Washington Summer Youth Experience
Academic overnight camps for middle schoolers located at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA

The Leadership Institute

  • July 2019
  • Rising 7th to 9th Grade
  • $1295
Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute is a character-driven learning experience that further develops students’ leadership skills and values. Through conversations with current leaders in politics, the military, education, business and law, students will explore their personal values and ethics to learn how to be leaders with a positive impact in their own communities.

Program Details

  • Classroom instruction to learn and apply leadership concepts
  • Field trips offsite around the nation’s capital to meet with current leaders and give students a real-world connection to leadership
  • Experience one of the nation’s most prestigious and state-of-the-art boarding schools
  • Social events and activities to enhance the overnight camp experience
  • Daily Field Trips Include: U.S. Capitol Building, World Bank, service trips (tentative)

Sample Activities

  • Visit historic Washington, D.C. landmarks and memorials
  • Meet with local politicians on Capitol Hill
  • Discuss leadership principals with a panel of Episcopal High School alumni
  • Navigate Hemlock Overlook’s rope and zipline adventure course

Meet the Faculty

Ben Courchesne

Joseph Eldred

English, Associate Dean of Students

Joe is a retired U.S. Navy captain who recently completed more than 26 years on active duty as both a line officer and a member of the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. His naval service took him all over the world, including assignments on an aircraft carrier and a destroyer. His final job on active duty was at the Pentagon in the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs. Throughout his Navy career, but especially as a senior officer, Joe’s favorite part of every tour of duty was teaching, mentoring, and leading young junior officers and enlisted sailors.

At EHS, Joe teaches social studies, coaches cross country and cross-training, and serves on the Evans Dorm team. He lives in Alexandria with his wife, Carolyn.

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Learn More