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Future Presidents of America Camp in Indianapolis


Do you have a budding future President? A young adult that is inspiring to run for student council? Maybe they  want to strive for greatness and be in Government or some other leader? Your child wants to make a difference, whether it is for the community, state, country or world. If this sounds like your child you may want to look into a Camp that is quickly becoming a recognized as a prestigious youth leadership camp in our area.

The Future Presidents of America Youth Leadership Camp is an exciting, fun and innovative one-week summer camp that builds individual confidence, civic literacy and good citizenship. This will be held in the renowned Benjamin Harrison Site, the camp first started in 2015 so this will be their second year of greatness.  They are currently still taking enrollments until they are full. The summer camp will have 20 students in all.

Sign your kid up now to ensure they get in! The Future Presidents of America camp will take place Monday, June 27 through Friday, July 1 (9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily) in Indianapolis and it is open to young leaders ages 12-16.The camp is located at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.


What will campers get to learn? First let me explain this is only during the day so your camper does go home with you every day and you drop them off.

  • Behind the Scenes
    Using the American presidency as a lens of understanding, participants will explore a panoramic view of issues relevant to all leaders across the ages. From the country’s heroic 18th century origins to the 23rd president and into the 21st century, participants will engage in an immersive history experience that includes special interactive sessions and up-close experiences with historic artifacts.

    Special opportunities include the chance to meet and engage with a diverse group of business and community leaders, joining the federal court’s summer naturalization ceremony and a visit to the president’s tomb at historic Crown Hill Cemetery, one of the largest and most celebrated private cemeteries in the country.

    Young leaders will also have the opportunity to share their voices in lively debates and thought provoking discussions on what it means to be a good citizen while simultaneously investigating the challenges and opportunities facing every president – yesterday, today and tomorrow.

    “Our Future Presidents of America youth leadership camp is an innovative and impactful program, giving young leaders an unparalleled perspective on our country’s leadership,” said Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site president and CEO Charles Hyde. “Being able to experience it at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site will be especially relevant and powerful as we move further into this historic presidential election year. It’s a unique opportunity in a nationally significant place.”

The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site celebrates the remarkable legacy of America’s Hoosier President. The museum is a national historic landmark. It is situated within easy walking distance of downtown Indianapolis and the bustling 16th Street corridor. The 1875 Italianate mansion is exquisitely restored, and has an exceptional collection of more than 10,000 artifacts. Daily tours of the property include a 75 minute guided tour through the Harrison house and private quarters.

Highlights include an awe-inspiring collection of Gilded Age finery, paintings, furniture and personal presidential gifts and mementos. The privately operated, non-profit organization receives no direct tax support. It is dedicated to sharing the life stories, arts and culture of an American President to increase public participation in the American system of self-government.

As I was asking questions I discovered that they will be taught a lot of history which is great for young minds. Oh and Before you ask, Yes, they will do the Pledge of Allegiance every day. No, your child does NOT have to have a strong military background.

Cost: $375-$400. They are working towards getting scholarships for future camp goers.

  • MONDAY (June 27): Confidence & Qualifications
  • TUESDAY (June 28): Duty, Honor & Sacrifice
  • WEDNESDAY (June 29): Poise & Policy
  • THURSDAY (June 30): Communitas & Civitas
  • FRIDAY (July 1): E Pluribus Unum  

The application isn’t hard, three questions for your enthusiastic future leader to answer and a few informational items. Does your child know what they would do if they were president? Who their favorite president is and why? Finally, what is the most important trait of being a leader. They are not graded by these questions, these will be used to inspire them.

This fun and innovative camp for youth builds individual confidence, civic literacy and good citizenship before they leave. Watch them during this one week as they grow excited about history and leadership. Imagine what their futures will hold. Want to sign your child up, head on over and fill out the submission form. Do you think this is something your young leader would like?

IMG credit: Benjamin Harrison Site

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UPDATE: Isabella had a great time this past summer when she attended the Future Presidents of America Camp. She says she learned a lot about history, the constitution, the first ten amendments, leader and what it takes to be a President. Every day she came home bursting with energy and ready to tell me what she learned that day. In the future she is now debating on politics or to be a campaign manager. Thank you to the staff for always keeping her interested.

Disclosure: Isabella (aka, BabyGirl) will be attending this camp so I will definitely let you all know more about it. She’s so excited and can’t stop telling me about President Harrison or Teddy (her favorite). 

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