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​Below are a list of questions often asked by Parents, Ambassadors and School Counselors. If you have questions that are unanswered in this list you can email the Leadership Seminar Chair at

  • Where will the seminar be held?

    • The 2024 seminar will take place at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Dropoff is at Jackson and Rees Halls, 445 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY 14456 

  • When will the 2024 seminar be held?

    • Seminar participants may check in anytime after 7:30am but before 9:00am on FRIDAY, June 14th, 2023. The seminar will begin with Ambassador Orientation at 9:30am SHARP and conclude with Closing Ceremonies on Sunday June 16th at 12:00pm. Ambassadors must be present for the entire seminar, including overnight.​

  • What kind of program is planned?

    • During your HOBY Leadership Seminar, many dynamic leaders—all volunteers from the fields of business, education, government, and other professions — will address aspects of our changing world and the challenges future leaders will confront. The program will not promote any specific political party, religion, or way of thinking; but is designed to develop critical thinking skills by actively involving participants in discussions and informal debate. During the seminar, you will be asked to undertake a community service project(s) involving at least 100 hours during the year following your seminar, to make a difference in your school, community, place of worship, or other environment where you see a need. The program also includes outstanding speakers, leadership activities, social events, and a special closing ceremony to which your parents are invited.

  • What are the accommodations like?

    • Participants will be assigned to dorm rooms with 2-3 participants per room on floors reserved exclusively for the seminar. Please see the Ambassador Rules & Regulations Form and Ambassador Packing list for what you are to bring.  Everyone will receive nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners during the seminar. Breakfast is NOT provided upon arrival to the seminar.  

  • What if I need to take medication while I am at the seminar?

    • Any Ambassador that will have any form of Medication with them (Prescription or OTC) must have a completed Medication Verification Form completed by a Doctor.  Make sure to read and comply with the Policy for Use of Medication During a HOBY Event.

  • Who pays for the seminar?

    • The school or parent has paid a Registration Fee and will provide transportation to and from the seminar. All costs for meals, lodging and training materials have been generously provided by sponsors throughout our state, including businesses, foundations, individuals, and service organizations wishing to support leadership education.


  • What should I wear at the seminar?

    • Dress is casual throughout the weekend. Sundays closing ceremonies are professional dress You will be provided a HOBY t-shirt to wear during the weekend.

  • What about religious services?

    • Due to the distance of the closest religious facilities, the cost and logistics of coordinating transportation as well as ensuring the safety of all participants and volunteers, we are regretfully unable to facilitate access to religious services during the seminar.​

  • What if I am unable to attend the seminar?

    • If circumstances arise that prevent you from attending the seminar,  we would like to give another student the opportunity to attend. You must  notify the person at your school who selected you as soon as you know, and follow up with an email to


  • Who may I contact should I have additional questions?

    • Additional questions or concerns should be directed to the Leadership Seminar Chair at 315-825-1649 or

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