Parent frequently asked questions pertaining to Camp LEAD and Club LEAD programming.

Q. When was ELA founded by whom and why?

A. ELA was founded in 2008 by Flo Brett, a former pediatric nurse and executive training manager for a major hospital system, in direct response to an identified critical national need to develop self-efficacy among students. Significant research supports this critical need and a major consortium of employers and educators are calling for the essential 21st Century social and emotional life skills to be taught to students rather than to try to teach these skills to adults whose behavioral patterns are already established.

Q. How was ELA’s curriculum developed?

A. ELA’s curriculum is adapted from a highly successful adult leadership training curriculum developed and led by ELA’s Founder & Executive Director, at the largest training hospital in the UK.  The inspiration for ELA came to Brett upon moving with her family to Cleveland, Ohio in 2004. Through her personal experiences with her own children she recognized a significant gap in self-leadership and life skills training. Brett spent four years working with a team of qualified educators to adapt her adult training program to make it suitable for middle and high school.

Q. Who writes the Camp & Club LEAD curriculum and for what age group are the programs designed.

ACamp & Club are open to students entering grades 5-8. The curriculum is written and carefully piloted by its Founder and a team of curriculum specialists and qualified educators.  Every module includes customized strategies and tactics to accommodate students’ different learning styles. The curriculum is aligned with the common core standards and state and national education standards.

Q. What is Camp LEAD’s format? How is it delivered?

ACamp LEAD is delivered as a five-day program during the hours of a regular school day for one week in the summer months. The program is implemented in a highly dynamic, creative fashion. Rather than through lecture, students learn essential self-leadership and life skills by participating in-group interactive sessions with their peers. Each activity is followed by group and individual debrief sessions to encourage students to apply these meaningful experiences to their own lives as they engage in a journey of self-discovery.

Q. What will my child be doing during a week at Camp LEAD? Can you describe some of the specific activities in which my child will be engaged?

ACamp LEADis based on an annual theme that enables the core concepts of the ELA curriculum to be delivered in a fun and activity based day. Concepts that will be embedded into games/ activities within the day include effective communication, team dynamics, goal setting, time management, leadership characteristics and behaviors etc. Students will be briefed every morning about the mission for the day (Board Room Style). Small group led games and activities will challenge campers to tackle the objective/task of the day, developing new tools, while having fun in a competitive environment. Group debriefs after each activity will ensure concrete learning occurs. Campers will daily have the ability to self reflect on their progress and establish daily goals that will be achieved at home, enabling them to feedback the next morning at Camp.

How is the Club LEAD program delivered?

AClub LEADis delivered in the same highly experiential and interactive way as Camp where students participate in-group educational activities followed by debrief sessions. Club LEAD is implemented in an after-school format. The program is designed to be implemented in 60-minute sessions once a week for eight weeks. Its flexible format allows it to be integrated into other existing programming.

Q. My child is already a school leader. What will this program do to advance his/her leadership abilities/goals?

A. We often find that students are placed in leadership roles, but do not have the leadership training and support to assist them in excelling in the newly assumed position. ELA will give your child an additional competitive edge by providing leadership and self-leadership skills that will increase and enhance leadership abilities. 

Are the Camp and Club LEAD programs just for students who are positioned in their schools as either current or future class leaders?

A. No, ELA’s Camp and Club LEAD programs provide an essential LIFE tool kit for all students regardless of whether they are interested in assuming future leadership positions or have been identified as class leaders.  Camp and Club LEAD have been consistently evaluated as equally effective for all students regardless of whether they are lower performing, average, or have been identified as a gifted and talented student.  ELA’s goal is to assist all students in acquiring self-leadership and life skills, that can be applied to current and future leadership positions, but that most importantly help them along a self led journey toward future success in their personal and professional lives regardless of the path they choose. Many of ELA’s school partners have sought out our Camp and Club LEAD programs for their student leaders, as our curriculum aligns with and supplements their program goals, but all students need the life skills regardless of their economic circumstances or personal and professional goals.

Q. What are the specific 21st Century skills the Camp and Club LEAD programs will provide to my child:

A. ELA’s Camp and Club programs facilitate your child’s growth in:

  • Moral and Ethical Leadership and Self-Leadership
  • Self-Regulation and Individual Accountability
  • Higher Level and Creative Thinking
  • Self-Empowerment
  • Goal-Setting & Goal Attainment
  • Healthy Behaviors & Life Balance
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Work Ethic, Grit and Perseverance
  • Team Dynamics and Team Roles
  • Competitive and Collaborative Behaviors

Q. Are any of these skills being taught in today’s middle school classrooms?

A. As a general rule of thumb – no.  ELA’s curriculum is delivered in a well thought through sequential curriculum, providing the soft skills — the social and emotional learning skills that schools do not have the time to teach. However, these soft skills have been consistently identified by educators and employers as essential in producing a successful individual.

Q. Will my child spend time outside?

A. Yes, the CampClub LEAD modules will include outdoor fun; however, this is contingent upon the host site and weather conditions. At no point during the program will your child leave the program location.

Q. What is the cost of your Camp and Club programs? Are early registration fees available?

A. Camp LEAD’s student registration fee is $295; Club LEAD’s student registration fee is $215. Early registration fees are available at a $20 dollar discount. You will receive an email confirmation immediately after you register. The Camp LEAD early registration deadline is typically March 31 or April 1. The Club LEAD discounted rate is available one month prior to program registration.

Q. How do I register my child for ELA’s Camp and Club LEAD program?

A.ELA accepts online registrations at www.effectivela.org. It is simple/easy – go to the website’s home page and find the “Register” tab. Hovering over the tab will allow you to choose which program you want to register for – or you can click on register to be taken straight to the form for Camp LEAD/Club LEAD. Once you complete the registration you will click on payment options. ELA accepts checks and also utilizes the PayPal system, which accepts all major credit cards. You will receive an email confirmation immediately after you register. One week before the program start date you will receive an email detailing everything you need to know to prepare your child for the program.

Q. Who teaches the Camp & Club LEAD programs?

A. In school-based settings, ELA hires and rigorously trains qualified educators to serve as the program instructors. ELA educators are carefully selected based on their ability to excite and motivate children and their enthusiasm and interest in promoting social, emotional and creative learning as well as their passion and commitment to ELA’s mission. We use the same criteria to identify and train ELA facilitators, who implement our program in corporate and community settings.

Q. How many children generally attend each program and what is the staff to teacher ratio?

A. Each of ELA’s CampClub LEAD programs include up to 25 students. ELA strives for a 12-1 student to teacher ratio. Camp and Club programs only require use of one classroom. If space is available two programs or more programs can run concurrently provided there is a minimum of 12 students registered.

Q. Can my child participate in both Camp and Club?  Will he/she learn new and different things in both programs or are they essentially the same program just delivered in a different format?

A. Ideally a child should and can attend both programs. Core principles are delivered in very different formats. A student will benefit from deepening their understanding by attending both experiences.

Q. Can my child participate in more than one Camp program?

A. ELA’s Founder and team of curriculum specialists are currently designing new Camp curriculum with the goal of rolling out a four-year curriculum. Students can participate in Camp and enjoy a new/different program experience for the four years in which they are eligible.

Q. My child participated in Camp LEAD last year and had a great experience. And he/she is looking for a summer job experience. Are you seeking Camp or Club counselors to assist with programming? And if so is this a paid position? What is the compensation?

A. ELA hires junior and senior alumni to serve as counselors at $8 per hour. The average weekly pay for a one-week camp is $240.

Q. What does my child need to bring to a Camp or Club program?

A1For Camp LEAD

Students are asked to bring in one grocery sized paper bag containing recyclable materials to the first day of the program to assist with one of the Camp modules. All other materials are provided by ELA. Additionally children need only bring a packed lunch, drink, and snack – each clearly marked with his or her name.  

A2. For Club LEAD

Students are required to bring a spiral notebook on the first day and a snack.

Q. My Child is in fourth grade – can he/she attend Camp or Club LEAD?

ACamp and Club LEAD’s curriculum has been carefully written to accommodate middle school students. Students engage in higher level thinking activities and are being introduced to concepts that we have found are difficult for elementary age students to grasp and or retain. Camp or Club LEAD programs are only suitable for rising 5th through 8th grade students. If you believe an exception should be made for your child, please call the ELA office at 216.292.8775 and ask to speak with Director of Operations Sue Zawacki.

Q. My child is physically or developmentally challenged. Can the Camp and Club LEAD programs accommodate his/her needs?

A. Camp and Club LEAD programs offer an environment in which every child can succeed. We make it a priority to accommodate any special needs. If required an aide or buddy is welcome to attend the program with your child. To make arrangements regarding your child’s aide or buddy, please contact ELA at 216.292.8775 during regular business hours or e-mail to ELA at info@effectivela.org.

Q. My child needs to take medication. Who will dispense it?

A. All medication must be delivered (in the original container in which it was dispensed) and administered by a pre-authorized individual designated by you. No member of Camp LEAD is permitted to administer medication. We will, however, remind children when it is time to take their medication and supervise them as they take it, so long as you have authorized self-administration. All medicines should be handed to a ELA staff member If you are not comfortable with your child self-administering his or her medication, you or a pre-authorized individual are welcome to come to the site to dispense the medication when necessary.

Q. Do you ever cancel programs?

A. We do everything possible to see that a program takes place. However if a program has fewer than 12 students registered we will cancel.  If for any reason we have to cancel a program, you will have the option to receive a full refund or we can place your child in another program. When and if a program cancels, we notify each participant as soon as possible.

Q. How does early drop-off and late pick-up work, and is it available at every site?

A. ELA does not provide early drop-off or late pick-up. Sometimes, a school or other location may offer this at an additional cost.

Q. Are scholarships available for the Camp and Club LEAD Programs?

A. Scholarships are provided on a financial need basis in many areas.  Contact your school Camp or Club LEAD instructor or ELA at info@effectivela.org for more information.

Q. Can I donate tuition for a child?

A. Yes!  There are many children who would love to attend our Camp and Club LEAD, but cannot due to financial constraints.  Donations for sponsoring a child can be made by calling 216.292.8775 or online at effectivela.org.

Q. What if the program my child wants to attend is already full?

A. To ensure that your child has a great experience at our Camp and Club LEAD programs there is a maximum of 25 children enrolled in each program. Some locations fill up faster than others, and, unfortunately, we cannot hold spots without full payment. If your desired program is full, you are encouraged to consider other locations available in your area. If the location that is currently closed is the only location that will work for you, you can request to be placed on the waiting list, discuss this option with the site instructor at the site of your choice, or call 216.292.8775 for further information. Registrations are sometimes cancelled because of scheduling conflicts. When this happens, those on the waiting list are notified as soon as a space becomes available.

Q. What is the refund policy and insufficient funds in account policy?

A. The registration price includes a nonrefundable $50 fee. The balance of the registration cost is refundable up to four weeks prior to the first day of the program. All cancellations after this time will result in a loss of the entire amount paid. The only exception to this rule is if ELA has to cancel a program based on low registration. In this case you will receive a 100% refund. 

If we receive a returned check from our bank for a payment you made, you will be invoiced for the original amount of the check plus a $40 bank fee. Your­­ program place will not be held until full payment is received.


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