spring Arbor University.
  • House and Senate students will debate their bills on Friday, July 28th in the Capitol Building in Lansing. Please check our website for detailed information before coming. The Senate session starts at 9am and the House session begins at 12:30pm. These sessions are held in the House Chambers (please use the third-floor gallery). We will be streaming the Senate and House sessions; a separate link for each track’s session will be posted on our Facebook page.
  • Campaign students will participate in a debate on Wednesday, July 26th at 6:45pm in the White Auditorium at Spring Arbor University. All parents are invited to attend.
  • We will have a closing ceremony on Friday, July 28th at 5pm in the White Auditorium at Spring Arbor University. All parents are invited to attend.

Parents: Get the latest news from LEAD!

Wondering what is going on at camp? Follow us online! Like and follow SSI on Facebook or Instagram. You can also directly follow our student reports on the LEAD News Network on YouTube.To reach Student Statesmanship Institute staff during the week of LEAD, call (517) 321-6233 x1.For emergencies, call (517) 321-6233 x2.

LEAD Backpack



LEAD Merch: 

You can purchase a LEAD backpack, hoodie, or a commemorative group photo at camp.