Congress

Congress

August 3-8, 2014 at Woodmen of the World Camp in Tallahassee, FL

Fees

Student Price: $289
($269 through June 4)

Parent Price: $249

Leadership

Program Director: Rep. Josh Cockroft

Event Director: Scott Wylie


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For years TeenPact students have raved about the vibrant, interactive “Mock Legislature” portion of our state class.  With this in mind, we are excited to announce the all new TeenPact Congress!  It will be a legislative experience unlike anything TeenPact has ever produced.

During this event, students will have the opportunity to serve as US TeenPact Senators, Representatives, Reporters, and Lobbyists, as they walk through the legislative process from opening session to sine die. In this “hands on” environment, each participant will learn, practice and defend the theory and process of representing citizens and making public policy.  Students will have the ability to sponsor bills, participate in committee meetings, work with lobbyists*, as well as debate and amend bills on the floor of the Florida House and Senate Chambers. Those interested in media will be able to take part in live press conferences and interviews, followed by the opportunity to report on their investigative findings.

After the heat of the legislative battle, students will return to camp and experience the joy of TeenPact worship, competition of ultimate frisbee, and the spiritual growth of rendezvous.  End your summer with TeenPact friends and an experience that will make a lasting impression on your life!

Positions are subject to availability and are on a first come first serve basis; make sure to register today to ensure your spot! Those interested in media are encouraged to sign up to be a reporter, as you will have tracks special to your field.

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HOUSING INFORMATION

We’ll be staying at Woodmen of the World’s Richard W. Ervin Youth Camp (22459 NE Woodman of the World Road, Hosford, FL 32334) and commuting to the Florida state capitol each day. Hint: use mapquest, not googlemaps.

 

TRAVEL INFORMATION

For those driving

  • Please arrive at the camp between 2pm-5pm on Sunday, August 3
  • Please plan on leaving between 10am-12pm on Friday, August 8
  • Please log-in to teenpact.com/events to enter your travel information.
  • If you are interested in organizing a carpool, please let us know so we can connect you with other students from your area.

For those flying

  • Book your flight into Tallahassee, FL
  • Please arrive by 3pm on Sunday, August 3 and depart after 12pm on Friday, August 8
  • TeenPact staff will meet you at your baggage claim when you arrive; wear a TeenPact shirt to help us find you! We will deliver you back to your ticketing counter when you depart.
  • Please log-in to teenpact.com/events to enter your travel information.
  • Call the office to inquire about flying into Jacksonville, Atlanta, Orlando and Tampa. We may be able to connect you with people driving from those areas.

 

WHAT TO BRING

  • Bedding (pillow, sheets/blanket/sleeping bag)
  • Towel and toiletries
  • Bible, notebook, pen, reusable water bottle, umbrella, flashlight
  • A snack to share at Coffeehouse (girls bring sweet, guys bring salty)
  • Money for the TeenPact store (optional)
  • Homework — Check below!
  • Remember, we will be media-free during this week so plan on leaving your cell phones, iPods, books, laptops etc in your suitcase during the week.

 

WHAT TO WEAR

  • To create a distraction-free atmosphere, please bring only “TPA” clothing. Check out the dress code before packing). If you’re not sure, don’t bring it!
  • Bring three days of professional clothes for our time at the capitol. Casual clothes for the evenings is fine.
  • Bring at least one outfit that you don’t mind getting dirty!

 

HOMEWORK

NOTES FOR EVERYONE:

  • Everyone must read Resource Manual I in preparation for the class.
  • Everyone must read Resource Manual II: Bill Book in preparation for the class.
  • Please print both manuals and place them in a binder to bring with you to Congress.
  • Every student will get an email by July 15 with their assigned role. Once you get that email, you can start your specific assignment as listed below.

CONGRESS ROLES

Citizen Voters: Everyone will have the right to vote as a TeenPact Citizen and will register with a party in the beginning of the event, to determine majority and minority parties.

Senators & Representatives: Will be responsible for researching the bills ahead of time and choosing which bills they would like to sponsor. Each legislator will be assigned to a committee and will participate in the process of examining, debating, & voting bills out of committee. Once all the bills go through committee the legislative sessions will begin in the House and Senate.

Lobbyist: Will be lobbying on behalf of different bills during committee meetings, have the opportunity to serve as pages in the House and Senate, and will also get to learn about the Supreme Court, through participating in a mock trial.

Reporter: Will be researching different news stories within our “mock” legislative session and will be publishing a daily newspaper. In addition they will be responsible for taking pictures and assembling the memory slideshow at the end of the week.

YOUR MISSION

Your mission is to be part of TeenPact history by establishing vision and protocol for all future sessions of TeenPact Congress. Each of you will be representing your district as you band together to form the Charter Congress, making TeenPact history with your ideas and leadership. By the end of the week you will have walked the halls of power, have a better understanding of political theory, have experience debating bills and will have written the by-laws for TeenPact Congress.

SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

We will be doing a variety sessions, activities, outings and opportunities to make TeenPact Congress a one-of-a-kind, powerful, exciting event. Though subject to change, here’s a brief overview…

Monday, September 27

 

- Check In, Orientation

- Worship, Discussion: Political Values and Parties

- Hands On: District Profiles

- Free time, Coffeehouse, Rendezvous

Tuesday, September 28

 

- Devo, Bonjour, Worship

- Discussion: Foundations of Liberty and the Constitution

- Hands On: Sightseeing, History, American Values

- Free time, Coffeehouse, Rendezvous

Wednesday, September 29

 

- Devo, Bonjour, Worship

- Discussion: Parliamentary Procedure and Bylaws

- Hands On: Drafting, Debating, Lobbying

- Free time, Coffeehouse, Rendezvous

Thursday, September 30

 

- Devo, Bonjour, Worship

- Discussion: U.S. Congress

- Hands On: Sightseeing, Lobbying

- Free time, Coffeehouse, Rendezvous

Friday, October 1

 

- Devo, Bonjour

- Worship, Discussion: For the People by the People

- Hands On: Open Debate on By Laws and Bills, Elections, Awards

- Free time, Coffeehouse, Rendezvous

Saturday, October 2

 

- Worship, Adjourn Sine Die

- Pack Up and Go

HOMEWORK

To prepare for our intense time together, please come with the following items completed:

1) Read the U.S. Constitution and be able to discuss the purpose of each article and amendment.

2) Read 1 Samuel 7:15 – 10:24

3) Research your actual Congressional district and be able to discuss the following: What is the population of your district? What are three major industries in your district? What counties and towns does your district cover? What is the largest populated area in your district? What political leanings does your district have? What are the top two biggest needs for citizens in your district? Locate and include a map of your district.

4) Write one bill addressing the issues that your district faces. Remember, these are federal laws that will apply to all 50 states.

5) Write at least one bill addressing one of the following issues: Health Care, Stimulus/Taxes/Unemployment, Education Reform, Social Security, Veterans, Energy/Environment, Immigration Foreign Policy

TRAVEL INFORMATION

For those driving…

1) Arrive on September 27 – please check in between 3 and 5pm

2) Departing on October 20 – please plan on leaving between 10am-12pm

3) The drop off spot is the Comfort Suites at 10601 Telegraph Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059



For those flying…

1) Try booking your flight through TeenPact Travel.

2) Book your flight into Richmond, VA (RIC)

3) Arriving on September 27 – please schedule to land before 4pm

4) Departing on October 2 – please try to schedule your depature for after 11am

5) TeenPact staff will meet you at your baggage claim when you arrive and deliver you back to your ticketing counter when you depart. Wear a TeenPact shirt so we can find you easily!

6) Don’t forget to enter your flight information on your online account!

 

WHAT TO BRING

  • Personal toiletries (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc)
  • A Bible, notebook and pen
  • Casual clothes (see TeenPact Dress Code) for evenings
  • Capital clothes for four days  (see TeenPact Dress Code)
  • Your Congress homework, with your three bills printed
  • $9 to cover a Metro pass for our day in DC
  • Enough money to buy yourself lunch on Thursday
What NOT to Bring:
  • Any sort of knief or firearm/weapon
  • CD players, mp3 players or other media.

Parties

At TeenPact Congress we will be instituting a two-party system with platforms relevant to many mainstream issues going on today (Health Care, Foreign Policy, Economy, etc). Because of the nature of the event, these parties will have basic ideals that correspond with both conservative and liberal viewpoints. Through understanding the basis behind different viewpoints we can better understand our own beliefs as well as obtain a better grasp on how to refute the opposition. Thus we encourage students to take up the challenge of playing devil’s advocate on such political issues. Through analyzing and critiquing another’s argument you can gain a better understanding of the intricacies of that argument. It is important to understand your opponent, even if you don’t agree with what they have to say. This being the case, we will not have the students debate issues of morality (marriage, abortion, civil rights, etc.) since these issues have the propensity to become  harsh and personal.  Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding this subject.

Nationalist Party

The mission of the Nationalist Party is based upon a platform of social reform with support from a strong national government.  Nationalists strongly believe that the government should provide for individuals and families who are in need.  At the heart of the Nationalist Party lies the belief that the government exists to maintain the peace and prosperity of its citizens.

Traditionalist Party

The Traditionalist Party is based upon the core principles of a limited role of government especially with regard to social reform.  Because of this belief, Traditionalists advocate a return to a free market system with more individual liberties to help promote the welfare of the state.  Traditionalists strive to create a government that protects the rights of its citizens while maintaining liberty and justice.

Homework

  1. Each Senator must read and familiarize himself/herself with the TeenPact Statutes.
    1. Download TeenPact Statutes (download)
  2. Each Senator must write and submit at least two (2) bills (no more than 5 pages long) to the clerk by October 15th. ({cms_selflink page=’sample-bill’ text=’Sample Bill’})
    1. The Senators are to write bills based upon the primary issues before TeenPact Congress for 2009 which include the following topics:
      1. Health Care
      2. Stimulus/Taxes/Unemployment
      3. Education Reform
      4. Social Security
      5. Veterans
      6. Energy/Environment
      7. Immigration
      8. Foreign Policy
      9. Homeland Security
      10. Economic Regulations/Wall Street
    2. The bills must be submitted to the clerk’s office at, congress@teenpact.com by October 15, 2009.
  3. Each Senator must bring to the Capitol a printed Bill Packet, available to download here on October 20, 2009.
  4. To prepare for in-class discussion, each Senator must write a one-page essay comparing and contrasting the role of the U.S. Congress today with the original intent of the Congress found in Article 1 the U.S. Constitution.

What to bring

  • Capitol Clothes ({cms_selflink page=’alumni-dress-code’ text=’Dress Code’})
  • Bill Packet
  • Completed Homework
  • Bible, notebook and pen
  • Bedding for the room (pillow and sleeping bag or sheets & blanket)
  • Towel, toiletries, soap, etc
  • Frisbee, cards or game ideas for free time

Travel Information

Flying:

Arrival: Plan on flying into Richmond International Airport on Monday, October 26th.  Please book your arrival before 2:00 PM. A Congress staffer will meet you at baggage claim.

Departure: Please book your departure for after 12:00 PM from Richmond International Airport on Friday, October 30th.

Driving:

Registration will be held between 12:00-2:00 PM on Monday, October 26th.  Please plan on arriving during that time.  Stay tuned for directions.

Departure: Please arrange to be picked up by 12:00 PM on Friday, October 30th.