Through dynamic experiences, TeenPact seeks to inspire youth in their relationship with Christ and train them to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend the Christian faith, and engage the culture around them. “Changing lives to change the world” is more than a vision statement to us. It’s what we do every day.
At TeenPact, we believe students learn best by doing. That’s why our State Classes are comprised of focused hands-on leadership training. With classes offered across the nation and for students ages 8-19, young people will quickly discover how to embrace their call as the next generation of leaders through the unique tools, teaching, and opportunities TeenPact provides.
Our Alumni Events take students deeper in their relationship with Christ as they build lasting community and grow through intentional leadership training. While events activities range from meeting legislators on Capitol Hill to team building in South Dakota, the focus is the same – training students to be influential and servant-hearted leaders.
Experience life as a United States Senator, Representative, Lobbyist, or Reporter. This event is designed to put you in the shoes of a person of influence in a Mock Legislature environment to train you to impact policy and culture for Christ.
For years TeenPact students have raved about the vibrant, interactive “Mock Legislature” portion of our state class. With this in mind, we created a national-scale event called TeenPact Congress. It is a legislative experience unlike anything TeenPact has ever produced.
During this event, Students will have the opportunity to play the role of U.S. TeenPact Senators, Representatives, Lobbyists, and Reporters, 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, and work with lobbyists, as well as debate and amend bills on the floors of the Florida House and Senate Chambers. Those interested in media will be able to take part our Reporter Track, experiencing live press conferences and interviews, followed by the opportunity to report on their investigative findings.
After the heat of daily legislative battles, Students will return to camp and experience the joy of TeenPact Worship, competition of Ultimate Frisbee, and the spiritual growth of TeenPact 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 offered on a first-come, first-serve basis; register today to ensure your position.
The Congress Blog
Learn more about the Congress experience and vision behind Congress through student stories, event recaps, and thought posts on the Congress blog.
August 6-11, 2023
Program Director Brent Vastbinder
Event Director Scott Wylie
How to get to here. It’s really the most important detail.
FOR THOSE DRIVING
Please arrive at the camp between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 6. Plan to leave the camp between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 11. If you are in need of carpooling information for your area, please contact the TeenPact National Office at [email protected].
FOR THOSE FLYING
Please book your flights in and out of Tallahassee, FL (TLH). Plan to fly in between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 6. Plan to depart after 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 11. TeenPact Staff will meet you at your baggage claim when you arrive. Please wear a TeenPact t-shirt to help us find you. We will deliver you back to your ticketing counter for your departing flight.
Please email Congress Administrative Director, Evie Erickson, at [email protected] to provide your travel information.
Where We Stay
With TeenPact friends around, how can it not feel like home?
23564 Woodman of the World Road
Hosford, FL 32334
Bring This, Not That
Be sure to read over this packing list before you come!
Pillow and Bedding
Towel and toiletries
Bible, notebook, and pen
Reusable water bottle
Snack to share at Coffeehouse (Girls bring sweet, Guys bring salty)
Money for the TeenPact store (optional)
Remember, we will be media-free during this week so plan on leaving any cell phones, tablets, laptops, books, etc. in your suitcase during the week unless they’re being used for on-site assignments.
What to Wear
Dress for the occasion . . . which happens to be a TeenPact event!
To create a distraction-free atmosphere, please bring only clothing that adheres to our Dress Code.
Congress requires several types of attire during the week:
Casual: Bring a casual outfit for every day during free time and evening sessions.
Traditional Professional: Bring four days of Traditional Professional outfits, as you wore to your State Class.
Business Casual: Bring one Business Casual outfit for a special evening event.
Senators & Representatives: Will be responsible for researching the bills ahead of time and choosing which bills they would like to sponsor on a first come-first served basis. Each legislator will be assigned to a committee and will participate in the process of examining, debating, & voting bills out of committee. Once bills are passed through committee they are heard during legislative sessions in the House and Senate.
Lobbyist:Will be lobbying on behalf of or in opposition to different bills during committee meetings and House and Senate Floor activities. Lobbyists have the opportunity to work with legislators to affect change in legislation on behalf of their clients by building relationships and finding compromise all sides can agree on. Lobbyists are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet for research purposes.
Reporters: Will be researching different news stories during the Congress legislative session working to report quality news. Reporters may write articles for and publish a daily newspaper, record nightly broadcasts, produce a daily podcast, photograph events for print, or any combination thereof. From political beat writing to editorial columns, broadcast journalism and photography; reporters for TeenPact Congress uphold the important duty of giving the people the news they have the right to know.
You can find the resources you need to select your preferred options during registration, as well as to prepare for the event.
Note: as Students review the party stances and select and study the bills for the event, recognize that everyone will be playing a role during the week at Congress. Students will have the opportunity to think critically as they analyze various issues from each side. These party stances and drafted bills do not reflect particular political beliefs of the TeenPact organization or Staff Team.
Want to experience TeenPact too? Here’s how you can join us.
TeenPact Congress is an exciting event to be a part of as the Students simulate a week in Congress in various roles. Chaperones get to enjoy seeing the week unfold as the Students get comfortable in their roles, lobby various ideas, debate legislation, and cover all of the action as reporters. Chaperones are primarily responsible as an adult presence in the dorms in the evenings and mornings, as well as on the busses during the commute to the Capitol. From year to year, we may have additional attendees without space on the bus. If you plan to Chaperone and have capacity to assist with transportation, please contact Evie Erickson at [email protected]. At the Congress camp, TeenPact is responsible for providing breakfasts and dinners, as well as catering lunches to the Capitol. If you have interest or capacity to assist with meal preparation, or picking up meals during the day, please reach out to the Program Directing Team to see how you can help. If you’re interested in joining us for TeenPact Congress, you can register for the waitlist using the link above and the Directing Team will be in touch regarding needs and space available as the event approaches.