General and Registration Information

General Information

  • Tuition: Your registration fee covers all instructional materials, food & lodging for all five days!
  • Daily Events: Worship/Bible study; teaching sessions; legislative, judicial, business, campaign or media track activities; dynamic speakers; entertainment; games & sports.
  • Eligibility: High school-aged teens.In other words, students entering their first year of high school through those just having graduated from high school are eligible to attend. Find out which tracks you are eligible for here.
    First-year summer students always participate in the House of Representatives. Those who have participated in an Onsite program can attend as a Senator.
  • What to Pack: For details on what to bring, what not to bring, and dress code, please see the Policies & Procedure. SSI does not assign dorm rooms.
  • Location: Great Lakes Christian College, 6211 W. Willow Rd., Lansing, MI (

SSI LEAD Policies

We are excited that you have chosen to attend our Summer Program. It is our desire to make this a enjoyable, life-changing experience for everyone involved. While we expect no problems from the students, it is important to define the boundaries and lay the foundation for expectations and conflict/problem-solving ahead of time so everyone is aware of policies and procedures.

While your student is at LEAD, he/she will be under the supervision of LEAD staff, instructors and chaperones. Our goal is to have the ratio of chaperones to students at no less than 1:10. LEAD staff will be on location at all times. The LEAD staff, instructors and chaperones will clearly communicate to students our expectations.

LEAD’s Cancellation Fee / Refund Policy

Students who are unable to attend SSI during the week for which they registered may request a refund of their registration fee.
All refund checks are mailed approximately 2-3 weeks after the request is made. Due to costly administrative commitments, refunds will be honored as follows:

  • May 21, 2018: Deadline for FULL refund – all weeks  Any requests for refunds postmarked or phoned in by May 21st will be honored in full, including the deposit.
  • May 28, 2018: Deadline for Week One (June 10th-15th) partial refund  Any requests for refunds postmarked or phoned in by May 28th but after May 21st will be honored, minus the $50 deposit. After May 28th, no refunds will be permitted.
  • June 11, 2018: Deadline for Week Two (June 24th-29th) partial refund  Any requests for refunds postmarked or phoned in by June 11th but after May 21st will be honored, minus the $50 deposit. After June 11th, no refunds will be permitted.
  • July 2, 2018: Deadline for Week Three (July 15th-20th) partial refund   Any requests for refunds postmarked or phoned in by July 2nd but after May 21st will be honored, minus the $50 deposit. After July 2nd, no refunds will be permitted.

NOTE: If a student is dismissed as a result of disciplinary action or leaves to go home for any reason (illness,etc.) during his/her week at SSI, no refund or partial refund will be issued. Likewise, no one may attend in his/her place.

Alternatives to Refunds

Attend a Different Week – Students are encouraged to attend a different week of SSI, as space allows, rather than not come at all. We will make every attempt to make adjustments where possible. Therefore, if a student wishes to switch to a different week, he or she must make that request to SSI as soon as possible. If no room is available in another week, a refund may be issued according to the policy outlined above.

Transfer Registration – Transferring a registration is sometimes, but not always, acceptable and depends on each individual situation. Please call the SSI office immediately if you are thinking of transferring your registration to another individual. In any case, new registration forms will be required.

Financial Aid –  There are many deserving students who want to attend SSI, but simply can’t afford it. Consider helping them by transferring the tuition money to the Financial Aid Fund.

What to Bring

  • Bedding: Sleeping bag or blanket, sheets, pillow, etc.
  • Toiletries: Towel, washcloth, soap, shampoo/conditioner, comb/brush, sun screen, toothbrush, etc.
  • Supplies: Bible, pen/pencil, notebook, alarm clock, fan (dorms do not have AC), cell phones (not allowed in administration building).
  • Clothing: Casual clothes for time spent on campus, athletic clothing for sports including closed-toed shoes, nice casual, and enough “dress” outfits for presentations and trips to the Capitol or other venues.
  • Sports Equipment: Some will be provided; however, feel free to bring your own basketball, volleyball, soccer ball, and/or other outdoor sports equipment.
  • Spending Money: Only needed to buy an SSI t-shirt ($10), pop, snacks, and/or supplies from vending machines or the GLCC campus store.

What NOT to Bring

Do Not Bring: Stereo, video, or computer equipment (NO laptops or tablets), unless given prior permission, electronic devices (such as games, drones, iPods, or CD/MP3/DVD players), amplified musical instruments, flammable materials, or controlled substances. If in doubt, call the SSI office at (517) 321-6233 and we will let you know if you should bring it. Note to Parents: Please take the opportunity to go through your child’s luggage with him/her and discuss what constitutes appropriate, professional, and modest clothing as outlined below and to ensure no items are brought from the list above.

Food or snacks which contain peanuts/peanut products, etc. are NOT allowed in any building on campus (including dorms).

Dress Code

While we recognize that families have different tastes, views, and convictions on what constitutes professional, modest, and appropriate dress, all students attending SSI are required to respect and comply with the following. If these standards are not met, SSI staff may ask a student to immediately change his/her outfit to comply with the dress code.

General Standards
Students should wear neat, clean, modest, and activity-appropriate clothing. No torn, frayed, ragged, or offensive (message and/or images) clothing please.

Casual: jeans or shorts, tee shirts, sneakers, or sandals
Nice Casual: khakis/dress pants or skirts, with collared or dress shirt, and dress shoes (no flip-flops)
Business Dress: collared shirt and tie with dress pants or suit for gentlemen; dress, skirt or dress pants with blouse or business suit for ladies

At any time, shorts must be long enough to cover through mid-thigh, and skirts, dresses, and business suits must be to the knee at all times, regardless of whether leggings are worn. No low-cut tops, racerbacks, spaghetti or thin straps. Shirts must cover the lower back, the front, and the midsection. No pajamas outside of dorm rooms.

No sagging shorts or pants. Shirts must be worn at all times. Shirts must not show any part of the lower back or midsection. No pajamas outside of dorm rooms.

Specific Event Standards

  • Teaching Sessions: Students may wear nice shorts or jeans. Shoes or sandals must be worn at all times in the Administration Building.
  • Sports or Outside Activities: Closed-toed shoes (tennis shoes) are required.
  • Legislative Track: There will be three trips to the Capitol. Monday will be casual; no shorts or flip-flops are allowed. Dress code for Wednesday and Friday trips will be business attire, so gentlemen should wear dress shirt with tie and dress slacks, or suits; ladies should wear a dress or modest blouse with a skirt or dress slacks. Reminder: Dresses, skirts, and business suits must cover the knee at all times.
  • Business Track: Business dress for the Thursday evening presentation and for the trip to the Capitol on Friday for the group photo.
  • Judicial Tracks: Business dress for the trials on Thursday and Friday, and Moot Court arguments on Friday.
  • Media Track: Business dress for Tuesday & Thursday media tours, and Wednesday & Friday Capitol trips. For Broadcast students, business dress will be required for filming.
  • Campaign Track: Business dress for the debate and for filming of campaign ads. Nice casual for possible tour.

If you have any questions, please call the SSI office at (517) 321-6233.

Registration & Dorms

Dorms open at 5:30 p.m. and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Registration opens at 6:00 p.m. Students may go to the dorms and select their room if they arrive on campus before 6:00 p.m. Students arriving between 6:00-6:30 p.m. should register first, go select their dorm room, and then return to the chapel for the icebreaker. Students arriving AFTER 6:30 p.m. should register and immediately go to the chapel. Their luggage can be left in the cafeteria. They will be able to set up their dorm room later in the evening. Students wishing to room together should arrive early enough to reserve a room together as there are no pre-assigned rooms.

NOTE: Due to limited dorm capacity and SSI’s desire to allow as many students to attend as possible, we cannot guarantee that every student will have access to a bed frame. Mattresses are available for each student.

Students will have the option to receive a room key during their stay at Great Lakes Christian College; however, there is a $125 fee for lost keys, payable to GLCC before checking out on Friday.

NOTE: There is no air conditioning in the dorms; it is strongly recommended that students bring a fan.

Students with Special Needs

Please note on the Health Information & Medical Release Form any special needs that will require any degree of consideration. If it is appropriate, we will contact you for more information so that we can plan for the support necessary to ensure a positive experience for your child. Regarding food allergies, items with possible allergen-containing ingredients are labeled or otherwise identified; however, there is always a risk of contamination. There is also a possibility that manufacturers of the commercial foods used could change the formulation at any time without notice. Participants concerned with food allergies need to be aware of this risk. Neither Great Lakes Christian College nor SSI will assume any liability for adverse reactions to foods consumed or items one may come in contact with during the week of participation.  SSI will do what it can and within reason to accommodate the special food needs of allergic students.  To allow time for possible accommodations, SSI must receive a doctor’s notification at least one week prior to the start of the program of a participant’s allergies and special needs requests.

Food or snacks which contain peanuts/peanut products, etc. are NOT allowed in any building on campus (including dorms).


All activities are mandatory and all students will be expected to participate in every activity unless prior permission is obtained to excuse a student. The final schedule will be distributed at registration.

Additional Expectations

  • Name tags shall be worn facing out at all times when outside dorm rooms.
  • No food, candy, beverages, gum, etc. will be permitted in the Chapel at GLCC, in the Capitol Building, or in the courtrooms.
  • Guests and observers at the Capitol and courtrooms are restricted to lobbies and visitors galleries. Only SSI participants,
    staff, ADCs, and chaperones are permitted on the House Floor.
  • Please label all belongings and keep cash and other valuables on your person. SSI is not responsible for lost or stolen items.


Issues and topics debated, including bills for the Mock Legislature and/or cases for the Mock Trial, may be controversial or sensitive in nature. Please contact SSI or see the FAQ section for more information.