Learners Exploring Academic Dreams (LEAD) Camp: June 25-30, 2023
Rising 9th - 12th Grade

The College of Education's Truman Pierce Institute, in partnership with Auburn University's Office of Outreach, is offering Loachapoka and Notasulga High School students a week-long residential university experience. The goal of the camp is to provide students with college-like experiences while developing the skills they will need to be admitted and successful in college, and later in life. This initiative is designed to provide students with hands-on experiences in various disciplines while enhancing their skills in technology and writing.

Typical program content includes:

  • Evening physical and social activities such as sports, swimming, games, movies, tournaments, etc.
  • Creative writing opportunities
  • Team building sessions
  • Exploration of the arts
  • Field trips to focus on social sciences
  • Opportunities to enhance computer skills
  • Participation in a Ropes Course designed to enhance self-confidence and leadership skills
  • Campus Tours
  • Practice test taking sessions
  • Meetings with admissions, financial aid, student activities and other key campus-based programs
  • Study skills development sessions

This camp is intended for rising 9th – 12th grade students.


Campers will reside in the Hill Dormitories. They are designed in suites consisting of two double-occupancy rooms connected by a bathroom.


Meals will be provided at The Edge at Central Dining. All dietary restrictions and allergies are taken into consideration for each meal.

Teresa Smoot
Teresa Smoot

Teresa Smoot joined the Truman Pierce Institute in October 2011 as a Special Projects Coordinator. She has numerous years in education experience as a teacher and an administrator. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Jacksonville State University. She also earned a B.S.E and M.S.E. with double majors in Biology and Political Science from Jacksonville State University. She earned an Administrative certification from Samford University. Teresa loves the idea that there are limitless opportunities for our children’s future endeavors.

There is no fee associated with this camp! All housing, food, transportation, and entry fees will be waived for all accepted Loachapoka High School students only.

Please read and submit this application to be considered for the 2023 Learners Exploring Academic Dreams (LEAD) Camp camp at Auburn University.

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Last Updated: January 18, 2023