President's Leadership Program

Summer Leadership Adventure

To officially welcome you to the Christopher Newport community of Captains, students accepted into the President’s Leadership Program are invited to join us on campus this summer for one of the highlights of the PLP experience: Leadership Adventure.

During this four-day, fun-filled camp experience, you will live on campus and participate in leadership development sessions, team-building events and outdoor activities, all designed to introduce you to the program and to members of your PLP class.

As you engage in a process of self-discovery, you will also get your first taste of the academic study of leadership.

Leadership Adventure is required for all first-year students accepted into the President’s Leadership Program. Your Leadership Adventure and Setting Sail freshman orientation dates will coincide, making for an exciting, information-packed introduction to PLP and life at Christopher Newport.

All incoming PLP students will be assigned to a color cabin with 8-12 of their peers and have the opportunity to work with two upperclassmen facilitators throughout the week. These facilitators will guide you through activities designed to help you better understand your leadership skills and what it means to be a successful PLP student. Facilitators will reach out via email in June to let you know which color cabin you will be a part of this summer.

All Incoming PLP students are required to attend one session of Leadership Adventure.

Leadership Adventure 2022 will take place on the following dates:

  • June 21 - 24 (following Setting Sail Session 1) or
  • June 28 - July 1 (following Setting Sail Session 3)

Common Questions

All PLP students must stay for the entire duration of Leadership Adventure unless otherwise approved by PLP staff prior to the event.

We believe the strongest way to build community is to bring people together. Therefore, all incoming PLP students are required to stay on campus during Leadership Adventure.

You will need everything on the Setting Sail packing list, but we also ask you to pack these things:

  • Comfortable athletic clothing (shorts, T-shirts, etc.) is necessary. Dresses and skirts will not work!
  • Sneakers and socks are necessary.
  • It’s a good idea to be prepared for rain with a rain jacket or umbrella.
  • Be prepared for the sun! Sunscreen is a must, but you may also want sunglasses or baseball caps.
  • Water bottle

Please email preslead@cnu.edu and our staff will be more than willing to help accommodate your situation.

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