What will my child be doing at HOBY Vermont?

This year, thousands of high school students will attend HOBY programs. We will present multiple viewpoints on important issues and encourage you to think critically about leadership, in addition to identifying your own particular leadership strengths. The youth participants, referred to as “HOBY Ambassadors,” will enjoy experiential learning in the forms of:

  • Inspiration from keynote speakers
  • Interaction with community leaders from education, government, business, media and the non-profit sector
  • Participation in community service projects that impact the lives of those in need
  • Leadership games and activities helping you to develop skills in organization, communication, problem solving and goal setting
  • Lasting bonds with other HOBY participants based on shared values, goals and experiences
  • And FUN!!!

For a detailed 2016 Seminar FAQ, click here.

What should my child bring to HOBY Vermont?

  1. An open mind and a willingness to improve as a leader.
  2. Appropriate clothing for May in Vermont – During the 2013 seminar, Mother Nature went a little crazy and dropped the weather down into the 30s.  There was even measurable snowfall on Saturday night.  While it is usually very nice in Vermont in May, please bring a few layers in case of harsh weather.
    • Please bring a business casual outfit for Sunday’s closing ceremony
    • Bring appropriate clothes for our “School” Dance Friday night
    • It can get chilly during day in certain rooms, please bring sweatshirts
    • Wear comfortable clothes
    • Sneakers required (for times in gym)
    • Ambassadors will likely be working outside for a volunteer project, please bring: boots/sneakers(closed toe shoes), work gloves, and clothes that can get dirty.
  3. No Homework – Trust us, there will not be time for it.
  4. Electronic Devices/cell phones – In order to provide the best experience possible, HOBY Vermont does not allow personal electronic devices or cell phones unless ambassadors are in their dorm room.
  5. Linens & Toiletries –
    • Ambassadors will need all linens (or a sleeping bag) for a regular twin bed
    • Towel
    • Shower shoes
    • All necessary personal toiletries
  6. Props for skits
  7. A fan
  8. $$ for HOBY store


Ambassadors will not need…

  • An alarm clock, we’ll wake them up!
  • Watches
  • No sporting goods please, there will not be time for it.

Please arrive on Thursday between 9-10 (The earlier the better) at the Keenan Dorm – look for HOBY staff on campus for directions.

There will be Parents Program is at 12:45 on Sunday, and parents can arrive at 12:30. The parents program is in Judd gym.

What if I need to get in touch with my daughter or son during the seminar? 

Ambassadors are asked to leave their cell phones in their dorm room. This is to ensure that students are mentally and socially present for all of the events throughout the seminar. To ensure easy contact, our experienced staff is always available via cell phones and we can find your child right away. You were provided a phone number in your registration materials as an emergency contact if needed.

What should I expect when my child comes home from HOBY Vermont?

We call it the “HOBY Hangover” for lack of a better term. Your child will likely have made incredibly close friends and been given to opportunity to experience significant personal growth as a leader. It can be difficult to transition back into normal life.

Please, let your child use the phone, text, and get on Facebook or Twitter. This is a great way to keep their enthusiasm alive and will help them network with other leaders from around the state.

Your child will also have been challenged to complete 100 hours of community service within the next year. HOBY National will even track their hours and give prizes for individuals that meet this challenge.  Alumni can log their service hours here.