California has always been an innovation leader.  During this five-day program in Los Angeles, students will look at the ingredients to innovation that will serve them well in their college careers.  The program will include an opening day of orientation followed by three themed days in Balance, Creativity and Effort.  Each day will include team and individual based activities geared towards both personal and community goals while incorporating Elon’s Isabella Cannon Center’s philosophy, “think globally, act locally.”  Evening activities will include video presentations, discussions around the history of Elon University, as well as reflections on the day’s experiences.  Participants will learn about innovation through stories and national examples, explore ways to balance adult life personally and in groups, become familiar with techniques and common practices of creative people. 


July 29-August 2, 2017


Program Cost: $960

Deposit: $480

Forms to Complete: 

Registration information can be found here.

Download the following forms and email to

What to Expect:

Arrival: Participants flying in should schedule flights to arrive between 10:00am and 4:00pm. Plan to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or Bob Hope Airport (BUR). A staff advisor will pick you up at baggage claim. Students driving, should arrive at Toluca Hills Apartments by Avalon (3600 Barham Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90068) between 12:00pm and 4:00pm.
Activities will primarily occur in the Los Angeles area.  Activities include:
• Hiking
• Meeting Elon alumni in Los Angeles
• Visit to the Griffith Park Observatory
• Tour of the TLC Chinese Theatre in Hollywood
• Bike excursions at Santa Monica and Venice Beaches
• Each student will create a photo journal of experience

Departure: Staff advisors will take students from Toluca Hills to airports on Wednesday, August 2. Participants flying out should schedule departure flights before 1:00 pm. Students leaving via car from Toluca Hills should schedule a pick up before 10:00am.

What to Bring: 

• Sunscreen
• Toiletries
• Bathing Suit
• Beach Towel
• Water bottle
• Shoes for hiking
• Clothes you can get dirty
• Closed toed shoes for hiking
• Jacket or sweater for evenings
• Spending money (optional for purchasing items from local businesses)
Each Toluca Hills Apartment is furnished. Items provided are: bedding, towels and kitchen appliances.

Meet the Staff:

Jen Guy Metcalf, Staff Advisor
J McMerty, Staff Advisor and Director of Elon in LA