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What to Expect

Packing and Prepping
Wondering what you signed up for? Here's what to expect.

Students and parents typically ask...
  • Where will the seminar be held? The seminar will take place at Albion College. Access maps and directions.
  • When will the seminar be held? Seminar participants may register any time after 8:00 a.m. but before 9:30 am. The seminar will begin with Ambassador Orientation at 10:00 am and conclude with Closing Ceremonies on Sunday at 2:30 pm. You must be present for the entire seminar, including overnight. 
  • Where should I go when I arrive? Both Albion exits from I-94 will take you to Michigan Avenue. Turn into campus onto Hannah Street, then turn left on Porter Street. There will be a parking lot immediately on your left. The back of Whitehouse Hall will be to the left of the parking lot. Registration will be in the basement lounge. A HOBY volunteer committee member will greet you and check you in.
  • What kind of program is planned? During your HOBY Leadership Seminar, many dynamic leaders—all volunteers from the fields of business, education, government, and other professions—will address aspects of our changing world and the challenges future leaders will confront. The program will not promote any specific political party, religion, or way of thinking; but is designed to develop critical thinking skills by actively involving participants in discussions and informal debate. During the seminar, you will be asked to undertake a community service project(s) involving at least 100 hours during the year following your seminar, to make a difference in your school, community, place of worship, or other environment where you see a need. The program also includes outstanding speakers, leadership activities, social events, and a special closing ceremony to which your parents are invited.
  • What are accommodations like? Participants will be assigned to Whitehouse Hall rooms with two participants per room in suites and on floors reserved exclusively for the seminar. Blankets, pillows, toiletresse and towels will not be provided, so be sure to bring your own. (Read our suggested packing list.) Everyone will receive nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. The first meal to be provided on Friday is lunch, so make sure to eat breakfast before arriving. All dietary restrictions you inform us in advance will be accommodated.
  • What if I need to take medication? Please provide information about your medication on the Medical History Records Form and bring the Physician Medication Verification Form with you to the seminar. Make sure to read and comply with the Policy for Use of Medication During a HOBY Event.
  • If necessary, how may I be contact my family during the seminar? Parents, friends, and family members are discouraged from calling students during the seminar due to the disruption caused to panels and activities. In case of emergency, your parent(s) or guardian may call us at (734) 707-1229. The seminar will be chaperoned by trained, background checked adults who will be staying at the facility 24 hours a day.
  • Who pays for the seminar? In most cases, your school or parent has paid a registration fee and will provide transportation to and from the seminar. All costs for meals, lodging and training materials have been generously provided by sponsors throughout our state, including businesses, foundations, individuals, and service organizations wishing to support leadership education.
  • What should I wear? Dress is casual throughout the weekend. Sunday is “dress-up.” You will be provided a HOBY t-shirt and there will be an announcement as to when you will wear the t-shirt during the weekend.
  • Will religious services be offered? Services will not be available for students.
  • What transportation arrangements have been made? You are responsible for your transportation to and from the seminar.
  • What if I am unable to attend? If circumstances arise that prevent you from attending the entire seminar, including overnight, we would like to give another student the opportunity to attend. 
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