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Frequently Asked Questions

How old do I have to be to participate?

Middle school campers must be entering 6th grade fall of 2018. All high school campers, including those entering college fall of 2018 are welcome to attend. (Discounted price available for all high school students that are deposited to attend Olivet College the fall of 2018.)


Where is the Olivet College ATHENA International Girls’ Leadership Camp located?

The camp will take place on the beautiful and inclusive campus of Olivet College, located in south central Michigan, 30 miles southwest of Lansing. Olivet College is a place where each person feels included, supported and respected; where we build community and have fun together; and most importantly, where students want to be, live and learn.


What will housing be like?

All campers will stay in Dole Hall. During the academic year, Dole Hall includes student housing; year-round, it also houses the president’s office and the admissions, advancement and marketing departments. Camp Ment-HERS/counselors will be assigned to each floor. The living quarters are secured with limited access.

You will share a room with one or two girls your age. Rooms have bunk beds. Each floor also has a common bathroom and shower facility with stalls that allow for privacy.


How many Ment-HERS/residence hall counselors are there? What are the counselors like?

Our Ment-HER/counselor to camper ratio will not exceed 1:5, meaning that we will have one amazing and welcoming Olivet College female leader who will be a Ment-HER for no more than five of our campers. Olivet College’s Women’s Leadership Institute Director and Presidential Spouse will be overseeing all camp activities. In addition, several OC Women’s Leadership Institute Advisory Council members and OC alumnae will be there to lend their support and expertise.


What is the food like?

Meals are included and campers will have the thrill of eating in the Kirk Center, the Olivet College dining hall. Fresh, nutritious, healthy meals are prepared daily by Chef Ben and his team. The needs of every camper’s taste and any possible dietary restrictions will be met, whether you are vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free, etc. There will have an abundance of choices – you won’t go hungry!


What if I get sick during camp?

Your parent or guardian will be notified if you get sick while at camp.


What will the daily schedule be like?

We encourage you to visit the Agenda section of the website to see the full schedule of activities. Registration and check-in is from 3 to 5 p.m., Friday, June 15. Camp concludes on Sunday, June 17 at 11:45 a.m.


Will I be able to bring my cell phone?

You should bring your phone, but campers will be expected to refrain from using their phones during camp sessions. We believe it is important for you to unplug and not be distracted. This is an amazing opportunity to meet other like-minded girls and learn from some amazing Ment-HERS! Why be distracted from what you came here for? There will be break times and evening hours when you may connect with your family and friends by phone.

Of course, if there is an emergency, we will contact your parent or guardian, and they will be provided with a phone number to call anytime in the event of an emergency at home.


What should I pack?

Personal toiletries, blanket, any prescribed medications, pillow, sheets to fit a twin XL or just a flat sheet, towel, enough clothing for two days (sleepwear, casual wear for sessions – shorts and jeans are fine – and one nice outfit for the networking dinner, which should include nice pants or skirt and a nice top). Be sure to bring a coat, sweater or sweatshirt, too.


Do I need to bring a laptop computer or tablet?

No, you do not need a computer, tablet or any electronic device. All materials will be provided for you.


Who can I talk to about attending Olivet College as a student in the future?

While you’re at camp, you’ll meet a number of current Olivet College students who will be happy to talk to you about life as a student at Olivet College. You’ll also have the opportunity to talk to others about Olivet College as your college choice. And, of course, after camp we’d love to have you schedule a visit with our admissions team to come back to Olivet College to meet even more students, coaches and professors. To learn more, call 800.456.7189 or email admissions@olivetcollege.edu.


Who do I contact if I have more questions?

If you have more questions about the camp, please email wli@olivetcollege.edu.