During his morning briefing, April 2, 2003, President George W. Bush reviews the progress of the war with members of the War Council. (P28531-23A)
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Successful 2016 Camp 43

24 High School Students Complete Bush Library’s Camp 43

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum hosted 24 ambitious and motivated students from high schools across Dallas-Fort Worth at its third annual “Camp 43: Leader of One, Leader of Many” from June 15-17, 2016.

“Camp 43 was originally created to give students the opportunity to learn more about themselves and their leadership qualities,” said Education Specialist Sharon Brannon. “The skills they learned from this camp are skills they can use into both their personal and professional lives.”

Camp 43 High School Students - 2016

An annual, three-day summer camp at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Camp 43 is specifically tailored for 2016, 2017, and 2018 high school graduates.

Camp 43 is a three-day summer camp specifically tailored for 2016, 2017, and 2018 high school graduates. Each day focused on a different topic related to leadership. By carefully selecting energetic and driven students, this unique training pressed students discover their own leadership qualities while learning about the principles that guided President George W. Bush during his presidency.

Conceived three years ago by Bush Library education docents with the goal of fostering America’s next generation of leaders, the camp is led by those docents in conjunction with the Library’s education staff, and conducted with generous support from the George W. Bush Foundation.

“It was so beneficial to be in a room with like-minded students. We definitely fed off each other’s excitement and experiences,” said Lauren Mora, a 2017 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas. “The guest speakers and their accomplishments were amazing. Hearing their real-world advice, and learning about their challenges and how they fought to overcome them will absolutely help me when I enter the workforce.”

Camp 43 helps young people realize their full potential as leaders through a series of engaging speakers, personality tests, and team activities. Students also participated in a decision-making scenario in the actual, wood-paneled White House Situation Room used by President Bush and his Cabinet members during his Administration.

“One very exciting part of Camp 43 was a simulation in which the students act like members of the President’s Administration and collaborate to resolve a crisis,” said Brannon. “The exercise was 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 enthusiasm.”

For information about Camp 43 and other educational programs at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, click here.

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