Since there isn't much information on Leadership on the Lawn (From now on, I will refer to it as LOL), I figured I'd post a review of my week there.
Accommodations: LOL campers stayed at Page House, which is in the McCormick Road Residential Area. The dorms were not air conditioned, and on move in day, they were easily 100+ degrees. Make sure to bring a lot of fans. At LEAST 3 per room or you will not sleep that week. The quad outside was pretty nice, and they are in a pretty good area in the middle of campus.
Speakers: There were several speakers throughout the week. Some were absolutely fantastic, others I did not enjoy as much. There were 2 standouts on the bottom, and 2 or 3 speakers that I really learned from. Speakers talked about public speaking, the MBIT, ethics, leadership and college admissions, and various other topics.
Activities: When not listening to a speaker, LOL staff planned out many activities. I will break them down into day events and the daily nightly events (these were fun). On Wednesday, we did service at a local farm (part for profit, part nonprofit) picking potatoes for 3.5 hours. Daily activities included playing the game Cross the Line, taking the MBIT test, a tour around UVA grounds, and a little free time each day. During free time, we were allowed to stay near the dorms, and that was it. Unless we had a counselor, choices included sleeping, relaxing in the dorms, or playing soccer/football/catch/walking around/whatever outside.
Each night, LOL campers had a big nightly event. On Monday, it was a scavenger hunt around UVA (fun!). Tuesday's activity was field day (volleyball, football, soccer, frisbee, lots of fun!). Wednesday featured a trip to Arch's frozen yogurt and hot tub/pool movie night, which was easily the highlight (socially) of the camp. Thursday was a talent show, dance party, and Smores night, which was also fun.
Counselors: My counselor was phenomenal. She put up with pretty much anything us high schoolers thew at her. She was always positive and just a joy to spend a week with.
Food: Most meals were at Runk Dining Hall, which was about a 20 minute walk from the dorm (far!). The meals were below average, and most did not like the food. On some nights, meals were catered from places like Panera, a Chinese place, a fried chicken place, and a pork place, which were all pretty good.
Overall, I really enjoyed the camp. I thought it was a great learning experience, and I would recommend everybody that's interested to apply. Makes me want to pay OOS tuition to UVA lol.
Wahoo Wah! Leadership on the Lawn