LEAD Camp Information

THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN WEEK 3 of LEAD 2021 (July 25-30, 2021)!

LEAD 2021 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 (look under the “LEAD Dress Code Guide” tab of the Details webpage); you will also need to pack sheets or a sleeping bag, towels and toiletries, and a few more necessary items. 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 the “Details and Policies” tab 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:

Arrival & Check-IN Information

Student check-in will be open 5:30-6:30pm in the Poling Center at Spring Arbor University (133 Ogle Ave, Spring Arbor, MI 49283). All students should arrive before 6:30pm. Student orientation will begin promptly at 6:30pm. If you will be late or something happens, PLEASE call us at (517) 321-6233 x2.

Please email or call the office to let us know as soon as possible who will be picking your student up at the end of the week, or if your student will be driving themselves to and from LEAD.

If you are delayed and will arrive late, please call us at 517-321-6233 x2. Students arriving after 6:30 pm should bring their luggage to orientation. They will have time to choose a room afterwards.

Pizza will be served Sunday night at 8:15 pm. As it is very late in the day, you may want to get dinner before dropping off your student.

COVID-19 Policies

We are excited to say that Spring Arbor University has updated their policies and will NOT be requiring face coverings or social distancing. 

  • Please monitor your student’s health and let us know if they are exhibiting severe symptoms before bringing them to LEAD.
  • If your student has had “prolonged exposure” (15 minutes or more exposed to someone with a positive COVID-19 test) since July 11th, please contact us.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office to discuss. 


More details:

  • Dorms will be chosen during student check-in on Sunday, July 25th. Rooms are chosen on a first come, first served basis. We do not assign roommates (unless students had marked the box on their registration form to be randomly assigned a roommate). Students who want to room together are responsible to all be present once check-in opens and to reserve their rooms together. Men’s dorms are suite style, with two beds in each suite and two suites connected by a shared bathroom. Women’s dorms will also be suite style but DO NOT HAVE A/C. Female students should bring a fan with them to help combat the heat. Men’s and Women’s dorm buildings are separate.
  • Medications: If your student has a prescription that will need to be distributed to them, please let us know. Unless it’s necessary for staff/crew to distribute the medication, all medications will be self-administered.
  • 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 x2. 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.
  • If you need directions to Spring Arbor University or the Legislative Sessions in Lansing, you can find the most up-to-date information on this page. 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.



Parents are welcome to join certain LEAD events, listed below:

  • First-time parents are invited to a informational meeting with SSI President James Muffett and COO Joseph Cecil immediately after check-in on Sunday at 6:30pm in the Den in the Kresge 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 child with time for questions. 
  • Parents are welcome to join us for evening Chapel at 7pm in the Ralph Carey Forum in the Student Center at Spring Arbor University. Guest speakers are as follows:
    • Monday evening: Jaye Hill 
    • Tuesday evening: William Wagner 
    • Thursday evening: Tim Van Loh 
  • Campaign students will participate in a gubernatorial debate Wednesday evening at 7pm in the White Auditorium at Spring Arbor University. Parents are invited to come watch your student in action!
  • House and Senate students will debate their bills on Friday, July 30th in Lansing. Please check our website for detailed information before coming. The Senate session starts at 9:00am and the House session begins at 12:30pm. These sessions are held in the House Chambers (please use the third-floor gallery). *There is always a possibility that we will move from the Chambers. Please check our website for updates before going to the Capitol.
  • We will have a closing ceremony on Friday, July 30th at 5pm in the White Auditorium at Spring Arbor University. All parents are invited to attend. Information regarding the ceremony and student pick-up is below.

Closing Ceremony and Check-out Information

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.

When picking up your student(s), both student and parent will need to come to check out so SSI can relinquish the student into the parent’s or relative’s care. All students must be checked out with SSI staff to be allowed to leave. Students will only be able to leave campus with the parent or guardian registered at check-in to pick them up. We maintain these policies carefully to ensure the safety and security of all our students, and thank you for your cooperation.

Once again, if your student is driving themselves to and from LEAD, please email or call the office before Sunday, July 25th.

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 reporters on the LEAD News Network on Facebook.

To reach Student Statesmanship Institute staff during the week of LEAD, call (517) 321-6233 x2. 

LEAD Backpack


LEAD Merch: 

You can purchase a LEAD 2021 t-shirt, LEAD backpack, or a commemorative group photo at camp.