Expect Challenge. Achieve Distinction.

For high school students grades nine through 12

Registration fee (nonrefundable): $100 due at registration.

Jan. 28 to Jan. 30, 2022 (Registration Closes on Jan. 14, 2022)

March 25 to March 27, 2022 (Registration Closes on March 11, 2022)

Each session is capped at 40 participants. There is a minimum of 5 participants required prior to registration closes for each camp. If the minimum participation requirement is not met, the weekend will be canceled the following day of when registration closed. A full deposit refund will be issued in that case.

Youth Leadership Conference is a nationally recognized, Military Order of the World Wars-sponsored program for high school students aimed at high school-age students in grades nine through 12 who are interested in advancing leadership skills through an intense development program. Participants will develop leadership skills and learn about teamwork and surmounting communication barriers. Participants will also learn about senior military college life and will be encouraged to explore applying for ROTC scholarships.

Essay Contest

Students submit an essay of 500 words or less titled: “The Bill of Rights and My Responsibilities,” describing what this means to them as a United States citizen. Applications can be accepted at any time with or without the essay, but the essay must be received two weeks before (Jan. 14, 2022, or March 11, 2022, depending on the registration selected) to the program start date. After registration, you will receive follow-on emails instructing you how to submit your résumé.

The Military Order of the World Wars annually selects winners of the national Youth Leadership Conference essay competition from among the top Youth Leadership Conference graduates and presents the Phoenician Award and cash prizes to the national winner, first runner-up and second runner-up.

Activities may include climbing wall training and leadership reaction; lessons will cover the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, free enterprise and personal finance.


  1. High school students in the grades of nine through 12
  2. The Bill of Rights and My Responsibilities essay

If you have questions or need more information, please call 1 (802) 485-2712 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • “I learned how to speak in a room full of people more confidentially. I learned a lot about my future. I enjoyed meeting new people and stepping out of my comfort zone.”
    Lilly Kinney
  • “My experience was extremely fun, educational and eye-opening. This experience shows me how much I want to go here. I love how devoted the cadets are to this school.”
    Luke Boland
  • “It is a great way to learn more about our government and how it is run while simultaneously making new friends along the way. You also learn a lot about yourself and how to take certain paths to get to your end goal when it comes to leadership, careers, and college.”
    YLC Participant
  • "I can apply what I learned to my leadership positions in my JROTC unit as well as use the helpful information on college applications this summer."
    YLC Participant
  • 1
  • 2

Norwich University admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Norwich University collects personal data about visitors to our website in order to improve the user experience and provide visitors with personalized information about our programs and services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you accept the information policies and practices outlined in our Privacy Policy.