Center for Leadership and Community Engagement
Student Union & Recreation Center (SURC) 256
(509) 963-1850

Start your CWU experience with ELP

The Experience Leadership Program (ELP) provides incoming CWU students the opportunity to make connections with campus resources and other incoming students, as well as reflecting and developing personal leadership styles. One week before classes begin, students that attend ELP will move into their residence hall early, and create connections over a four day adventure full of leadership, connections, friends, and memories in the Cascade mountains at Camp Ghormley.

Registration will open in summer 2020!

What to Expect at ELP

Going into your first college experience may be intimidating; however, attending ELP is the first step to making your transition into this new chapter in your life much easier. First things first, you get the opportunity to move-in early! College move-in day is always hectic, however, you will receive the opportunity to move in early before the larger crowd of CWU students move in. You will be moving in alongside your peers participating in ELP, allowing a smaller group to move-in with.

Cost and Registration

The cost for ELP is $180 per student, which includes all meals, all supplies, an ELP t-shirt, transportation, lodging at Camp Ghormley, and early move in costs. Registration is limited and occurs on a first come, first serves basis, and registration closes on August 31, 2020. Payments will be taken via a secure web payment.


We pride ourselves in staying inclusive and respectful to provide the best experience for every student. If you require any accommodation, please contact to make appropriate arrangements.