Washington DC is a city of grandeur and majesty, but is also a city of power and corruption. In the heart of Old Dominion Virginia—the home of Washington, Madison, and Lighthorse Harry Lee—you are given the opportunity to change the course of our nation, to write legislation that will make our nation greater, to further your agenda, and to pass your party’s bills. All this happens in the midst of a tumultuous presidential election in which you must raise money and rally support for your candidate.
In a place of both light and dark you will draft and debate legislation, form alliances, and develop friendships that will last. On the beautiful campus of Patrick Henry College, you will learn what leadership means, participate in team games, develop an understanding of Congress, and make your mark in the iGovern experience. You will also get the opportunity to tour Washington DC with your friends, where you will get the chance to see the Lincoln Memorial, the United States Capitol, the Air and Space Museum, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian, and much more.
This is iGovern East: Classic politics in Washington DC.
So much to do, so little time! Each day at the Generation Joshua iGovern camp is jam-packed with activities. Whether it’s starting the day with an uplifting chapel service, listening to inspiring speakers, strategizing on how your candidate can win the mock presidential campaign, drafting legislation to win support in the campaign, or participating in any number of recreational activities, the GenJ iGovern camp promises to keep you busy!
Each day, students will be required to attend chapel for group worship and a short devotional. One of the GenJ staff will lead the group in worship while another delivers a devotional on one of the themes for the week.
Lectures and Speakers
At iGovern, participants will hear from prominent conservative leaders and thinkers. Past speakers have included individuals such as Mike Pence, Sen. Ben Sasse, Sen. Cory Gardiner, Rep. Virginia Foxx, Rep. Tom McClintock, Dr. James Dobson, Wendy Wright (Concerned Women for America), Tim Phillips (Americans for Prosperity), Lila Rose (LiveAction), and Ryan Bomberger (Radiance Foundation).
At camp, you will have an opportunity to draft bills, create legislation, debate in Congress, and gain hands-on experience for what it would be like to run a country. You will figure out what it takes to rub shoulders with high profile lobbyists at our annual formal Gala. In addition, during our mock presidential election, you'll have a chance to run for President or Vice President, or help elect another member of the party to this coveted position.
Fun and Games
iGovern gives you the chance to connect with old friends and make new ones during our packed week-long program. You'll connect over shared interests and causes, and develop these friendships as you work and play together. In addition to the lectures you'll attend and the causes you will support, iGovern East gives you the special opportunity to visit and explore our nation's beautiful capital during the camp's day trip into the city! Visit the Capitol building, Smithsonian museums, Washington Monument, and much more through this once-in-a-lifetime camp experience!
During free time in the afternoons, students wishing to take a break from the rigors of the campaign may utilize Patrick Henry College's sports facilities, including volleyball, basketball, soccer, and the occasional water fight!
Eligibility & Pricing Guide
Generation Joshua tries to make its camps as affordable as possible to teens and their families. Toward that end, our prices are often below the costs of comparable camps. We encourage all of our potential participants to start saving today. Camp is more affordable than you might think!
Eligibility and Age
iGovern East camp is open to any Generation Joshua member between the ages of 14–17 (Note: this is different than iGovern West). If you have questions regarding this, please contact us.
The cost for the entire week of camp is $695. If you register before March 1, you will be given a $100 early registration discount. Registrations after May 22 will be charged a $50 expedited processing fee.
A $50 discount is available for HSLDA member families.
As a thank you for your service, we are offering a $200 discount to children of parents in full time or retired ministry or active/retired military.
Pricing includes transportation from the designated arrival airport to camp and back, lodging, food (17 meals — Sunday evening through Saturday morning), access to all activities, and a great time!
Your camp registration includes a $100 non-refundable deposit. Of the remaining amount the following applies:
Transportation is provided from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) only. For arrivals at the start of camp, the first shuttle arrives at IAD at 2 p.m. Sunday and the final shuttle leaves the airport at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Any student arriving after 4:30 p.m. will need to pay for his or her own transportation to PHC.
For departures at the end of camp, the first shuttle will arrive at IAD at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday and the last will arrive at 12 p.m. There are no exceptions to arrival and departure times.
If a camper is traveling as an unaccompanied minor, there is a $50 fee. Also, they must arrive during our shuttle times, and we must know in advance. Airline policies require GenJ Camp staff to sign paperwork stating that we have picked up the passenger and require us on departure to wait with the passenger at the gate until they have boarded the plane. Thus, the departure must occur prior to 12 p.m. on Saturday so that our staff can return to campus on the last shuttle.
Registration is 2-6 p.m. on Sunday. Dinner is offered from 5 to 6 p.m. If you want to take advantage of that, arrive earlier to ensure adequate time to settle in. All campers must depart Saturday before 12 p.m.