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Q: How do students apply to the program and is there a tuition fee?
A: Students register online at between January 13, 2020 and April 30, 2020. Tuition for Day Camp is $625, which includes a non-refundable deposit of $125. Tuition for Residential Camp is $1,950, which includes a non-refundable deposit of $350. For the summer 2020 program, tuition must be paid in full before the session start date, otherwise the spot will be forfeited.

Q: Who is eligible to attend the Student Leadership Program?
A: The program is open to all high school students who are incoming 9th– 12thgraders in the Fall of 2020.

Q: What are the deadlines to apply to the program?
A: The EARLY REGISTRATION deadline is February 15, 2020.  Students who apply by this deadline will have tuition cost lowered to $575 for Day Camp and $1,800 for Residential Camp.  The FINAL REGISTRATION deadline is April 30, 2020.

Q: Can out-of-state students apply?
A: Yes! Our new Residential Program is opened to all students, including out-state students. Housing will be provided at California Lutheran University, located in Thousand Oaks, CA and 10 minutes away from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. Transportation will be provided to all events of the program. If you wish to apply to a Day Camp week, you will be responsible for finding lodging and transportation to and from the program.

Q: Can students participate in more than one session? Can they apply again if they are a past participant?
A: Students can only participate in one program session per summer, and the program is only open to first time participants only.  Students who have previously registered but were not able to attend the program are encouraged to register again.

Q: Can you accommodate students with special needs?
A: We can accommodate students with special needs; however, we encourage parents to call our offices in order to ensure the best learning environment possible.

Q: I have a hard time motivating my child. Is this program for them?
A: This program is designed to help students realize their leadership potential. We will work with them and encourage them to feel motivated to create a change in their communities. All students are welcomed to register. 

Q: Where will the program sessions be held?
A: The program is held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, located in Simi Valley, CA. Residential Camp participants will be housed at California Lutheran University, located in Thousand Oaks, CA and 10 minutes away from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.

Q: Is transportation provided?
A: Students are responsible for their own transportation. 

Q: Do students need to bring a lunch or snacks?
A: Lunch and snacks will be provided for Day Camp participants. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks will be provided for Residential Camp participants.
**Please note, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation cannot guarantee an allergen-free environment.  In some cases, the student may be responsible for bringing their own meal**

Q: Who will oversee the students during the camp?
A: Our Reagan Education staff will be onsite from the beginning of the program to the end. We have a staff to participant ratio of 1:5, meaning that we have enough staff to attentively take care of all student participants. Our staff includes university student facilitators, educators, the Student Leadership Program Coordinator, the Administrative Coordinator, and the Associate Director of Learning and Engagement.

Q: If my student is traveling to Los Angeles by air, do I need to accompany them?
A: Transportation to either the Day Camp or Residential site is the responsibility of either the parent or student. No airport transportation will be provided by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. If you would like to accompany your child, we are happy to provide recommendations of nearby hotel accommodations. The activities of the program are meant for student participants only. We will have a graduation ceremony on the last day of the program that all parents are welcomed to attend.

Q: If I live in the area, do I have to stay on site, or can I come and go during residential camp?
A: Students must remain on site for the duration of the program. Our program starts early and ends late, plus there is a special camaraderie and bonding shared by getting to know other students, your roommate, and staying in a dorm-like atmosphere.

Q: What materials do students need to bring?
A: All necessary materials for the program are provided for students. For Residential Camp, a suggested packing list will be provided.

Q: Are parents allowed to stay at the museum during their child’s session?
A: Parents/guardians/selected adult may not accompany their child during the program; however, they may purchase an admission ticket and tour the museum on their own.  Museum hours are from 10:00AM to 5:00PM daily.

Q: Will students need access to a computer and/or the internet at home?
A: Access to a computer and/or the internet is highly recommended. However, if access is not feasible, we can accommodate those students. Additionally, students enrolled in the program should have their own email address.  Please provide a personal, not a school, email address.

Q: What does a typical day look like?
A: The program’s objective is for students to identify a problem in their school or community and create an extensive plan for addressing that problem. Through various activities, lessons, reflection questions, self-assessments, and case studies, students will learn how to develop their ideas to create a plan of attack to address an issue in their communities and be part of a unique leadership experience.

Q: Is there a dress code?
A: Yes. Students are required to dress “business casual” during the program. We define “business casual” as comfortable, professional clothing. They should “Dress for Success!” Temperature in the museum can fluctuate so we suggest light layers. For Residential Camp, a suggested packing list will be provided.

Q: What if students have a prior commitment for one or more of the session days?
A: Students into the program must attend all days of the program.

Q: The session I want to attend says “waitlisted” How does the Waitlist work?
A: We have a limited amount of spaces in each session to ensure that we provide the best experience possible for each student. Once a session is full, students are given the opportunity to join a waitlist. Each year, there is a small number of students who may cancel prior to the start of their session. If a student cancels, we will offer a space to a waitlisted student. Once offered, students will have 24 hours to claim their space before it is offered to the next student in the waitlist. While there is the possibility of cancellations, we cannot guarantee a space will become available. It is not necessary to contact our office regarding your status on the Waitlist. If a space becomes available, we will contact you immediately. We highly recommend that students able to attend another session date that is open enroll in the open session to ensure their participation in the program.

Q: What is your refund policy?
A: All cancellations must be submitted in writing (email is acceptable).

If cancelled…


Before April 1, 2020

Full refund, minus deposit

Before April 30, 2020

Half refund, minus deposit

After May 1, 2020

No refund