Established in 1995 as a way to teach young people essential free enterprise principles, the Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge (FELC) is a five-day summer program for high school students.  FELC is a program of the Jesse Helms Center, a non-profit organization based in Wingate, North Carolina.  Students spend the night on college campuses, working during the day to start their own company.  With activities ranging from speech contests to a commercial competition, students experience free enterprise firsthand and learn how to start and lead a business.


June 15-19 at Wingate University (Wingate, NC)

July 6-10 at Palm Beach Atlantic University (West Palm Beach, FL) 

July 13-17 at Hillsdale College (Hillsdale, MI) 

July 20-24 at Campbell University (Buies Creek, NC) 

Summer 2014 Registration is now closed.

If you'll be a rising sophomore, junior or senior in high school at the start of the school year, you are eligible to apply.  While your academic background and leadership experience can be important factors, the quality of your short answers can be just as important.  FELC wants dedicated, enthusiastic students who are committed to participating during the week.  No business knowledge is required.  The summer 2014 tuition is $125 (covers meals, housing and all activities).  

What do educators think about FELC?


“The Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge is unlike most summer camps.  Our students came back to school not only with a renewed focus on ethical leadership but also with a new sense of confidence to apply what they’ve learned.  The core principles these students learn are crucial as they prepare for college and the workforce.”


-- John Amanchukwu, N.C. School Principal

What do students think about FELC?


"The days spent at camp have truly ignited a fire in me to do something for the world and speak up for the things I believe in. It also has taught me how much I value being an American citizen which is why I should do all in my power to preserve the power invested in me by the founding fathers."

-Rima Patel, 2012 FELC Graduate

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