Welcome to JAM!

Hello, Delegates and Parents!

Greetings from Launch Staff and welcome to Workshop 2018! Thank you for signing up to attend the Junior High and Middle School Workshop (JAM). We’ve compiled this handy resource - the Workshop Info Guide - to answer your most frequently asked questions (FAQs) and prepare students for Workshop. This document contains a great deal of important information, so be sure to hang onto it and read it very carefully. See you on June 19th or July 17th!

        –The Launch Volunteer Staff

Summer Leadership Workshop 1

June 19th - June 23rd: Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska

Check-in: June 19th: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Student Activities Center

Opening Slideshow: 3:00 pm, Ramsey Theatre

Check-out: June 23rd: 1:00 pm, Residence Halls

Closing Slideshow: 12:30 pm, Ramsey Theatre

Summer Leadership Workshop 2

July 17th - July 21st: Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska

Check-in: July 17th: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Student Activities Center

Opening Slideshow: 3:00 pm, Ramsey Theatre

Check-out, July 21st: 1:00 pm, Residence Halls

Closing Slideshow: 12:30 pm, Ramsey Theatre

Guardians and Advisers - please feel free to join us for the opening or closing slideshow.

Packing Pointers

For most of Workshop, basic casual summer attire is ideal: shorts, jeans, t-shirts, sneakers, sandals, etc.

We advise bringing a sweatshirt or jacket since many of the buildings get chilly—the A/C is often cranked up.

For the Workshop Banquet, we encourage dressier attire in keeping with the Banquet’s atmosphere.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in the Workshop Olympics and other messy JAM activities. JAM delegates are encouraged to bring “have fun and get messy clothes” along with tennis shoes.

Note: Students will be assigned a roommate from a different school (so they can meet new friends!), so they will not be able to easily share items such as alarm clocks or hair dryers with friends from their school.


Don’t Forget!

❑ A watch

❑ Ties or jackets for gentlemen, dressy outfits for the ladies

❑ Sheets, pillow, blankets

❑ Sweatshirt

❑ Toiletries (soap, toothbrush, shampoo, deodorant, etc.)

❑ Towels and a swimsuit

❑ Tennis shoes

❑ Camera

❑ Alarm clock

❑ Backpack

❑ Change for vending machines

❑ Snacks for late-night munchies

❑ Notewriting supplies (markers, cool paper, stickers)

❑ We’ll have all kinds of Launch merchandise for sale, too,
so bring a few extra dollars for shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles, etc. if you’d like.


The primary concern of the Workshop Staff is the welfare of every delegate. As Workshop delegates and student leaders, your children are expected to conduct themselves in a way that reflects positively on themselves and their communities. Here
are the guidelines delegates are expected to follow:

1. Delegates are required to attend all scheduled Workshop events. In case of illness or injury, delegates should notify a Staffer immediately.

2. Delegates must stay on campus for the duration of Workshop. Written parental permission and prior Staff approval are required for any exceptions.

3. Delegates are not to smoke or be in possession of any tobacco products.

4. Delegates may not go onto dorm floors or rooms that house members of the opposite sex, except during check-in and check-out times.

5. Delegates are asked to cooperate with scheduled on-floor and in-room times each evening. The residence hall entrances will be locked between midnight
and 6 am.

6. As guests of the college, delegates are expected to observe applicable laws and campus policies (i.e., no use or possession of alcohol or illegal drugs, no destruction of campus facilities or property, etc.).

7. Delegates are asked to wear their name tags at all times. These serve as Workshop meal tickets and identify the delegate as part of Workshop.

8. Delegates may not have outside visitors during Workshop.

9. Delegates are asked to avoid vulgar language, inappropriate attire, etc.

Parents will be contacted if a delegate does not comply with these guidelines, and delegates may be dismissed from the Workshop without a refund. In past years, our delegates have been extremely cooperative and mature in following these rules.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Just what is JAM Workshop?

A: JAM Workshop is a five day, intensive training seminar to help students develop their leadership skills. Working in both small and large groups, Workshop delegates will participate in a fun-filled, challenging and diverse curriculum encouraging delegates to be three-dimensional leaders with personal, interpersonal and group leadership skills. Not only will the Staff share information and experiences with the delegates, but delegates will participate in group challenges and activities, helping each other learn, grow and apply the lessons they’ve learned to real life.

Q: Who is in charge of the JAM Workshop?

A: All of our Workshops are facilitated by members of the Launch Volunteer Staff, a dedicated team of educators, professionals, and college students. Most of our Staff members are past Workshop delegates who have continued attending Workshop as Staffers (some for longer than 30 years!) to give back some of what they got out of Workshop. The Staff has spent all year planning and training and will provide supervision and security for the delegation. (Campus security personnel will be duty at all times during the Workshop.)

Q: What if my student needs medical attention?

A: As part of the Workshop registration process, delegates provide a medical release with insurance, health history, allergies, and other medication information. Staffers trained in CPR and First-Aid will be on-site in Wayne, and there is a hospital adjacent to the Wayne State College campus. In the event of a medical emergency, Staffers will contact the Wayne State campus security office, who will then transport the delegate to the hospital. (Note: the Wayne State campus security staff is available 24/7, and there will always be someone on duty.) Guardians are notified immediately. If a delegate requires additional arrangements, please contact the Workshop Director prior to Workshop (contact information at the end of this letter).

Q: How can I get in touch with my child during the week?

A: Mail may be sent to delegates and Staff c/o Launch Workshop, Wayne State College, Wayne, NE 68787. If necessary, the Staff can be reached via phone by calling (402) 437-0011. As a Staff, we are also always available through our email account at: workshop@launchleadership.org. Delegates may use cell phones to call home during free time; however, these should be left in the delegates’ rooms during scheduled activities. 

Q: Can I get a refund if my student backs out at the last minute?

A: Unfortunately, we cannot issue refunds for cancellations made later than June 1 or July 1, for Workshop 1 and Workshop 2, respectively. Refund requests must be made in writing to the Workshop Director via email to: workshop@launchleadership.org. All cancellations are assessed a $50 processing fee.

Q: Where is this year’s Workshop? When should we arrive?

A: Wayne State College will host Workshop on their beautiful campus. Wayne, Nebraska, is about 100 miles northwest of Omaha, 30 miles northeast of Norfolk. The college is on the north edge of town, just off Nebraska Highway 15. Check-in begins at 12:30 pm and ends at 2:30 pm, just outside of the Student Center, north of Bowen Residence Hall. See the map of Wayne State College below. Grab grub before you arrive because no lunch will be served during check-in, and students may not leave campus once Workshop begins. We recommend carpooling or using mass transportation, both for safety and to save on gas money. Guardians and advisers are welcome to stay for the Opening Session, which begins promptly at 3:00 pm in Ramsey Theatre. We’d also love to extend an invitation for guardians and advisers to attend our Workshop Closing on our final day at 12:30 pm, also in Ramsey Theatre. NOTE: There is NO early check-in and NO on-site registration.

Q: I’ve read the ENTIRE letter and my question wasn’t answered. Now what?

A: You can view an additional FAQ here. If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Workshop Director, Kalissa Holdcraft, via email at workshop@launchleadership.org.