FAQ

is lead wisconsin happening in 2020?

Yes it is! Due to virus-related complications, we have moved our camp from Maranatha Baptist University to an engaging online platform. 

What if we have one computer but multiple teens?

Consider scheduling your campers for different weeks!

Or ask those you know about borrowing a laptop or tablet for the week. 

If those aren’t options, please call our office and we will assist you to the best of our ability.  

Can I choose which week I attend?

Yes. You will not be assigned a week. You may attend whichever of the 3 weeks you like, as long as that week has not filled up.

Which tracks am i eligible for?

If this is your first time attending LEAD, you are only eligible for the House Track.
(This is our first year of LEAD WI, so most likely, you fall into this category)

If this is your second time attending LEAD, you are eligible for the Senate Track. 
(Or the LEAD Elite Track, provided you have finished 11th grade.)

If this is your third time attending LEAD, you are eligible for the LEAD Elite Track.

What's typical day in the House Track look like?

The House Track is for first-time campers.

In the House Track, first-time campers begin their experience by being sworn-in as members of the House of Representatives. Campers are challenged to think critically about current issues through role-playing as state lawmakers and discussing actual bills from the Michigan legislature (due to our partnership with LEAD MI).

Each participant is assigned to a committee and a caucus, and each caucus has one bill to support and one to oppose. Campers learn the process of how a bill becomes a law as well as the responsibilities of citizenship. 

Student legislators hear testimony from lobbyists during committee meetings, oftentimes chaired by real State Senators & Representatives! Campers can ask tough questions of the lobbyists and gain valuable information on their bill. 

LEAD climaxes when students assemble as a legislative body to debate and cast their votes on the issues considered throughout the week. Family members and friends are invited to watch it all from the gallery! 

Participating in the House track through LEAD Online will count as participating as a first-year student for LEAD. Students will then be eligible to participate in the Senate track (or an advanced track provided they have finished 11th grade).

Can I take multiple tracks?

Yes! 

For example, if you register for the House Track during Week 1, you may register for the Senate Track during Week 2!

(See “Which Tracks Am I Eligible For?” for a detailed outline.)

is lead wisconsin happening in 2021?

Yes it is! Mark your calendars, because (Lord willing!) LEAD WI will be at Maranatha Baptist University August 1-6 2021! 

At what age is my child eligible to attend?

In order to attend LEAD WI, your child must be 13-19 years old. As LEAD WI a high school program, your 13 year old must be entering 9th grade. Deciding which high school year to start sending your camper is up to the parent. While making this decision, we encourage you to consider the maturity level of your child and whether or not he/she can handle the rigorous schedule and challenging curriculum.

What is the average age of first-time campers?

First-time campers vary in ages from 13-19. Over the years of LEAD in other states, there has always been a good balance of older and younger participants.  First-time campers are split into committees and caucuses, and each group is purposely made up of campers of all ages, so no one group has any advantage over another during debates on Friday in the Capitol.

What if my child is reluctant or does not want to attend?

This is a common question because LEAD is very unique and the experience is very different than what most teens expect. As it turns out, the vast majority of parents who choose to send their children (in spite of objections) express amazement with the 180° shift they see in their child. They are glad they made the decision. Countless teens have said that LEAD is “…the best thing my parents ever made me do,” and “…the most fun I never thought I’d have.”