2 Weeks / Noncredit

Team and Leadership Academy

Sat. June 30 & Sun. July 1 mandatory move-in & orientation 

Class runs July 2 – July 13, 2018 

The Summer College Team and Leadership Academy challenges students to push their comfort zone, test their understanding of what it means to be a member of a team, and the qualities of good leadership. Critical skill development will be at the core of this experiential program.  Students will explore and develop their skills in communication, trust, collaboration, creativity, adaptability, and problem solving.

This adventure in teamwork and leadership will kick your summer into high gear! Following the initial program orientation and progressing through a series of team-oriented activities, icebreakers and initiatives on the SU Quad, the Outdoor Education Center on SU’s South Campus will be the base of operations. Throughout the duration of the program, students will spend days working with peers on developing team and leadership development skills on SU’s indoor and outdoor high element challenge course.

Students will also take part in multiple adventure day trips off-campus, including our culminating trip to the Black River in Watertown.  The group will spend the day implementing everything learned over the course of the program by paddling through adventure class whitewater in an inflatable raft. Not only will students have an opportunity to experience all that the challenge course has to offer (including the 25-foot “Leap of Faith”) but also “learn the ropes” of challenge course facilitation, along with a variety of leadership skills that will help students’ journey to college. Understanding the value of community, trust building, effective communication, resiliency and determination, as well as the ability to think through and solve problems, not only as an individual, but also as a contributing member of a team will be paramount.

Guest lectures and workshops facilitated by teamwork and leadership experts will add to the regular daily sessions on the Outdoor Education Center challenge course and program trips.

This class is currently limited to 15 students.

Required course supplies/materials: – Refillable Water Bottle – Athletic Style Clothing – Closed Toe Sneakers or Hiking Boots – Swimsuit or comfortable water clothing for whitewater rafting and swimming. – Sunscreen

Topics covered include but are not limited to: • Experiential Learning Model • Stages of Group Development • Leadership and Personality Styles • Emotional Intelligence • Effective Communication • Community and Relationship Building • Basic Challenge Course Facilitation • Belay Technique • Proper Use and Care of Challenge Course Equipment

Program Costs:

Note: Session 1 and Session 2 are exactly the same- only the dates are different.

Please visit our program costs page for more detailed information.

*Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

*Students must be 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date.

Staff Bio’s

Scott Catucci – Associate Director for Outdoor Education and Student Development

Scott started at Syracuse University in January 2005, as the first full-time professional staff member to oversee the Outdoor Education Program. During his time at Syracuse University, Scott has grown and expanded the Outdoor Education Program, adding a team building and leadership development component to the existing program, including the Outdoor Education Center and both and indoor and outdoor high element challenge course in the summer of 2011 and 2013 respectively. His favorite past times include spending time with family and friends, and being active in the outdoors, as well as writing and playing his own original music on both guitar, drums and vocals.


Mark Trumbo – Student-Athlete Engagement and S-Project Coordinator

In June 2016, Trumbo launched The S-Project. This unique, comprehensive program was designed to equip Syracuse student-athletes with the skills and knowledge to have a successful career at Syracuse University and beyond. This outcome-based life skills program is focus on 4 areas: Career Readiness, Financial Education, Healthy Relationships and Wellness, and Personal Development. The program partners with various campus resources and leverages opportunities available to all Syracuse students. Programming is specifically designed to engage student-athletes in all stages of their career at Syracuse.

Trumbo also advises the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).  SAAC is comprised of student-athlete representatives from all 20 varsity sports.  During the 2015-16 academic year, SAAC won the prestigious “One University” Award given by the Chancellor recognizing the group as the top Student Organization on campus and their collaborative efforts with campus.

Prior to joining the Orange Trumbo worked at Ball State University where he held a similar position for more than four years. In his time at Ball State he provided academic service to more than 450 student-athletes. Trumbo created the SASS Choice Award for upperclassmen male and female student-athletes who showed a high interest in pursuing academic achievement. In addition, he started the TAKE FLIGHT student-athlete development program, which focused on leadership, career and personal development.

Trumbo is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletes (N4A). Trumbo served as Chair for the Research Committee from 2014-2015.  Trumbo earned a bachelor’s degree in personal finance and real estate from Clarion University. He received his Master’s degree in physical education sports management with a concentration in higher education from Ball State.