July 16–July 23
For 40 years, the La Vida Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership at Gordon College has offered quality outdoor leadership-training programs for churches, schools, and youth organizations in New England and beyond. Elevate 2017 will introduce students to La Vida’s 30-element high and low ropes course, where students will further develop their teamwork and leadership potential.
Adventure learning on the ropes course provides students with opportunities to face immediate problems and work together to realize tangible results. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves, pushing their physical and mental boundaries in order to overcome barriers to teamwork and effective action. Each session on the ropes course is guided by a trained staff member and debriefed by a student mentor.
In addition to the problem-solving and leadership benefits of their adventure learning experience, students’ relationships with one another will deepen tremendously as they learn to support and help each other along. Adventure learning is for everyone and will encourage personal growth and character development at every level of experience. These experiences act as catalysts as students learn to solve problems and develop trusting relationships with one another, all within a fun and safe environment.
“Leadership is not really about power; it is about relationships. Good leaders understand that leadership is more than setting agendas and issuing orders. It is a relationship of mutual influence that advances collective effort.”
—D. Michael Lindsay, Gordon College president