Lone Star Leadership Academy camp participants are supervised 24 hours a day by Education in Action staff members. There is one Facilitator for every 10 students and all Facilitators are Texas educators. The Director and Assistant Director provide additional supervision and all Directors are certified in CPR and First-Aid. All staff members pass a background check completed by Education in Action prior to each year’s camps. The overnight accommodations are group bunk lodging with girls in one room and boys in another. There are no fewer than two adults of the same gender in each group lodging room to supervise students overnight.
At no time are participants unsupervised. The schedule is full, organized, and consistent and there is no unstructured down time for the students. At registration, parents receive an agenda of activities and sites participants visit at all times during the program week.
We have a Buddy System in place which means that no student is alone during camp and no student is ever alone with another adult during camp. The Buddy System is part of our staff training and we go over this Buddy System with students at orientation. Examples of Buddy System in action:
1. Should a student need to retrieve an item from their bunk after the group is on the bus, an adult AND another student will accompany them back to their bunk.
2. Should a student need to use a restroom at a museum, restaurant, etc., they must take another student with them.
Should anything, no matter how minor (a scraped knee for example), happen to your student during their week at the Lone Star Leadership Academy, you will be notified by phone.
"My daughter was anxious when I dropped her off, but was so excited when I picked her up. Before she even said hi, she ran up and told me she wanted to go again to Austin/San Antonio next year. She was full of smiles and talked non-stop about it for the entire four hour drive home. She gained so much confidence in herself over the week there and made great friendships. She also got to experience things she never would have without this camp."
"Our son has attended for two summers now and is eager for next summer. That is what we want when we pay for our children's summer experiences. We want them to be safe, learn, feel good about themselves, and to be excited about their camp experiences every day. LSLA exceeds all of those expectations!"
"The fact the LSLA is conducted with certified educators is a huge benefit. Our children attend a very small school in a very rural area, so the LSLA incorporating actually visiting everywhere they do is incredible. It literally is taking the classroom outside the classroom! It has been very obvious to us that all three of our children pay much more attention when certain subjects are addressed in school because they saw it, visited it, and experienced it. Also, just having our children experiencing being responsible for themselves has been a major milestone for them (and me as a mother). It has built up such confidence in them."