Air Force Teen Leadership Summits

The Air Force Reserve/Air National Guard Teen Leadership Summit is a week-long camp for 14-18 year old dependent teens of current or retiree Air Force Total Force military members. Teens will focus on leadership development and self-confidence, learn about programs and services available to AF dependents, and build an appreciation for and sense of belonging to the AF community.

At Summits, leadership classes will be taught throughout the week and teens will learn about the mission of the Air Force. Summits also include military traditions, community service projects, musical performances, and environmental education classes.

Beach Summit

Camp Jekyll
Jekyll Island, GA
July 7-12, 2019

Teen Leadership Summit Beach is a great way to enjoy the beaches of Georgia all while learning leadership skills. This is a brand new camp! Camp options will include beach time, beach ecology, team competitions, marsh ecology, leadership classes, free time, and so much more!

Classic Summit

Wahsega 4-H Center
Dahlonega, GA
July 20-26, 2019

Nestled in a valley of the Chattahoochee National Forest, Wahsega 4-H Center hosts the Classic Teen Leadership Summit. High adventure activities such as high ropes, zip line canopy tour, white-water rafting, hiking, fishing, archery, survival classes, and more.

Adventure Summit

Cheley Colorado Camps
Estes Park, CO
August 4-10, 2019

Bordering Rocky Mountain National Park, Cheley Colorado Camps is a family owned and operated summer camp. Daily adventures include hiking, intense mountain biking, horseback riding, horse colt training, arts & crafts, woodworking, technical climbing, and archery.

Eligibility

To be eligible to attend an AFR/ANG Teen Leadership Summit you must:

  • Priority goes to first time Teen Summit participants and current Total Force teen dependents
  • Be 14-18 years old.  Teens of retirees are eligible.  Teens of extended family members are not eligible.
  • Be physically/mentally capable and willing to participate in all camp activities.
  • Attest that all information is truthful and accurate. Parent/legal guardian must agree.
  • Fill out the application form completely. Essays must be written by the teen…not the parent!
  • Fill out all required forms (4-H Code of Conduct, Transportation Agreement, 4-H Medical Information, and Adventure Waivers) upon acceptance.

Camp Costs

Parents will be responsible for:

  • Getting their teen to/from the airport
  • All baggage fees
  • Spending money for snacks or souvenirs
  • Meals during airline travel

Everything else – including airfare, transportation and all meals while at the Summit, camp registration fees, and lodging are paid by the Air Force through a partnership with the University of Georgia / Georgia 4-H.

Teen Application Instructions

  1. Go to the Georgia 4-H Camp & Event Registration Site
  2. Create a user account — the account creation procedure is a 3 part process:
    1. Select ’Create Account for Parent’ from the left hand menu and fill out the form. You will receive an email with an account activation code.
    2. Click the link included in the email and paste the code into the form.
    3. Enter your preferred password
  3. Select the appropriate event.
  4. Be sure to click the insert link on the left hand menu to get to the application form.
  5. Also, note that more than one participant can apply using the same account.

Volunteer Applications

Applications for 2019 Teen Leadership Summit Adult Leaders are now open!

Volunteers at youth activities could find themselves assisting with registration, setting up snacks, refreshing craft supplies, or even leading an activity about a topic of their interest at a youth event. This area also includes serving as an Adult Leader for one of our summer camps. A general call for volunteers will be sent out when there is a need for any youth event. Sign up for our Mailing List to receive event and camp volunteer opportunity updates in the future.

Interested adults (ages 21+) should complete the following form with a wet or digital signature. Forms can be submitted with Adobe Reader, scanned & e-mailed to milcamps@uga.edu, or FAXED to 706-542-4373. All adult leaders will be subject to a background check.

The 2019 Application Can Be Found Here

Requirements:

  • Adult volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Priority is given to applicants over 21.
  • All Volunteers must complete the 2019 Military Camps Volunteer Application
  • All Volunteers must complete a Volunteer Agreement
  • Volunteers working with youth must complete a Screening Application, supply 3 non-related references, pass a background check, and complete the online training, Georgia 4-H: Working with Youth & Managing Risk.
  • Volunteer drivers must pass a Motor Vehicle screening (included in volunteer application).

To best protect volunteer’s sensitive information UGA requires volunteers to personally enter their sensitive information into a secured system. With this system, volunteer applicants will receive an email from SterlingONE and/or HR TruCheck providing instructions on accessing a secured portal to enter their information. Requested information will include volunteers Social Security number and driver’s license. The applicant will authorize their consent of background investigation online when providing personal information. UGA HR will continue to approve the background investigation once the investigation is completed and a UGA Military Staff person will inform volunteers when further training or information is needed. If you have questions throughout the process, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

 

Please Note: If using a digital signature to complete the UGA Application for Screening, all form fields must be completed before placing your signature. Any changes made after signing will not be saved.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Teens

Q. Can I talk to teens that have been to a Summit before?
A. Yes, go to Facebook, search AFR/ANG Teen Summit. Check out tons of pictures and talk to previous AF campers.

Q. Who should write my essay?
A. YOU!! Not your parent…

Q. How many teens will be competing for a slot?
A. In 2015, we received over 1,000 applications for 320 slots. Give your best effort!

Q. How will I hear if I’m accepted?
A. You and your parent will receive an email after 15 May with a confirmation of acceptance, waiting list status, or decline notice.

Parents

Q. How are selections made?
A. A selection committee will be established consisting of AFR and ANG staff to review and rank the applications based on the following factors:

  • Geographic location
    • One goal of the teen summit is to encourage representation from all 50 states. Multiple attendees from the same state will be minimized whenever possible.
  • Gender
    • Equal representation of males and females is ideal. A disproportionate number of either gender may not be possible due to lodging accommodations.
  • Age
    • It is important to get representation of both younger and older teens to ensure all issues are captured and addressed. A variety of ages also contributes to the success of the activities and classes provided.
  • Sponsor
    • Representation from dependents of all ranks of enlisted Airmen and officers ensures a variety of experiences and view points are brought to the Summit.
  • Branch of Service
    • All efforts will be made to ensure both Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard dependents have equal opportunity to attend a Teen Summit.
  • Essay
    • Each application must contain two short answer essay questions to be written by the applicant.
    • The following factors will be considered when reviewing essays
      • Moral Character
      • Commitment to Service
      • Personal Responsibility
      • Originality.
    • The essays must be completed for consideration to attend any Teen Summit.
  • First-time applicants receive top priority.

Q. How will I know if my teen is accepted?
A. The teen and parent will receive an email no later than 1 June 17 with a confirmation of acceptance, waiting list status, or decline notice. This date may have some flexibility but a notification will be sent out by 1 June 17 designating the new date.

Q. What happens once my teen is accepted?
A. The following forms are due immediately: Code of Conduct, Transportation Agreement, Medical Information, and Adventure Waivers. These forms will confirm teens acceptance and airline tickets will be purchased.

Q. How is my teen’s airline reservation purchased?
A. Airline tickets will be purchased by AFR staff and e-tickets will be emailed to the teen and parent. Once teen attendance has been confirmed and travel arrangements made, parents will be responsible to the University of Georgia / Georgia 4-H Foundation for changes to airline tickets and/or cancellations.

Q. Do you have a waiting list?
A. Yes, once available slots are filled a waiting list is created based on the rankings of applications. Any declined camp slot will be filled starting at the top of the waiting list and working down until the established cutoff date. This will allow for sufficient time for securing travel arrangements and completing all forms.

Q. What does my teen need to bring to camp?
A. We will send a list of suggested items to bring to camp from clothing and shoes to personal hygiene and linens along with confirmation of acceptance.

Q. What should my teen not bring to camp?
A. Alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, fireworks, any kind of weapon

Q. Who can I talk to for more information?
A. For more information, please contact Casey Mull or a Military Programs Assistant at 706-542-4444 or by emailing milcamps@uga.edu. Note that email is often the quickest way for a reply.

Contact

Casey Mull
319 Hoke Smith Annex
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Phone:706-542-4444
Fax: 706-542-4373
milcamps@uga.edu