Students encouraged to apply for leadership development, STEM summer camps


The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will accept applications from 2016, 2017, and 2018 high school graduates for “Camp 43: Leader of One, Leader of Many” now until April 29, 2016.

“Understanding the concepts of personal values, principle-based decision making, leadership, and planning for the future are critical for a young person’s success, both professionally and personally,” said Alan C. Lowe, director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. “I think we’ve done an excellent job this year filling Camp 43’s itinerary with wonderful, unique experiences for our students.”

Held June 15-17, 2016, 25 high school students will be accepted for the 3-day summer camp. There is no cost for the camp. Lunch and snacks are provided daily along with a formal dinner on June 17 to conclude the camp. All participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum each day.

“In addition to meeting with prominent business and political leaders to discuss issues, challenges, and strategies, the students take part in a decision-making scenario in the Library’s Situation Room,” said Education Specialist Sharon Brannon. “This is the actual, wood-paneled conference room used by President Bush and his Cabinet members in the White House. Participating in a simulation in which the students act like members of the Administration and collaborate to resolve a crisis is very useful in and of itself; but, having it take place in the actual historic room from the White House, adds authenticity and tremendous energy and excitement.”

Interested students should submit the application form (also available on the Library’s website), answers to three short essay questions, two professional letters of recommendation, and a resume to or by regular mail:

Education Specialist
ATTN:  Camp 43
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
2943 SMU Blvd., Room 294
Dallas, TX 75205

Completed and signed applications must be received by the close of business on April 29, 2016. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance or placement on a wait list and information about camp logistics via e-mail no later than May 13, 2016.

GEMS Camp Application

Meanwhile, the GEMS Camp—Girls interested in Engineering, Mathematics, and Science—is accepting applications from female students in grades 7–12.

The GEMS Camp Summer Experience is a free camp that takes place each Saturday, June-August, for six weeks from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at The University of North Texas at Dallas. It begins with an exciting orientation experience, celebrating girls for their acceptance into the program and acclimating them to camp expectations, resources, and staff. Girls end the summer experience with an exciting Graduation Ceremony & Community Exhibition.

The staff includes three instructors, a site director, and 12 college and high school volunteers. Thirty girls are accepted into the program (10 per grade level for rising 7-9), and are chosen through an competitive process. The application period for 2016 is April 1-April 31. 

Apply online here:


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