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Adventures in Leadership visits West Virginia

Adventures in Leadership, a First-Year Summer Experience, took 64 incoming students to the New River Gorge in West Virginia for some whitewater rafting and leadership development.

Whitewater Rafting on the New River

A tradition that has spanned two decades continued this year when students in the Adventures in Leadership Program traveled to West Viriginia in late June. This First-Year Summer Experience is offered twice over two weeks and allows for 32 students each week to partake in the adventure.

The groups spend the first night on campus and are divided into specific small groups that they will be with for the remainder of the trip. The next morning, the small groups go through the Elon Challenge Course and develop leadership and communication skills through various elements such as the Trust Fall. Then it is off to West Virignia to go rock climbing, rappeling and hiking the first day along with cooking their own meal that night.

The next two days are spent on the New River whitewater rafting and camping overnight on the river. This year the water level was higher than usual so all of the participants were able to experience Class IV and V rapids. The participants spend their last night back on campus and enjoy the last group activities together. The next morning features a brunch and a fun, casual awards banquet in which the groups conduct skits and are nominated for superlatives.

A group picture after the awards banquet during the second week of AIL.

This year the student faciliators who led the groups were Bethany Davis, Marika Rafte, Elizabeth Fraser, Michelle Stocker, Kristyn Julian, Danny Bavis, Bryan Cross and Nate Tietbohl. The student coordinator who supervised the participants and facilitators was Sean Barry. The faculty/staff advisers for the trip were Carol Smith, Cara McFadden, Steve Mencarini and Brandon MacCallum.



Brandon MacCallum,
7/8/2013 8:20 AM