Are you an incoming Brock student? Looking for a personalized, small group, orientation experience? LEAP is for you! Led by experienced campus student leaders, LEAP provides an opportunity to make new friends and connections while volunteering in the community and exploring the campus.

Get a first-hand look at our campus and community – in a small group with other new students – through the lens of our experienced student leaders and mentors. Participate in skill-building workshops, learn about campus resources and supports, experience an orientation to downtown St. Catharines, and help a local community partner during a service-learning volunteer opportunity.

Day and overnight options available.

View a sample agenda.

LEAP Dates

The LEAP program has two formats to choose from – a one-day program and an overnight program.

The LEAP Day program takes place from 9:00am-7:00pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, July 24
  • Monday, July 30
  • Wednesday, August 15
  • Thursday, August 23

The LEAP Overnight program adds a night in Residence to your LEAP experience. This 24-hour program begins at 4pm and ends at 4pm the following day.

  • Saturday, July 28 – Sunday, July 29
  • Saturday, August 18 – Sunday, August 19

LEAP Registration & Rates

Register by July 10 to receive early bird pricing:

  • LEAP Day program is $80
  • LEAP Overnight program is $140

After July 10, the regular rates apply:

  • LEAP Day program is $95
  • LEAP Overnight program is $160

Register online at discover.brocku.ca

On-line payments can be made by Visa or MasterCard. Alternative payment arrangements can be made by contacting leap@brocku.ca or Sheena Erhardt at 905-688-5550 ext. 6431.

FAQ

The registration fee for LEAP overnight program is $160. The fee includes program materials, three meals (dinner in downtown St. Catharines, breakfast and lunch the following day) and one night accommodation in residence, as well as transportation costs associated with travel off-campus sites.

The fee for the LEAP Day program is $95. The fee includes program materials, lunch on campus and dinner out in the Niagara community; as well as transportation costs associated with travel to off-campus sites.

The cancellation deadline is midnight 14 days prior to the LEAP session for which you have registered.

LEAP Day Programs:

  • Tuesday, July 24 cancellation deadline is Tuesday, July 10
  • Monday, July 30 cancellation deadline is Monday, July 16
  • Wednesday, August 15 cancellation deadline is Wednesday, August 1
  • Thursday, August 23 cancellation deadline is Thursday, August 9

Overnight Programs:

  • Saturday, July 28 cancellation deadline is Saturday, July 14
  • Saturday, August 18 cancellation deadline is Saturday, August 4

Full refunds will be issues up to the cancellation deadline. No refunds will be issued after the deadline has passed.

Yes, you are able to attend LEAP without registering for Smart Start. If you attend LEAP with overnight stay we highly recommend that you attend both programs on the same day.

During LEAP you will have a chance to have fun, meet new people, learn from a number of campus partners and gain skills that will help you transition into your first year at Brock. You will also have a chance to go out into the community and engage in a service-learning project.

View a sample overview of a LEAP session.

There are some slight differences in the program schedule over the LEAP sessions, but all participants receive the same engaging workshops, exciting activities and outreach opportunities. Student who opt for the Day program will also receive the same great programming without evening social activity and the overnight stay.

All LEAP participants will be provided with accommodation in our on-campus residences. Each guestroom is provided with a towel, face cloth, bed linens, pillow, soap and a plastic drinking cup. We suggest you bring an extra pillow and towel (if desired), toiletries, and an alarm clock.

Wear comfortable clothing because most of your day will be spent in interactive sessions. Casual dress is also suitable for the downtown St. Catharines dinner. With a program as busy as ours, we don’t always have a chance to change before dinner. A change of clothes for the community project is also suggested because some projects involve helping with active tasks such as gardening and preparing lunch. Please bring a pair of closed-toe shoes so that you are prepared for our community projects.

LEAP is brought to you by Student Life & Community Experience, Career Education and the Student Success Centre.

The community service project will take place in Niagara. In the past, we have worked with Habitat for Humanity, local community gardens, and Start Me Up Niagara. Projects are determined by the need and availability of our community partners. Transportation will be provided to and from the community partner site.