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Middle School Expedition in DC at the Museum of the Bible

May 31, 2024

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June 1, 2024

Museum of the Bible | 400 4th St. SW

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Washington

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DC 20024

Middle School Students

$40

“The liberty enjoyed by the people of these States of worshipping Almighty God, agreeable to their consciences, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights.”- George Washington

Discover Foundational Values at the Nation’s Capital

Are you ready to dive into the heart of American heritage with Young America’s Foundation? Join us on an adventure to understand Religious Freedom and the Founding of America at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.

This expedition explores the truths about our nation’s founding and the opportunities that define America. Dr. Michael Clark from Hillsdale College will share invaluable insights into economic freedom, complementing various activities designed to deepen your understanding of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and its foundational values.

On this adventure, you will enjoy:

  • Team challenges that create meaningful memories and lasting friendships
  • Interactive and technologically advanced experiences at the Museum of the Bible
  • A flying tour over Washington in the museum’s breathtaking virtual reality exhibit
  • A special presentation by Dr. Michael Clark on the principles of economic freedom and their role in American prosperity
  • A monuments tour that honors the legacy of leaders who championed liberty
  • Mentorship from individuals dedicated to shaping future leaders
Set within the inspiring halls of the Museum of the Bible, this two-day program begins with an opening banquet dinner featuring Dr. Michael Clark. Day two’s schedule includes guided tours of key museum exhibits, a mentor-led monuments tour, and a special closing session at the Museum of the Bible.

Students will emerge from this expedition with a deeper appreciation for the nation’s history and the importance of protecting our foundational freedoms.

WHAT’S INCLUDED? The registration fee of $40 covers all program activities, materials, museum admission, monument tours, Friday night dinner, Saturday lunch, snacks, and transportation during the program.

ARE PARENTS INVOVLED? Parents are invited to the Friday dinner and to the special concluding session on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

WHAT IF WE ARE TRAVELING FROM OUT OF TOWN? While travel scholarships are never guaranteed, Young America’s Foundation will gladly consider all completed requests to alleviate the cost of student flights and hotel stays. Apply for travel scholarships here: https://forms.gle/QfyaqMDYiWDFJwyc8

For additional details about travel assistance, please check the program Frequently Asked Questions below.

Occasionally, we have access to a discounted room block at a local hotel for traveling families.

WHERE DO I FIND MORE DETAILS? For details about applying for travel scholarships or tuition assistance, discounted hotel rates, dress code, expedition activities, and more, please check the program Frequently Asked Questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Day One: You should arrive at the Museum of the Bible (400 4th St. SW, Washington, DC 20024) on Friday, May 31, for check-in between 5:15 and 5:45 p.m. The program begins promptly at 6:00 p.m., so please be on time.

Day two: You should arrive at the Museum of the Bible at 8:30 am. Parents will drop their students off.

The Expedition ends Saturday, June 1, at 5:00 p.m., and students should depart from the Museum of the Bible. Parents may join the students for a special closing session on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Museum of the Bible. Parent attendance for this session requires museum entrance. Discounted tickets will be available through YAF for all-day use.

Around 50 middle school students (limited to grades 6-8) are expected to attend the D.C. Expedition. Students recently completing grades 5 and 8 are eligible to attend.

The agenda will be emailed to you a day or two prior to the Expedition. You will also be provided with a copy in your student materials at check-in.

The $40 registration fee includes Expedition tuition, materials, admission to the Museum of the Bible, transportation to the National Mall, monuments tour, Friday dinner, and Saturday lunch for students.

Parents are invited to the opening dinner on Friday and the special concluding session on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Parents must RSVP for the dinner and the closing session, and further details will be emailed to students and parents in the weeks preceding the Expedition. The dinner, is an additional $25 per adult and complimentary with RSVP for students. Museum tickets, requiring advance registration through YAF, are $7.99 per person for Saturday use only.

For more questions about this, please contact Tawny Kilpper at [email protected].

Tuition assistance may be available case-by-case for those with financial need. If you have a financial need, please email a brief essay (no more than one page) to Tawny Kilpper at [email protected] with some language regarding how much financial assistance is needed and what you hope to gain by attending the program. We can only consider your request once we receive this essay.

While travel scholarships are never guaranteed, Young America’s Foundation will gladly consider all completed requests to alleviate the cost of student flights and hotel stays. Apply for travel scholarships here: https://forms.gle/QfyaqMDYiWDFJwyc8

Travel Scholarship requests are due prior to the event. Please note, travel scholarships are not guaranteed and do not cover ground transportation, baggage fees, seat assignments, travel insurance. etc. Flights must allow for full-time attendance to be eligible for reimbursement.

If you have any questions regarding your travel assistance submission, please email [email protected].

The event opens with a banquet dinner for students and parents on Friday evening, featuring Dr. Michael Clark. Saturday morning features a speaker session, Museum of the Bible tours, and lunch. After lunch, students will enjoy a Monuments tour at the National Mall, followed by a concluding session at the Museum of the Bible.

No, because the event is only about a day long. If you wish to tour the area, please make your own plans to arrive on Thursday or stay through Sunday night.

Young America’s Foundation is not providing hotel accommodations for this program. If you are traveling and in need of a hotel room, we have secured a limited number of reduced-rate rooms at the Residence Inn Washington, DC National Mall (333 E St. SW, Washington, District of Columbia, USA, 20024; Tel: +1 202-484-8280). Please use this link to make your reservation: Book your group rate for Young America’s Foundation.

For any questions about transportation or accommodations, please email Tawny Kilpper at [email protected].

This program is open only to middle school students. High school and college students are encouraged to attend other Foundation programs; more information is available at yaf.org/events.

You should fly to Washington Reagan National (DCA). An alternate option is to arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and take the metro into the city, but this will add about an hour and a half to your arrival.

Young America’s Foundation will not provide transportation to/from the airport.

Dress for Friday is business. This means slacks, skirts or dresses, polo or button-up shirts, sweaters, etc. Jeans, shorts, and t-shirts are not acceptable attire. Dress for Saturday is casual but respectful. Jeans are acceptable if there are no holes or tears. Please wear comfortable shoes appropriate for walking in the National Mall. DC weather is unpredictable during the summer, so sunscreen and umbrellas are also recommended.

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