Outdoor Experience

Outdoor Experience 2019

August 12–16, 2019

Begin your Westminster experience with the outdoor program and fellow first-year students learning outdoor skills, meeting new people, and exploring the transition to college. Outdoor experience is a pre-orientation program that complements the first-year student orientation. Trips are inclusive and open to individuals of all skill levels, including students with no prior experience. We also work with honors, international students, and some athletes to ensure that they are able to participate in the outdoor experience in addition to their respective orientations. Take a look at the Before You Arrive page for questions about check-in dates and times, residence hall move-in, airport shuttles, etc. This program is for incoming first-year students only and space is limited.

Westminster's Outdoor Experience program is designed to facilitate a more positive transition to college life through:

  • Building a community and meaningful relationships in a dynamic and fun setting
  • Challenging students with experiences that promote opportunities for leadership, reflection of personal strengths and challenges, responsibility, communication, respect for differences, and self-confidence
  • Providing a forum for students to discuss and process their thoughts and feelings about entering college with peers and mentors
  • Drawing parallels and comparisons from the trip to the college setting, ultimately helping students learn more about themselves and how they might cope with challenging situations in the future
  • Developing an appreciation for the outdoors and providing students with a connection to the Outdoor Program