General and Registration Information

General Information

  • Tuition: Your registration fee covers all instructional materials, food and lodging for all five days!
  • Daily Events: Worship/Bible study; teaching sessions; legislative, judicial, business, campaign or media track activities; dynamic speakers; entertainment; games and 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 LEAD Policies (below). SSI does not assign dorm rooms.
  • Location: Cleary University, 3725 Cleary Dr., Howell, MI (

LEAD Policies

We are excited that you have chosen to attend LEAD. It is our desire to make this a profitable, 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. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office at (517) 321-6233.

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

LEAD Cancellation Fee / Refund Policy

Students who are unable to attend LEAD 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 28, 2019: Deadline for FULL refund – all weeks
    Any requests for refunds postmarked or phoned in no later than May 28 will be honored in full, including the deposit.
  • June 3, 2019: Deadline for Week One (June 16-21) partial refund
    Any requests for refunds postmarked or phoned in no later than June 3 but after May 28 will be honored, minus the $50 deposit. After June 3, no refunds will be permitted.
  • June 24, 2019: Deadline for Week Two (July 7-12) partial refund
    Any requests for refunds postmarked or phoned in no later than June 24 but after May 28 will be honored, minus the $50 deposit. After June 24, no refunds will be permitted.
  • July 8, 2019: Deadline for Week Three (July 21-26) partial refund
    Any requests for refunds postmarked or phoned in no later than July 8 but after May 28 will be honored, minus the $50 deposit. After July 8, 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 LEAD, 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 LEAD, 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 the SSI office 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 LEAD but simply can’t afford it. Consider helping them by transferring the tuition money to the Financial Aid Fund.


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. While students attend LEAD, it will be very important that they get enough sleep to meet the challenging itinerary.

Students should not plan on leaving campus during the week.

Registration & Dorms

Dorms open at 5:30pm and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may go to the dorms and select their room if they arrive on campus before 6:00pm. Students arriving between 6:00-6:30pm should register first, go select their dorm room, and then return to the Chapel for student orientation. Students arriving AFTER 6:30pm should register immediately, then go to the Chapel. Their luggage can be left in the Atrium. They will have an opportunity to set up their dorm room later in the evening. Students wishing to room with each other should arrive early enough to claim a room together as rooms cannot be saved for those who have not yet arrived. Parents are encouraged to stay for the parent meeting at 6:30pm.

Students may receive a room and/or dorm key during their stay at Cleary; however, if students lose their key, before checking out on Friday they will be responsible to pay Cleary for the cost of replacing it.

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, cell phone (not allowed in the Johnson Center or Chrysler Building). No need to bring a fan, dorms do have AC 😉
  • 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 a LEAD t-shirt ($10) or other camp gear, pop, snacks, and/or supplies from vending machines or the Cleary 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.

Dress Code

While we recognize that families have different tastes, views, and convictions on what constitutes professional, modest, and appropriate dress, all students attending LEAD 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 crude language or images on clothing. No ragged clothing please.


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

Ladies: At any time, shorts must reach mid-thigh. Skirts and dresses (solid fabric) must touch the knee at all times if no leggings are worn. If leggings are worn, the skirt or dress may not be any higher than a hand’s width above the knee at any time. Leggings or similar bottoms must have something worn over them. No low-cut tops, racerbacks, spaghetti or thin straps. Shirts must cover the lower back, the front, the midsection, and bra (including straps). No pajamas outside of dorm rooms.
Gentlemen: 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: Casual. Shoes or sandals must be worn at all times in the Johnson Center.
  • Sports or Outside Activities: Closed-toed shoes are required.
  • Legislative Track: There will be trips to the Capitol. If students go to the Capitol on Monday, the dress code 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 a dress shirt with a tie and dress slacks, or a suit; ladies should wear a dress or modest blouse with a skirt or dress slacks. Make sure that all attire is in dress code.
  • Business Track: Business dress for the Thursday evening presentation and for a group photo.
  • Judicial Tracks: Business dress for the trials on Thursday and Friday, and Moot Court arguments on Friday.
  • Media Track: Business dress for two media tours, Capitol trips on Wednesday & Friday, and filming.
  • Campaign Track: Business dress for the Wednesday debate, filming of campaign ads, and a group photo. Nice casual for possible tour.

If you are concerned about not having clothing that fits the dress code or event standards, thrift stores or discount racks are an excellent place to find them. If you have any questions, please call the SSI office at (517) 321-6233.

Food Allergies

If we are made aware of dietary needs, we will be sure to provide alternate foods when meals are served that a student cannot eat; 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 Cleary University 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 have been made aware of a participant’s allergies and special needs requests at least three weeks prior to the start of the program.

Learning Impairments and Mental Health

It is important that we are aware of any learning impairments or mental health concerns beforehand so that we can properly prepare to work with your child. You should have included with the Health Information and Medical Release form information about any impairments or mental health concerns your child has. We will contact you for more information so that we can plan for the support necessary for your child and ensure a positive experience. SSI will do what it can within reason to accommodate students with learning impairments or mental health concerns.

Additional Expectations

  • Nametags shall be worn facing out at all times when outside dorm rooms.
  • No food, candy, beverages, gum, etc. will be permitted in the Capitol Building or courtrooms.
  • Guests and observers at the Capitol and courtrooms are restricted to lobbies and visitor galleries. Only LEAD participants, staff, 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.