I recently had an opportunity to interview Mike Farris, president of Patrick Henry College (PHC) and executive producer of the HomeSchool Channel, about the upcoming 2002 Teen Leadership Camps sponsored by PHC. These are weeklong camps designed for teens (ages 14-18) who are exploring how they can become leaders who will make a difference in our nation and culture. More than 400 students came to four different weeks of camp during the summer of 2001. The 2002 camps will cover topics ranging from Constitutional Law and American history to journalism and debate.


Question: Mike, what inspired you and Patrick Henry College to institute the Teen Leadership Camps?


Mike: We have several goals for the Teen Leadership Camps at PHC.  But they all boil down to the same goals we have for the college - we want to inspire and train young people to lead our nation and shape our culture.


The teen camps, by nature, are a shorter version of our programs at PHC, but they are designed to give teens an opportunity to see how they can impact the future of the country in a particular field.  The camps are a good stand-alone educational opportunity, but they can be much more. Lives are changed when vision is communicated effectively.


Question: What do you hope to accomplish through the Leadership Camps? 


Mike: We hope to communicate not only our vision, but also the importance of getting things accomplished.  People who have vision without effective action often end up being nothing more than big talkers.  The blend of vision and the need to work hard to get things done to advance the Christian worldview is the real goal of our teen camps.


We also want to give students who are thinking about PHC for their future an opportunity to be on the campus and to interact with some of our students (who are the camp counselors) and our professors (who teach many of the sessions).  There is no better way to "test drive" a college than to spend some time there.