LEAP: Leadership Enrichment Adventure Program

What is LEAP?
LEAP is Drury's Leadership Enrichment Adventure Program which is organized through the Office of Transitional Programs. It is a 4-day excursion into the heart of the Ozarks that takes place each summer between Freshman First Day and New Student Orientation. The focus of LEAP is to accelerate friendships, enhance communication and social skills, and strengthen the ability for incoming freshmen to handle challenges in a fun, safe and educational environment.

Why participate in LEAP?
All three sections of LEAP provide an opportunity for Drury’s incoming freshmen to experience team building initiatives at the Leadership Ranch on the first day. Students who are interested in having a meaningful experience with other new students, whether they are participating in the Outdoor, Service or Science Immersion trip, are encouraged to register.

Outdoor Immersion
June 28-July 1, 2014 or July 9-12, 2014

Prior experience or knowledge of outdoor adventure activities is not necessary. Students will be accompanied by Drury staff and supervised by professionals during all activities.

College is a great time to learn and hone leadership skills. Through interactive discussions and self-assessments, students will develop a basic understanding of the 7 leadership skills used by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and how to apply those skills throughout their time in college. By the end of LEAP, students will be able to:

  • Identify the 7 leadership skills selected by NOLS that will increase your likelihood for success
  • Discuss how to apply these skills
  • Reflect on your own abilities as a leader and identify strengths
  • Draft a development plan intentionally grow and practice your leadership skills

LEAP provides the opportunity to engage in outdoor adventure activities through team building initiatives, canoeing, camping, climbing and rappelling, and is sequenced to accommodate varying abilities and levels of experience. Incoming students interested in having a meaningful wilderness experience with other new Drury students are encouraged to register.

Total cost: $300 per student
Registration closes: June 1, 2014

Service Immersion
June 28-July 1, 2014

Through participating in community service projects, team building exercises, and engaging with speakers and campus leaders, students will develop a broader understanding of their role of being a transformative leader in today’s society.

Students will:

  • Become motivated to challenge what is, while working towards what could be.
  • Get to know upperclassmen who are leaders at Drury as well as alumni who are working to create positive, sustainable social change in the Springfield community.
  • Learn about area nonprofits and the issues they address.
  • Engage in hands-on, direct community service projects.

Total cost: $250 per student
Registration closes: June 1, 2014

Science Immersion
June 28-July 1, 2014

During these four days, you will:

  • Meet other incoming first-year students who share your interest in science and learning.
  • Work closely with Drury science faculty as you tackle real-world science problems.
  • Meet upperclassmen majoring in science who are leaders in the Drury community.
  • Build teamwork and leadership skills with your LEAPmates and those in other LEAP programs.
  • Gain skills, knowledge and awareness of resources to help you succeed in college science courses.
  • Build a better understanding of college-level learning, and how to successfully transition from high school.
  • Learn about some of the fascinating things science is discovering about our world.
  • Have a lot of fun!

Total cost: $300 per student
Registration closes: June 1, 2014

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds will be issued up to two weeks in advance, and half refunds will be issued with 13 days or less notice. Written notice is required for cancellation refunds and should be emailed to Emily Givens at egivens@drury.edu

Register for one of the LEAP sessions here.

If you have any questions about LEAP you may contact Emily Givens, Director of Transitional Programs at (417) 873-6894 or egivens@drury.edu.