Check out what we've been up to in 2019! MORE INFO

Team Building and Leadership Development for All Groups!

Connecticut’s Premier Provider of Team Building and Leadership Development

Whether it’s a Corporate Team Building program, or a Youth Leadership Program, EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center has you covered.

At EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center, we know how much of life is purely mental. That is not to say that everything is easy. Life is a struggle sometimes, but how much of a struggle life is depends on your perspective. This belief inspires our motto:

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are probably right.

EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center created team building and leadership development activities to build self-esteem and self-confidence, improve mental fortitude, and strengthen problem solving skills.

Growth Through Grit and Adventure

With over 1,500 programs created and executed for over 100,000 participants, our Groups, Team Building, and Leadership Institute can help you achieve your goals through our customized programs.

We’re just 20 minutes outside of Hartford and less than 2 hours from of New York, NY and Boston, but we can also come to your location! EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center can bring our team building programs to you or host them on site at our location in Middletown, CT.

Looking for more information? LEARN MORE

What people are saying:

  • Great day yesterday I appreciate the efforts by you and your guys! Great feedback from the group. On a personal note it was great working with you on the pre meeting info and planning and the day of! Some key point on the success – well organized, timely, good activities, meaningful link to outside and good summaries. Thanks for the effort and energy we will be talking again!

    John L. Gilmour, Select Physical Therapy / NovaCare / Saco Bay
  • Our leaders and advisers came in today bursting at the seams to tell us all about their experiences yesterday. They told their stories with huge smiles on their faces beaming with pride about their accomplishments. Thanks to you and your staff for providing yet another wonderful day or growth and learning for the students of Sage Park!!!

    Jennifer Wilson
  • We had a wonderful experience, the leadership program is great for all ages. The team building challenges were fun and the staff was motivational. We are excited to return next year.

    Dan and Dave were very interactive with the kids and showed a genuine interest in their experience. Both the kids and adults had a great time playing the games and zip lining.

    Darien Depot Cops & Kids Program
  • Thank you for presenting to my students on Friday afternoon. They LOVED this experience and I’ve already gotten a number of students asking when Empower will be able to come back. We will definitely be in contact to plan another event for the spring semester.

    Widelyne M. Dorelus, Housatonic Community College
  • Excellent as always! We love participating in a team development program each year. Dan is the best!

    Megan Borelli, Women’s Basketball Coach, Hamden Hall Country Day School
  • Dan and his team were awesome! The kids reported back today how much fun they had with each activity. They stated that they loved working with other kids not in their homerooms, the activities were challenging and awesome, and they were so grateful for the opportunity. Thank you again!

    Kara Ladore, 6th Grade Teacher , Norton Elementary School
  • Fantastic Experience!!! I feel comfortable bringing my team here; they are super safe and get everything organized for you. Completely stress free experience for the planner. We love EMPOWER; we’ve been multiple times. Dan and his tea are absolutely exceptional! Great job on another successful VCA event.

    Val Lacasse, Regional Operations Director, VCA Animal Hospitals
  • I will highly recommend EMPOWER to anyone I come across. Our objectives were met in spades – it was a great group activity and the entire experience brought us together as a solid crew. The program was very lively, informative and fun. Dan spoke to us in a friendly manner and made us feel very comfortable and at ease. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Karen Maines, CT Water Company
  • We came to EMPOWER to bring our team closer, have them step out of their comfort zones together, and to have some fun doing it! I would highly recommend an EMPOWER program to other teams and have already done so to some of my clients.

    Steve Kenney
  • On behalf of the StubHub Quality Assurance Team, I would like to say thank you for a day of experiences that we will reflect on for some time. To say that we enjoyed ourselves is by far an understatement. We not only had fun, but the EMPOWER team gave us an opportunity to look at ourselves collectively and individually in a safe, challenging, and extremely rewarding setting!

    Dave Fuka, Quality Assurance Team, StubHub
  • The activities were fun, engaging, and exactly what we had requested. Dan did a great job leading and keeping the energy levels high. I highly recommend EMPOWER for team building and general fun!

    Cindy Sikora, LEGO Systems, Inc.
  • We loved our experience. Our company is very diverse in age so to find an event that everyone can participate in is quite a task. This was the perfect solution for us and everyone who was there had a blast!

    Angela Krok, Smith Brothers Insurance
  • Awesome stuff, thank you and your staff for doing such a wonderful job with our camp staff. We look forward to working with you again next Summer, you and your team always bring a nice perspective on working as a team in a camp setting – we really love the debriefs!

    Calvin Harris, Recreation Supervisor, Manchester Parks & Recreation
  • Even in the planning stages, the people I interacted with were friendly and super helpful with all of my requests. The event itself amazed all of our employees and they left praising the experience! I would definitely do this again. The experience was wonderful – I will be recommending EMPOWER Team Building to my peers!

    Manette Macias, Hampford Research, Inc.
  • Once again, we had a wonderful experience with EMPOWER the other day. This was our second trip and we have plans to expand this opportunity to our entire high school and make it an annual event. The thing that made EMPOWER stand out is the skilled facilitation we received from Dan. He challenged our students to be introspective and to be reflective about their group’s mission and their role in attaining that mission. EMPOWER is the only adventure center that coaches participants, ensuring that they clearly recognize the importance of taking positive risks, collaborating with team members, and persevering through what at first may seem impossible challenges. Thank you!

    Lisa Olivere, Teacher, Woodland Regional High School
  • EMPOWER has always run great staff training for my summer camp staff. What a great way to get them working together, get to know each other, learn about their own strengths and weaknesses, and how the balance out as a group. They also learn how to lead and handle certain situations through the power of play and challenge. I think my staff looks at things differently when they leave and they are fired up for the summer camp season!

    Carrie Gazda, Madison Beach and Recreation
  • EMPOWER is a great experience, the staff and facility are excellent; very challenging but also within anyone’s ability to complete. The zip line adventure and leadership skills courses were top notch. Highly recommend EMPOWER!

    Larry Betz, University of Connecticut EBV

Book your group program today!



For Corporate Teams and Office Groups, School Faculty and Staff, Parks and Recreation Staff, Adult groups looking for Team Building, Professional Development, Team Bonding and everything in between.



For Student Groups, Scout Troops, Youth Service Bureaus, Parks and Recreation Summer Camps, and After-School Programs looking for Youth Leadership and Character Development, Community Building, and Team Buildling.



For Sports Teams of all levels looking for Pre-Season Leadership Training and Team Building designed specifically for athletes. Building stronger teams and tougher athletes through physical and psychological adventure challenges.



For Residential Life Staff, Student Activity Boards, First Year Success Programs, Student Leadership Organizations, and Greek Life Groups. Exciting adventures forging positive relationships through trust-building and communication-based leadership adventures.

  • 12593982_961482617238719_5882338549912404031_o
  • EMP_TBLD_Youth_sq_3
  • EMP_TBLD_Youth_sq_12
  • EMP_TBLD_Youth_sq_5
  • 12605360_961480623905585_3608462344855585421_o
  • EMP_TBLD_Youth_sq_11
  • 12615184_961480633905584_6918793805881975359_o
  • EMP_TBLD_Youth_sq_2
  • 12031421_961485360571778_7758938384945156362_o
  • 12604945_961484863905161_3056946883504224899_o
  • EMP_TBLD_Youth_sq_1
  • EMP_TBLD_Youth_sq_9
Request Our Newsletter Events and Specials