Outdoor Experience

Outdoor Experience 2019

August 12–16, 2019

Begin your Westminster experience with the outdoor program, learning outdoor skills and meeting fellow first-year students while 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. We also work with honors, international students, and some 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 our Facebook post on How to Get the Most Out of Outdoor Experience. While you're at it, "like us" so you can stay in the loop about what's happening in the Outdoor Program.


You can check in to your residence hall on Sunday, time TBA. You must come to the Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center (HWAC) reception desk to get your ID card and check in before going to your residence hall. There will be no residence hall check-in for the Outdoor Experience on Monday. We can store baggage for students arriving on Monday morning until they can check in to their residence hall after returning from the trip.

Outdoor Experience starts at 9:00 a.m. on Monday. Please meet us in the lobby of HWAC with all of your trip gear packed and ready to go. Backpackers and Packrafters will do a little re-packing, and everyone who is borrowing gear from the program will get what they need at this time. We'll start the morning off with a light breakfast and trip orientations. All trips will leave campus around noon.

Airport Shuttle Information

For students traveling by air, the Outdoor Program will provide shuttles periodically throughout the day on Sunday. If you are interested in a shuttle, send your flight number and arrival time to outdoorprogram@westminstercollege.edu.

The shuttle will arrive every three quarters of the hour, beginning at 10:45 a.m. until 6:45 p.m. For example, for flights arriving between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., the shuttle will arrive at 10:45 a.m.

We will be in a Westminster Van and will be at passenger pick up 4 at the specified time. To get to the passenger pick up lane, exit the airport after baggage claim, walk outside and cross to the farthest lane, right before the parking garage—this is the passenger pickup lane. You will see large numbers overhead—you want to make your way to stop 4.

If your flight is delayed, don’t worry—you'll can catch the next shuttle. If at all possible, please call us at 801.832.2866 to let us know about delays. If we don't hear from you, we will wait for you at passenger pick up. Don’t stress if it takes you a few extra minutes to get your bag; we'll wait for about 15 minutes after the pickup time if we don't see you.


If you cancel before the registration deadline (July 10) you can receive a full refund. If you cancel after July 10, but before July 24, you will be refunded 50% of the trip cost. The 50% that we keep may be applied as a credit toward future trips. After July 24, no refunds will be given, but 50% of the trip fee can be applied to future trips.

If a participant needs to leave the trip for a policy violation either on or off campus, that participant is responsible for the cost of evacuation. If a participant needs to be evacuated for other reasons, responsibility for the cost of evacuation will be assigned on a case-by-case basis.