Parents & Guardians

So, your teen wants to come to TLC, and you’re wondering what we are all about? We’re glad you checked in with us!


Teen Leadership Conference began at Clarks Summit University in 1969 and was the vision of Coach Jim Huckaby. Rather than a sports camp, he developed a plan for a week-long leadership conference for high school students and youth leaders.

TLC is not camp; it is not church; and it is not a spiritual life conference for students. It is a week focused on challenging students to become leaders in their churches, schools and communities. Our speakers will communicate God’s Word in a relevant, thought-provoking and interactive way that is intended to produce heart change and a ministry mindset.

Students enjoy hanging out and getting to know new friends who believe in Christ and face the same challenges and struggles they do. We are confident your student will come home with a different spirit and attitude than when he or she left.


Our conference is staffed by experienced Clarks Summit University personnel and college-age counselors. All of our counselors have gone through a careful selection process and comprehensive training program led by former youth pastors, directors and current conference director Nate Mewhort. You can also count on a safe and secure campus environment carefully supervised by our TLC staff and Clarks Summit University security force.


Your son or daughter will be housed in our residence halls and eat in our cafeteria. You can be sure that they’ll get plenty to eat and will have very comfortable housing. Youth workers who attend will stay in separate accommodations on our campus.


We hope you’ll browse our site and take the opportunity to learn all you can about TLC. We want you to be comfortable and confident before you send your student to Teen Leadership Conference.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the TLC office at 570–585–9354 or