Frequently Asked Questions
faq1. What is camp like?

Leadership Camp is a very interactive and FUN 2 ½ days. Participants are put into groups of 10-15 and spend a significant portion of their time with this small group.  Each group has 2 facilitators who are CMU juniors and seniors. Most of Camp is activity-based with many of the activities taking place in the small group with others taking place with the entire camp.

2. What is the difference between Leadership Camp and Leadership Safari?

Camp and Safari are based on two different models and have very different "feels" to them. Leadership Camp exposes students to the Social Change Model of Leadership Development and allows them to apply the model to their own lives. Camp will enhance participants' understanding of themselves as individuals and how they contribute to a more effective group that works on behalf of society. Camp also helps participants develop connections with other new students and some CMU student leaders as well as gets them familiar with campus. Around 150 students attend each session of Leadership Camp.

Leadership Safari is framed around CHARACTER COUNTS! There are major speakers and small-group activities that expose students to The Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.  Safari hosts almost 2000 new students and familiarizes students with campus and campus resources in addition to the activities and presentations they attend, including great social events.  Because of the differences, students are encouraged to attend both programs if their schedules allow. They won't regret it!

 3. Can I bring a car?

Participants are permitted to bring cars to campus during Camp. Parking is conveniently located near the residence hall where almost all of Camp takes place, and no permit is required. Participants are restricted from driving their vehicles until Camp is completed.

4. What will I gain from Camp that will make me different from other students?

Participants gain a significant ´heads up´ on campus life. Participants begin making strong friendships that often last through their freshman year and beyond. They also gain insight on what it takes to be successful student leaders on CMU´s campus.

5. I was involved a little in high school but really want to start fresh in college. Will I fit in?

YES! The foundation of Leadership Camp is that each person is a leader and has something to offer. It´s not just the president of the club who is a leader but every member who contributes and is willing to make a difference.

6. I´ve applied for the Leadership Advancement Scholarship. Do I have to attend Camp in order to be eligible for the scholarship?

No. Leadership Camp and the Leadership Advancement Scholarships are two different leadership opportunities and run by independent offices. Whether you end up receiving a scholarship or not, you will benefit from participating in Camp.

7. When do I pay my conference fee?  Can I cancel if something comes up?

The conference fee is due and payable upon registration. Registration is not completely processed until payment is received. Requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing and received by Leadership Camp prior to May 11, 2015, in order to receive a refund. Cancellation requests may be e-mailed to Leadership Camp at or faxed to (989)-774-2541. There will be no penalty if the student is unable to attend the conference and notifies the Leadership Camp office prior to the cancellation deadline (5/11/15). Refunds will generally be issued within ten (10) days following review of the request.  Any questions or concerns regarding payment can be directed to the Office of Residence Life at (989) 774-6601.  

8. Besides attending Leadership Camp and other programs, what else can I do to enhance my understanding of leadership principles?

Central Michigan University was the first public institution in Michigan to offer a minor in leadership. The minor focuses on providing in-depth instruction on desired qualities of leaders, and on the application of such qualities. The minor will provide students with the courses and experiences necessary to serve as leaders in their community and professions. For more information, type "leadership minor" in the search bar.​​

9. Can I attend camp twice?​

 If you attended Leadership Camp at the end of your junior year of high school and are going to be part of the incoming freshman class at CMU after you graduate from high school, then yes! We offer a Leadership Camp 2.0 experience for our retu​rning junior participants, an opportunity to dig deeper into the Social Change Model and how to use it most effectively. Participants will be guided through different activities for a more extensive experience. Up to fifteen participants per camp date ​can be in our LCamp2.0 group; registration opens in February and continues until​ all spaces are filled​.