What Is Camp Lincoln?
Camp Lincoln is an annual youth leadership camp dedicated to teaching teens between the ages 14 and 18 about leadership, history, and the political process.
At the beginning of camp, campers are divided into two political parties, the Federalists and the Nationalists. The parties hold meetings and elect a chairman, treasurer, and party whip. Activities are held daily and the parties compete for points awarded by the Great Wazoo.
Each night, the parties gather in the spirit circle singing songs, performing skits, and competing in silly challenges. At the end of Spirit Circle, the spirit stick is awarded to the party that showed the most spirit during the daily activities.
Classes are held daily on subjects such as History, Law, Ethics, Politics, Leadership, and Government. A mock model congress is convened where each camper is a delegate representing their respective county. Bills are introduced, debated, and voted on throughout the week.
Midway through the week, a primary election is held to nominate each party's candidate for camp president and vice president. The parties earn 'Camp Lincoln money' from the counselors throughout the week that they may use to purchase campaign supplies from the camp store.
The campers work together to paint campaign signs and banners that are posted around the camp and waved at the rallies at the spirit circle. On Friday, a convention is held to elect the camp president and vice president.
Who Can Attend?
Camp Lincoln is open to young leaders age 14-18 regardless of race, sex, or handicap.
Where Is It?
Camp Lincoln is held at Camp Caesar in Cowen, West Virginia. For more information on Camp Caesar, click here.
When Is It?
Camp Lincoln traditionally beings the second Sunday in July with registration from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Camp adjourns on the following Saturday at 11:00 am.
What Does It Cost?
The cost to attend Camp Lincoln is $250 for the week and is all inclusive. If you cannot afford the cost but still want to attend, contact us to find out more about how to find a sponsor!