Please note that this program is now closed and is not accepting additional students. You may be interested in this other program:

Program Overview

The Team and Leadership Academy is an in depth look at leadership and what that means today. Through a multi-faceted approach, students learn about leadership styles, effective communication, teamwork, what it means to be a leader in today’s society, and the leader they can become. Students will have the opportunity to work through team challenges, participate on the high and low ropes courses, complete a community service project, take part in lectures from leaders on SU’s campus, and put what they’ve learned about teamwork to the test with a white water rafting experience.

The Summer College Team and Leadership Academy challenges students to safely push through their comfort zones, 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.

Photo of Two students at outdoor education center zip lining
Two students at zip-lining at the Outdoor Education Center

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.

I was in Team and Leadership Development with Scott. That was THE MOST AMAZING EXPERIENCE OF MY ENTIRE EXISTENCE. I enjoyed every moment in that class. Every single thing we did, whether it was building a bridge out of wood or climbing ropes or walking on wires, somehow connected back to every day life.  -Allison G. Summer College Team and Leadership student, 2017.

Program Objectives

Topics covered include but are not limited to:

  • Basic theory of leadership and experiential education
  • Develop and enhance personal leadership skills
  • Students will learn and practice how to work effectively in groups
  • Apply what they’ve learned in a culminating real world experience

Learn more about Team and Leadership Academies:

Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bios

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Dates: Choose from 1 of 3 Sessions!*

  • Session I: June 29 – July 12, 2019
  • Session II: July 13 – July 26, 2019
  • Session III: July 27 – August 9, 2019

Duration: 2-weeks

*Note: Session I, Session II, and Session III are exactly the same- only the dates are different.


Credit: Noncredit
Grading System: Pass/Fail

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Costs:

  • Residential: $3,360*
  • Commuter: $2,566*

*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.

Program Requirements

Required Materials and Supplies

  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • Athletic Style Clothing
  • Closed Toe Sneakers or Hiking Boots
  • Swimsuit or comfortable water clothing for whitewater rafting and swimming
  • Sunscreen

Access to any computer will be helpful as students are required to complete a few writing assignments. No required textbooks – readings will be given/assigned in class and will not require additional texts.

Student Expectations

Students will be engaged in the program. This includes actively participating in majority of the activities, being respectful of guest presenters, showing up on time and being prompt and prepared for the day, returning to the program after breaks/lunches, not using cell phone while in session.

Students at Ropes Course on South Campus
Summer College students on ropes course at the Outdoor Education Center

Students should come with an attitude of openness and readiness to learn about themselves and to work to develop into more well-rounded leaders and people.

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.


Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Hours will vary slightly, but for the most part the days will run 9am -5pm, Monday – Friday. Students will arrive at the Outdoor Education Center (OEC) on south campus and will begin the day with discussion/games/team challenges. After that, students will begin the main activity for the day (high ropes, low ropes, etc.) Students will break for lunch and are able to catch a bus back to main campus to eat, and will then return to south campus to complete the rest of the activities for the day.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

Field Trips

In this course, you will go on several field trips.

  • Community Service Project Trip: In past years, this field trip consists of traveling to Fair Haven Beach State Park to pull invasive water chestnuts from lake.
  • Fire Safety and Nature Education Day trip to Green Lakes State Park to learn about fire safety and learn more about the local flora and ecology.
  • White water rafting as culminating trip experience to Watertown, NY – Adirondack River Outfitters

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to leave on their session end dates after 4:30pm upon the completion of their final class. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.

Faculty Bios

Scott Catucci – Associate Director for Outdoor Education and Student Development

Catucci 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, he 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, being active in the outdoors, and writing and playing his own original music on guitar, drums, and vocals.

Julie DeLeo – Outdoor Education Coordinator

DeLeo began working at Syracuse University as the Outdoor Education Coordinator in January of 2018. Though new to the SU program, she is very familiar with challenge courses and experiential education programming. DeLeo has worked with many populations over the years and has grown to appreciate each group for the personalities, challenges, and insights they bring. She is also a Certified Recreation Therapist and knows and appreciates the importance of recreation as therapy. When not rocking it out on the challenge course, DeLeo enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading books, gardening, watching movies, and spending time adventuring in the outdoors.

Ange Bradley – Head Coach, Field Hockey

Ange Bradley has turned the Syracuse University Orange into a field hockey powerhouse in her ten seasons at the helm, transforming the team into one of the nation’s top programs. That success reached its peak in 2015 when Bradley led the Orange to the first National Championship in program history and first national title by any women’s program at Syracuse University. This success earned Bradley the NFHCA National Coach of the Year honor for the second time in her career.

In April of 2018, Bradley will be inducted into the Goucher College Athletics Hall of Fame. Bradley led the Goucher Gophers’ field hockey team to its greatest run of success in program history during her four seasons as head coach. Her 1994 squad clinched the CAC Championship and earned the first NCAA Tournament bid in program history.

A native of Drexel Hill, Pa., Bradley earned a degree in Physical Education and was a four-year field hockey and lacrosse letter-winner at Delaware. She earned a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Northern Illinois in 1991. A goalkeeper for the Fightin’ Blue Hens, she holds school records in career shutouts (26) and career goals-against average (0.91), and ranks second in career saves with 477. Her collegiate accomplishments earned her entrance into the Blue Hen Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.

Coach Bradley believes that success in the classroom, on the athletic field, or in any profession begins with developing the skills and habits of working intelligence and refusing mediocrity. This process begins with a vision, self-leadership, goal setting, assembling a team around you, and a commitment to building your “brand” so you can achieve with purpose.

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.