It’s HOBY Week!

It’s HOBY Week!

The 2024 HOBY Ohio South Youth Leadership Seminar will take place this Thursday–Sunday, June 6–9, at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.

What to Expect at Check-In

  • Please arrive between 12:30pm and 1:30pm! We are not able to accept early arrivals, and we will begin the program promptly at 1:30pm! Remember to eat lunch before you arrive.
  • Please park in the parking lot adjacent to McCoy and Harrison Halls on the campus of Marietta College. There will be signage and HOBY staff members along the route to guide you, and you can use the address above for navigation apps. If you’d like more detailed directions, those are available here.
  • Our on-site nurse will collect all prescription medication at check-in. Please bring only what you need for the duration of the seminar, and ensure that all medication is in its original container as labeled by the pharmacy.
  • Once we’ve checked you in, families are invited to help their ambassador move into their dorm room which will be adjacent to the parking area. Then, say goodbye until Sunday!

Family Program, Closing Ceremonies, and Check-Out

  • We invite all ambassadors’ families to join us on the afternoon of Sunday, June 9 for our Family Program immediately followed by our Closing Ceremonies. These events will be held at Marietta College’s Fenton Court in the Dyson-Baudo Recreation Center. Families can use the same directions as check-in, and park in the same parking lot. HOBY volunteers will be on site to guide you to the event from there.
    • Our Family Program will begin at 1:30pm on Sunday, and will provide families with a glimpse into what we’ve been up to at HOBY!
    • Ambassadors will then join us for the Closing Ceremonies, which will conclude around 3pm. At that time, families will be reunited with their ambassador to move out of the dorm rooms and check-out. Most families depart Marietta between 3:30 and 4:00.

Other Reminders

  • If you haven’t already, please make sure to pay your key deposit to save time at check-in
  • Check out our Seminar FAQs which have more details on the sort of program to expect, accommodations, etc.
  • Please give our suggested packing list a read. Some highlights:
    • Mattresses are provided in the dorms, but you’ll need to pack your own Twin XL or Queen sheets, a blanket, and a pillow
    • The dorms and all program spaces are air-conditioned (but we will be outside a lot!)
    • You’ll also need to pack a towel and all toiletries
    • We will provide HOBY t-shirts to wear Friday and Saturday, but you may want a more fun or stylish outfit for our HOBY Dance Saturday night! Dress code for Sunday is business casual – details are in the packing list!

If you need anything at all in the mean time just reach out to us at [email protected], or call or text us at (740) 500-HOBY(4629). We’re here for you!

See you Thursday!

Get Ready for HOBY!

2024 HOBY Ohio South Ambassadors and Families,

Congratulations on being chosen as a 2024 HOBY Ambassador! Soon, you will join other outstanding sophomores (we call you ambassadors at HOBY) from across Ohio for an unforgettable weekend of leadership development, skill building, and fun. We can’t wait to meet you.

This year’s HOBY Ohio South Leadership Seminar will be held June 6-9, 2024 at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. Before you can join us, we ask that you please complete a series of Pre-Seminar Materials.

You must complete the Pre-Seminar Materials online before you can attend the seminar. These forms are due Monday, May 13, 2024An email was sent to all parent and ambassador email addresses that were provided, but the forms only need to be filled out once for each ambassador. If you did not receive this email, please reach out to us at [email protected] so we can get you added to our email list.

Some important information:

  • We recommend you complete the forms in one sitting. There is a feature to save your work and return using a special link, but if you lose the link we cannot help you recover it. The forms usually take 20-30 minutes to complete.
  • Each ambassador should complete these forms along with a parent or guardian. Signatures are required throughout from both the ambassador and a legal guardian.
  • Have a headshot photo, such as a yearbook picture or nice selfie, ready to upload. These are only used internally to help our all-volunteer staff get to know each ambassador before the seminar.

We’ll be in touch plenty between now in the seminar, but if you just can’t wait (we can’t blame you!) you can check out some additional information like FAQs and a suggested packing list on the Getting Ready page of our website.

Again, we’re so excited to meet you in just a couple short months! If you have any questions in the meantime please don’t hesitate to reply to this email, reach out to us at [email protected], or call or text us at (740) 500-HOBY(4629). We’re here to help!