Adventures in Leadership

Adventures in Leadership 2017


Adventures in Leadership (AIL) is an opportunity for incoming students to explore their personal leadership style while learning about leadership opportunities on Bellarmine’s campus. Students who participate in AIL will travel to Cedar Ridge Camp in Louisville, KY for this three day, two night experience, which will be July 29-31. There, students will engage in outdoor activities and leadership development sessions facilitated by Bellarmine staff and student leaders. This program is hosted by the Office of Service and Leadership as a First Year Summer Experience coordinated by the Student Activities Center.

Registration and Program Fee

Registration is open to the first 30 students who register. AIL is an off-campus experience and registration is $75. This fee covers your housing for the 3 day, 2 night experience plus all meals, transportation, activities and t-shirt. Registration requires a $25 online deposit. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email within two business days.

Payment Plan Options: payment plans are available for this experience. If you are interested in this option, please indicate such on the registration form below. Fee reductions are also available to qualifying students. See the registration form for more information.


July 29

  • Check-in at Bellarmine University: 10 a.m.
  • Pre-experience meeting with families: 10:30 a.m.
  • Students depart for Cedar Ridge: 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive at Cedar Ridge: noon
  • Introductory activities and small group time
  • Leadership development session 1
  • Evening activities and Knight Hike

July 30

  • Morning outdoor challenge course
  • Afternoon team building and leadership development session 2
  • Evening canoeing and campfire

July 31

  • Morning navigating and orienteering
  • Team building and afternoon leadership development session 3
  • Depart for campus: 3:30 p.m.
  • Arrive back at BU: 4 p.m.


How much does the program cost?
The cost for this program is $75, which includes a $25 non-refundable registration fee. The cost of the program covers the all meals, lodging, travel, t-shirt and activities on campus and at Cedar Ridge. Thirty (30) spaces are available for both sessions of Adventures in Leadership. Fee reductions and payment plans are available for eligible students. If you would like to apply for a fee reduction, please indicate such on the registration form.

What happens if I can’t come after I register?
Please email by July 15 if you can no longer attend. If we are notified by July 1, the student will receive a $50 reimbursement. Notifications obtained between July 1 and July 15 will receive a 50% reimbursement. 

What time should I arrive?
Check-in for Adventures in Leadership is on July 29 at 10 a.m. More information about check-in will be sent out once you have registered for the program.

Where will I be sleeping?
Students will spend two nights at Cedar Ridge Camp and Retreat Center. Up to 16 students can sleep in each cottage. See more information here.

Will I have a roommate?
Yes. Students will be separated into cottages by gender. Bathhouses will be located nearby for your convenience.  

Will I need to bring money?
All meals, snacks, beverages, transportation and supplies are provided to students at no cost. Additional money is not needed for this experience.  

Are parents/family members allowed to join in on sessions or participate in the program?
There will be a 30-minute presentation on the first day of the program right after checking in. After that, only students will be participating.

About the Sponsoring Office

The Office of Service and Leadership strives to help students choose leadership their way.  We provide opportunities for all students to explore, gain skills and have opportunities to cultivate their unique leadership styles. Our goal is to graduate students who have the skills and confidence to be leaders in their communities. 

For more information on the Office of Service and Leadership, please contact Natasha Begin at 502.272.8477 or