The Department of Recreation Services, within the Syracuse University Division of Student Affairs, opened its outdoor challenge course in September 2013. The challenge course features an outdoor education center, which will serve as a place to welcome groups and host workshops. The challenge course is open to SU students, faculty and staff, as well as the surrounding community—a unique aspect to this on-campus facility (advance reservations required).

Meet our Challenge Course Staff:

Scott Catucci
scottAssociate Director for Education and Student Development
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Scott is from Endicott, NY and with over 16 years of experience in Experiential Education and Challenge Course programs, currently serves as the Associate Director for Education and Student Development in the Department of Recreation Services. In this position, Scott is responsible for administering and implementing all aspects of the SU Outdoor Education program, comprised of a series of adventure trips, workshops, special events, as well as the challenge course and team building programs. Facilities under his supervision include the South Campus Outdoor Education Center and both indoor and outdoor challenge courses. In his free time, Scott enjoys spending time with his family and friends, flat-water paddling by kayak and SUP board, playing guitar, and traveling for live music.


Julie DeLeo

Outdoor Education Program Coordinator

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Julie is originally from Fort Worth, Texas. Julie is a Certified Recreation Therapist, CTRS, and also has a background in experiential education spanning nearly 10 years. In her position, Julie is responsible for managing the ropes course program in all facets, as well as assisting with the Adventure Trip Program offered through Recreation Services Outdoor Education program. She is passionate about helping groups foster growth, change, and understanding within their organization so they may work more cohesively as a team, understand their strengths, and have fun doing it! In her free time, Julie loves spending time with her family and friends, adventuring outdoors (especially canoeing and mountain biking), gardening, and reading.