Air Guard, Reserve officials announce 2011 teen leadership summits

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Officials from the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard announced the 2011 Air Force Reserve and ANG Teen Leadership Summit locations Jan. 5.

The Air Force Reserve and ANG Teen Leadership Summit locations this summer are in Dahlonega, Ga.; Estes, Colo.; and Washington.

The summits combine high-adventure activities with leadership classes to allow teens to tap into their leadership potential and discover hidden strengths while developing a sense of belonging to the Air Force community, officials said.

Teens with a parent in the Air Force Reserve or ANG can attend one of the free summits. April 8 is the application deadline. Participants must be 14 to 18 years old.

Application instructions are available at Teens must answer essay questions and complete code-of-conduct and transportation forms to attend one of the sessions.

The first summit is the Classic Teen Leadership Summit June 19 through 24 in Dahlonega, Ga. During the summit, participants will take part in group activities such as high ropes, zip-line canopy tour, white-water rafting, hiking, fishing, archery and survival classes. The participants will also attend leadership classes throughout the week.

A new summit this year is the Capitol Teen Leadership Summit July 25 through 29 in Washington. Attendees will focus on citizenship, character building and high adventure. Their experience will include exploring the wonders of the nation's capital, such as monuments, memorials and the Smithsonian museums. They will also have the chance to meet with their congressional member or a member of his or her staff.

The last summit is the Adventure Teen Leadership Summit Aug. 9 through 14 in Estes Park, Colo. During the summit, participants will take part in daily adventure activities including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, horse colt training, arts and crafts, woodworking, technical rock climbing, and archery. Leadership classes taught throughout the week include the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens. They will gather for programs including campfires and songs, musical performances and environmental education classes.

For more information, send an email to or call 800-223-1784, extension 70971, or email or call 800-223-1784, extension 72090.

(Courtesy of Air Force Reserve Command Public Affairs)