Experience American history and government in our nation’s capital at the NSLC on U.S. History & Government for middle school students.

At the National Student Leadership Conference on U.S. History & Government, middle school students will explore the path to American democracy and the legislative process. With a focus on the monumental events of American History, students will engage in interactive simulations to better understand the role of the branches of government. Using the leadership skills developed during the program, our middle/junior high school students will consider how they can be advocates in their own communities.

Program Highlights

Leadership Development
Challenge yourself to move beyond your comfort zone and develop your leadership potential

Interactive Workshops
During interactive simulation students will play the role of America's founders and members of Congress

Fun & Engaging Trips & Tours
Visit the monuments, museums and institutions that make Washington, D.C. an amazing city

Hands-on Simulations

The NSLC on U.S. History & Government gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the challenging complexities of American history and the political system.

During the Congressional Simulation, you will use your powers of persuasion and negotiation skills as a member of Congress, as you turn a bill into law.

As part of the Federalist Simulation, you will step back into history and debate state’s rights versus the power of the federal government.

Fun & Engaging Trips & Tours

An important part of the NSLC middle school programs is seeing the sites around our nation’s capital. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and educational trips specifically tailored to explore U.S. History and Government.

Students are escorted on all field trips and stay within their TA Group or other supervised groups.

Trips may include:

American University

Mount Vernon | U.S. Capitol Tour | U.S. Supreme Court | National Archives | The Smithsonian Institute | American History Museum | Monument Tour

Georgetown University

Mount Vernon | U.S. Capitol Tour | U.S. Supreme Court | National Archives | The Smithsonian Institute | American History Museum | Monument Tour

Leadership Development

At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. From the beginning of your program you will learn to work as a team during an exciting Ropes Challenge Course. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to the U.S. History & Government program include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Public Speaking
  • Intrapersonal Communication


Program tuition includes housing (if application), all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during field trips and tours. Students will be held responsible for damage to rooms and lost room keys.

Residential Option: Residential students live on campus in a dormitory. This tuition includes room and on-campus meals. Students are housed with one or two roommates on a gender specific floor. The front desk of the dormitory is monitored 24-hours a day and NSLC staff live on the floor to provide supervision each night. A pillow, towel and bedsheets are included.

Commuter Option: Commuter students will check-in each morning between 7:00am-7:30am and check-out between 8:00pm-8:30pm each night. Commuter students are provided the same meals as residential students but the tuition rate does not include housing accommodations. Between 7:30am-8:00pm each day, we ask that students only be signed-out for medical or family emergencies.

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