Outdoor Experience

Outdoor Experience 2020

August 10–14, 2020

Begin your Westminster experience with the Outdoor Program, learning outdoor skills while meeting fellow first-year students and exploring Utah's landscape. 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.

The Outdoor Program also works with honors students, international students, and some student-athletes to ensure everyone can participate in an outdoor experience in addition to their respective orientations. 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 by:

  • 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

Take a look at the post "How to Get the Most Out of Outdoor Orientation" on the Outdoor Program's Facebook page. And, while you're at it, like the page so you can stay in the loop about what's happening in the Outdoor Program.

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Trip Options

Multi-Sport Adventure | August 10–13, 2020

Hike, rock climb, raft, explore, return to camp, and repeat.

Packrafting Expedition | August 10–14, 2020

Backpack and paddle in a unique expedition-style trip.

Alpine Backpacking | August 10–14, 2020

Trek through beautiful terrain in the High Uintas Wilderness.

Service in Southern Utah | August 10–13, 2020

Volunteer at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and hike Utah’s red rock country.

Legacy Scholars and STEPS Rafting | August 10–12, 2020

Raft the Green River and sleep under the stars. Only for students in the Legacy Program.