A week-long summer leadership
experience that
empowers teens
to change their world.

…Not your typical summer camp
At LEAD, we believe the best time to start being a leader is now, and the best way to learn is to do it. That’s why we run authentic leadership simulations where high school students have the opportunity to experience the roles of community leaders first-hand, making decisions that would affect millions of people as a state legislator. Mix that in with engaging biblical worldview discussions, faith-building worship and chapel, a hearty dose of games and recreational activities, and awesome relationships built throughout the week, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what LEAD looks like.

What does LEAD stand for?
Learn to live out your faith in the real world.
Be Empowered to fulfill God’s purpose.
Act like a leader: learn by doing!
Discover & unlock your God-given potential.

LEAD is a week-long leadership experience in Des Moines, Iowa where teenagers find themselves in the middle of the action, role-playing as legislators and members of the media. These experiences are as real as it gets!

LEAD’s worldview speaker:

Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He connects with audiences in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a Biblical worldview. Sean is an Associate Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. read more >>

-check back to see other speakers once they are confirmed for LEAD ’21

House track:
Students role-play as state representatives, debating real bills from the Iowa Legislature. The simulation culminates with a session in the Iowa State Capitol Building. This track is open to all students. First year students are required to participate in the House track.

Senate track:
Returning students build on their experience in the House Track with this exciting Senate simulation. They can amend their bills, contribute to media coverage of the House, and help lead the House Floor Session. The Senate track is open to students who have completed the House track.

Media track:
Media students play a key role at camp as part of the LEAD News Network team, producing live newscasts and a daily newspaper. Students will gain both print and broadcast media experience through this challenging and rewarding track. The Media track is open to students who have completed the House track.

And while gaining invaluable experience, students engage in biblical worldview discussions, faith-building worship and chapel, a hearty dose of games and recreational activities and awesome relationships built throughout the week.

LEAD is an experience you won’t want to miss!

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please contact Dr. Nathan Oppman at [email protected] to learn more.

Facilitated by?
The leadership and team of The FAMiLY LEADER.

July 25th-30th, 2021


On the beautiful campus of Grandview University, 2811 E. 14th. St., Des Moines, Iowa map>>

Teens entering 9th grade to those who have just finished 12th grade

$595. Scholarships are available.

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The Family Leader's brochure for the LEAD student summer camp 2021

LEAD_2019-sm…a summer program by The FAMiLY LEADER  •  July 25th-30th, 2021 •  Des Moines, Iowa