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Leaders of the future: 24 high school students complete Bush Library's Camp43
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Jul 27, 2017
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Summer camp helps young people realize their full potential as leaders through a series of engaging speakers, personality tests, and unique team activities.

DALLAS (July 6, 2017) – Last month, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum hosted 24 ambitious and motivated students from high schools across Dallas-Fort Worth at its fourth annual “Camp43: Leader of One, Leader of Many.” 

“Understanding the concepts of personal values, principle-based decision making, leadership, and planning for the future are critical for a young person’s success, both professionally and personally,” said Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente, director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. “It was great fun to watch these students actively engaged in lessons and discussions, and then experience that lightbulb moment.”

Camp43 is a three-day summer camp specifically tailored for 2017, 2018, and 2019 high school graduates. Each day focuses on a different topic related to leadership. By carefully selecting energetic and driven students, this unique training opportunity presses students to discover their own leadership qualities while learning about the principles that guided George W. Bush during his presidency.

Conceived four years ago by Bush Library education docents with the goal of fostering America’s next generation of leaders, Camp43 is led by those docents in conjunction with the Library’s Education Program staff, and conducted with generous support from the George W. Bush Foundation.

"These past few days at Camp43 have been so much more than I expected. I have learned so much about what kind of leader I aspire to be. I am looking forward to using the skills, values, and principles I learned here,” said Henry Christopher, a junior from St. George's Independent School in Germantown, Tenn. “This was an opportunity of a lifetime and I am glad I was able to experience this leadership camp."

Camp43 helps young people realize their full potential as leaders through a series of engaging speakers, personality tests, and team activities. Students also participated in “The Situation Room Experience,” a decision-making crisis 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 Camp43 was a simulation in which the students take on the roles of members of the President’s Administration and collaborate to resolve a crisis,” said Education Specialist Sharon 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.”

“Although I was excited to be accepted to Camp43, I really did not know what to expect. I am so glad I came,” said Dakota Johnson, a junior from Rowlett High School in Garland, Texas. “I have met new friends from different parts of Texas and around the country. I have truly learned so much from all of the Camp 43 mentors, the speakers, and presenters. I really understand the leadership principles and values being taught. I can honestly say it all makes sense. I see some of the areas I need to work and I am ready to make those changes."

For more information about Camp43, The Situation Room Experience, and other educational programs at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, visit