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  • Where will the seminar be held?
    Montana State University in Bozeman.
  • When will the seminar be held?
    The seminar begins with Opening Ceremonies at 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 6, 2024 and ends with Closing Ceremonies at 12:00 P.M. on Sunday, JUNE 9, 2023. You must be present for the entire seminar, including overnight.
  • Where should I go when I arrive?
    An email will be sent prior to the seminar with detailed instructions for check in. A room key deposit of $40 is required. Please come prepared with either cash or check. Checks are to be made payable to "HOBY Montana".
  • 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 caretakers are invited.
  • What are accommodations like?
    Participants will be assigned to a dorm room on floors reserved exclusively for the seminar. Everyone is to bring their own personal toiletries, sheets, blankets, pillows, and a towel. Everyone will receive nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Participants should plan on eating before arrival; the first meal provided will be dinner on Thursday, June 1st. On the Medical History Records Form, please indicate any special dietary considerations, including vegetarianism, and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • What should I bring?
    We have a suggested packing list here!
  • What if I need to take medication while I'm at the seminar?
    Please provide information about your medication on the Medical History Records Form and bring the Physician Medication Verification Form with you to the seminar. Make sure to read and comply with the Policy for Use of Medication During a HOBY Event.
  • If necessary, how may I be contacted during the seminar?
    Parents, friends, and family members are discouraged from calling students during the seminar due to the disruption caused to panels and activities. In case of emergency, your parent(s) or guardian may call Mackenzie Spence at (406) 241-2671. The seminar will be chaperoned by qualified adults who will be staying at the facility 24 hours a day.
  • Who pays for the seminar?
    Your school, parent, or other sponsor group has paid a Registration Fee. You are responsible for 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?
    Participants will be given a HOBY t-shirt to wear for the duration of the weekend. Please wear appropriate semi-casual business clothing in addition to your t-shirt. Sunday is a “dress-up” day for our Closing Ceremonies. There will also be a dance during the program and the participants are allowed to change into comfortable, appropriate casual clothing.
  • What transportation arrangements have been made?
    You are responsible for your transportation to and from the seminar. Please include all details of your itinerary on the enclosed Participant Confirmation Form. If you have last minute transportation problems up to June 1st, please notify Mackenzie Spence at (406) 241-2671.
  • What if I am unable to attend the seminar?
    If circumstances arise that prevent you from attending the entire seminar, including overnight, we would like to give another student the opportunity to attend. Please return these forms to the person at your school who selected you, and follow up with a call to Mackenzie Spence at (406) 241-2671.
  • Who may I contact with additional questions?
    Additional questions or concerns should be directed to Mackenzie Spence at (406) 241-2671 or
  • What action should I take now?
    There is nothing you need to do right now. Just be ready for an OUTSTANDING four days!
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