Adventures in Leadership 2018 Programs

Week 1: Whitewater Rafting and Rock Climbing

July 8-13 | $500

Participants on Week 1 will travel to western North Carolina and explore Pisgah National Forest. You’ll meet on campus and spend a day getting to know Elon before heading to Pisgah. We’ll spend a day on the river, learning how to whitewater raft and practicing skills. Then we’ll spend a day rock climbing and canyoneering in one of the best climbing spots in the Southeast before hiking and exploring waterfalls around western North Carolina. Each night, we’ll camp in Pisgah. No rafting or climbing experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything!

Week 2: Local Adventures

July 15-18 | $200

Participants on Week 2 will live on campus for the duration of the program and will get a chance to experience living in a residence hall. We’ll spend time getting more familiar with campus and meeting faculty and staff before heading off to hike, paddle, and explore local areas. We’ll introduce you to local ways to get outside and enjoy nature while at school.

Week 3: Backpacking

July 22-27 | $300

Participants on Week 3 will meet at Elon before heading off to Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina for a week of backpacking. We use our time on campus to introduce you to Elon and teach you the skills you’ll need while on the trail. We will spend 3 days on the Art Loeb trail before returning to campus. No backpacking experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything!

Meet the AIL 2018 Staff

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Claire Thompson

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Favorite AIL Memory: Immersing in nature, meeting new friends, and being in the present moment

A Little About Me: I am a rising sophomore Communications Fellow double majoring in Strategic Communications and International & Global Studies. I enjoy getting outdoors, being pushed outside of my comfort zone, and making new friends. I have an endless amount of love for dogs, traveling (I backpacked around Southeast Asia and Europe on my gap year!), hiking, filmmaking, and singing!

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Emma Burns

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Favorite AIL Memory: AIL not only allowed me to head into college having a solid group of friends, but it also gave me the confidence to push myself out of my comfort zone. I’ve noticed this new-found confidence being applied in all aspects of my life.

A Little About Me: I’m a rising sophomore and I am currently searching for my major. I really enjoy the beach, sunsets, photography, smiling, good food, and impromptu dance parties. AIL was the best thing I could have done before entering college— it eased my transition into Elon and it was where I met some of my best friends.

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Georgi Roll

Hometown: Bloomington-Normal, IL

Favorite AIL Memory: The late-night laughs and friendships I built that made my transition to college so much less intimidating!

A Little About Me: I am a rising Sophomore and will possibly double major in Philosophy and Sociology but we shall see where the wind blows. I’m shamelessly a big fan of coffee and scrumptious foods, but am tragically allergic to far too many things to actively pursue this love of mine. Fear not though, I also love hiking, lakes, animals, adventures, and Bop It, and awesomely, none of those things are detrimental to my health. But most importantly, I love AIL, and I am so excited for this summer, hope to see you soon!

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Kevin Scott

Hometown: Kurume, Japan/Burlington, NC

Favorite AIL Memory: Coming out of my shell and creating a sense of comfort in those around me, to the point that I’d never experienced before.

A Little About Me: I’m a rising sophomore majoring in Biochemistry on the pre-med track. I was born in Kurume, Japan, but I’ve lived in Hawaii, California, and different areas in NC. AIL gave me many experiences that I know I’ll never forget, as I learned to be much more open and social, while also creating a support system. I’m truly excited to meet everyone and to have some great times with you all!

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Lizzy Weber

Hometown: Naperville, IL

Favorite AIL Memory: Unplugging from technology and spending time with new people who encouraged me to have fun and be myself!

A Little About Me: I’m a rising sophomore and I am currently going to major in either Journalism or History. My passions in life include singing (and dancing), running, reading, studying history, doing creative projects, playing cards with my family, listening to music and spending time with friends! During AIL I met wonderful people, had some great conversations, stargazed, laughed, got out of my comfort zone, and made some memories that I will never forget.

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Savannah Kile

Hometown: Point Lookout, NY

Favorite AIL Memory: The entire experience was amazing, but the best part was being around a group of new friends that loved me for me. I was never afraid to be myself, and it made me a more confident person.

A Little About Me: I am a rising sophomore and I am majoring in biochemistry! I am always up for a game of volleyball or ping pong, and while I don't have the best voice out there, I love to sing. Going on AIL was a life changing experience. It made me more confident in myself, calmed my nerves about starting at Elon, fostered a new passion for the outdoors and introduced me to some of my best friends.

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Topher Coomer

Hometown: Hunstville, AL

Favorite AIL Memory: Challenging myself through all of the activities we did during the week.

A Little About Me: I am the oldest sibling, with a brother and sister. I love history and can talk for hours about it. My nickname is Topher, which can be altered to Tofu, Toph, or Bopher. I enjoy the outdoors by going hiking, swimming, and biking. I learned through AIL that I could be whoever I wanted to be and that I shouldn’t be afraid to be myself around people. I learned that being your true authentic self makes people love you even more.

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Ryan Nolan

Hometown: Avon, CT

Favorite AIL Memory: Group talks, since it was a chance to open up to other participants.

A Little About Me: I’m a rising sophomore looking to major in Strategic Communications and Economics, although that could always change. I am also a huge sports fan, music lover, and a gigantic Star Wars buff. I loved AIL because of the friendships I made. AIL is a special group to be part of, so be excited!

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Nicole Roberts and Mikey Gibeley

Position: We are the student coordinators for AIL!

Hometown: Nicole: York, PA
Mikey: Topsfield, MA

Favorite AIL Memory: Meeting on AIL, becoming best friends, and pushing ourselves outside our comfort zones.

A Little About Us: Hello everyone! We are your AIL student coordinators! We have both been participants and facilitators ourselves, and this program means the world to us. We couldn’t be more excited to take on this summer with you and help you grow from your AIL experience!


Adventures In Leadership has been the best experience I’ve had at Elon. It opened my eyes to new ways of learning. It has opened the door to countless opportunities for me at Elon, including my minor, and most importantly it brought me to my best friends and helped me create lasting relationships with students and faculty members. AIL is the reason that I love Elon, and I will be forever grateful to this program for molding me into my best self, and fostering my love of the outdoors.

-Nicole Roberts ’20