Adventures in Leadership 2022 Sessions

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Registration for AIL 2022 opens on March 1st.

Session 1: Zipline, Hike, and Explore Western North Carolina
July 10-14 | $400
Capacity: 28

Participants on Session 1 will travel to western North Carolina and explore Nantahala National Forest. You’ll meet on campus and spend a day getting to know Elon before heading off to the mountains. We’ll spend a day ziplining through the canopy, getting a bird’s eye view of the trees. Then we’ll spend a few days hiking and exploring one-of-a-kind lakes and trails around Western North Carolina. Each night, we’ll camp in Nantahala. No ziplining or camping experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything! You can expect about 3-4 miles of hiking per day on this active session.

Session 2: Paddling on the Outer Banks
July 10-14 | $400
Capacity: 16

Participants on Session 2 will travel to eastern North Carolina and explore NC’s beautiful beaches. You’ll meet on campus and spend time getting to know Elon before heading off to the coast. Once there, you’ll  kayak, surf, sandboard, spend time on the beach, camp, and experience all the local town has to offer. No camping or paddling experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything! You can expect about 3-4 miles of hiking or paddling per day on this moderately active session.

Session 3: Local Adventures
July 17-21 | $250
Capacity: 28

Participants on Session 3 will explore the local Elon area and stay in a residence hall for part of the program. You’ll also spend time camping at a local park. You’ll be able to spend time getting more familiar with campus resources and participate in a variety of adventures around the local area. Participants should expect to hike, paddle, explore and enjoy nature throughout the week. We’ll introduce you to local ways to get outside and enjoy natural spaces near campus. No experience necessary-we’ll teach you everything you need to know! You can expect about 2-3 miles of hiking or paddling per day on this moderately active session.

Session 4: Standup Paddleboarding and Fishing
July 17-21 | $350
Capacity: 14

Participants on Session 4 will travel to western North Carolina and explore NC’s beautiful mountains and lakes. You’ll meet on campus and spend time getting to know Elon before heading off to the woods. Once there, you’ll learn how to paddleboard, practice your fishing skills, and enjoy some great hikes around the local area. No paddling or fishing experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything! You can expect about 3-4 miles a day on this active session.

Session 5: Whitewater Rafting and Rock Climbing
July 24-29 | $500
Capacity: 24

Participants on Session 5 will travel to western North Carolina and explore beautiful 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. No rafting or climbing experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything! You can expect about 4-5 miles of hiking per day on this active session.

Session 6: Backpacking
July 24-29 | $400
Capacity: 24

Participants on Session 6 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 and nights backpacking and camping on the Art Loeb trail before returning to campus. No backpacking experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything! You can expect about 5-7 miles of hiking per day on this very active session.

Meet the 2022 AIL Staff!

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Sadie Smith (AIL Coordinator)

Year:

Sophomore

A Little About Me:

Hi! I’m a Strategic Communications and International and Global Studies major from San Diego, CA. I really like to take long walks on the beach, lay in a hammock, and watch the clouds go by. I love every outdoor activity from rock climbing to skiing. You can find me wandering the aisles of Trader Joe’s or eating pickles. I’m so stoked for AIL this summer!

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Rhodes Neese (AIL Coordinator)

Year:

Senior

A Little About Me:

Hey everyone! I’m an Applied Mathematics major with a minor in Philosophy from Greensboro, NC. I enjoy climbing trees, playing outside, hanging with my friends, contemplating the meaning of things. I tried my first salad at Elon (in 7th grade). My favorite part about Elon is the community I’ve formed and getting to work with all my best friends. I’m so excited to meet you all this summer!

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JT Binkowitz (AIL Coordinator)

Year:

Senior

A Little About Me:

I’m a double major in Adventure-Based Learning and Psychology from Westfield, New Jersey. I’ve got lots of passions but I’ll highlight my interest in mental health, backpacking, cooking for friends and soccer. I’m hyped up for this summer and can’t wait to have an awesome summer with you!

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Mandi Jaffe (AIL Coordinator)

Year:

Junior

A Little About Me:

Hi y’all! My name is Mandi Jaffe, and I’m a double major in Adventure-Based Learning and Communication Design with a minor in Peace and Conflicts Studies from Parkland, FL. I love being outdoors and participating in activities such as backpacking, kayaking, and rock climbing! I enjoy hammocking, being with friends, and traveling. I am looking forward to this summer and can’t wait to meet all of you!

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Julia Lee (AIL Facilitator)

Year:

Junior

A Little About Me:

Hi! I’m a junior from Vienna, Virginia, and am a Human Services major with minors in Early Childhood and Psychology. I love all things outdoor adventure! Mountain biking, rock climbing, backpacking, and water sports are some of my favs. More specifically…I love walking in nature barefoot and climbing trees! I’m also into doing anything where I can use my creativity, arts and crafts, soccer, cookies, and running:) I’m so excited for this summer and I can’t wait to meet you!

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Ben May (AIL Facilitator)

Year:

Senior

A Little About Me:

I’m a senior from Burlington, NC and am an Adventure Based Learning major with minors in Human Resource Management and Business Administration. I love the outdoors and the opportunities it gives me to connect and bond with people. I enjoy things such as backpacking, slacklining, rock climbing, paddle sports, golf, cooking, and simply staying active. I am stoked to meet everyone and grow through these excursions, it’s incredible what you can learn about yourself via the outdoors and self-reflection!

Jules Schiano (AIL Facilitator)

Year:

Senior

A Little About Me:

I’m Juliana (but most people call me Jules). I like: cool socks, funny bumper stickers, overalls, quesadillas, blue raspberry popsicles, service, hammocking, Shel Silverstein, Dawn dish soap, my camera (Helen), and ur mom jokes. I really don’t like: un-capped pens, garnish, the color beige, itchy sweaters, stretched out hair ties and Sheetz (#wawa4life). I’ve bopped all over campus at the radio station, club frisbee, service trips, orientation and tour-guiding, but I have yet to be involved in AIL. I love being outside and can’t wait to meet incoming first-years while chilling in the great outdoors!

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Gabby Witherell (AIL Facilitator)

Year:

Sophomore

A Little About Me :

Hi my name Gabby. I love love love going on adventures and I thrive in the outdoors. I am so excited to meet the first years, tell them all about Elon, and watch them make friendships. My favorite Elon memory is the spring break trip I took to Joshua Tree and the Grand Canyon with ELOA.

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Genevieve Emerson (AIL Facilitator)

Year:

Senior

A Little About Me:

Hi everyone! I am so excited to meet all of you 🙂
Ever since taking a gap year after graduating high school, I realized that outside is the best place to be. My favorite things to do are skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and backpacking, but I also love just swinging in a hammock. Talk to me about music, tarot cards, why mountains are better than the beach, or all the ways yerba maté is better than coffee. I did AIL before my first year at Elon, and the connections I’ve made through it have been some of the strongest I have at Elon. Fun fact: my family has six chickens. Can’t wait for this summer!

Jordan Smith (AIL Facilitator)

Year:

Junior

A Little About Me:

I’m an Adventure-Based Learning and Human Service Studies major with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (a mouthful!). I’m from Carrboro (Chapel Hill), NC and will be abroad this coming fall studying gender and sexuality in the Netherlands. I love traveling, cooking, driving with the windows down, playing board and video games, camping and generally being outdoors. My favorite food is pasta but my favorite thing to make is chocolate chip cookies. I also have many years experience in technical theater and have helped with some Elon Theater sets. Excited to meet you all!

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Sam Goldberg (AIL Facilitator)

Year:

Senior

A Little About Me:

I am from a town called Sandwich which is on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. I love golf but I also love skiing backpacking climbing hiking whitewater kayaking pretty much anything that has to do with the outdoors. Elon has given me a great opportunity to do what I love to do and learn from it at the same time. Im so excited to show people the beauty of Elon and the beauty of the outdoors.

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Elliot Rezek (AIL Facilitator)

Year:

Junior

A Little About Me:

Howdy! I’m a Media Analytics and Statistics major from Starkville, MS. Go Dawgs! I love spending countless hours in my hammock and taking naps like there’s no tomorrow. My favorite outdoor activities are hiking and canoeing. My favorite things in the whole world are card games and Dungeons and Dragons so if you get me talking about those I’ll never stop. So excited to meet y’all this summer!

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Lucy Driskill (AIL Facilitator)

Year:

Sophomore

A Little About Me:

Hi everyone! My name is Lucy Driskill and I’m from Arlington VA, I’m majoring in international and global studies with a minor in adventure-based learning. Being at Elon has given me a great opportunity to get involved with the outdoors, I joined the OLC (10/10 recommend) and I now work for Elon Challenge! Some of my favorite outdoor activities are backpacking, rock climbing, hammocking and I love playing soccer. I’m super excited to get to know all of you this summer 🙂

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Isaac Moles (AIL Facilitator)

Year:

Sophomore

A Little About Me:

I went to small Quaker schools for middle and high school. I spent most of my summers hiking and canoeing at overnight camps run by Baltimore Yearly Meeting. I fill my free time with way too many hobbies: ceramics, hiking, archery, canoeing, rock climbing, playing soccer, going on runs, writing fiction, frisbee, and probably a few more I missed. I have found a home at Elon and during AIL I can’t wait to show everyone how awesome it is here! My favorite experience at Elon so far has been going to hanging rock and watching the sunset with everyone on my floor.

Photo of Liv Solis (AIL Facilitator)

Liv Solis (AIL Facilitator)

Year:

Senior

A Little About Me:

Hi, I’m Liv! I like pineapple pizza, warm weather, and naps. With my college years almost over, I’ve come to embrace a life that makes me happy… simple, right? I find happiness in new and exciting opportunities. I’ve loved some and disliked others, but appreciated every experience. I’m excited to be an AIL facilitator so I can help others find what makes them happy!

 

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