Outdoor Experience – August 14-18, 2017

Registration opens May 1, 2017

Begin your Westminster experience with the Outdoor Program by exploring the Intermountain West's amazing wilderness with fellow students! The Outdoor Experience Program occurs before and is a complement to the first-year student orientation, which begins on August 19th. We offer four different trips open to all skill levels - including beginners. We also work with Honors and International students to ensure that they can participate in the Outdoor Experience and their respective orientations. Take a look at the Before You Arrive page for any questions you might have about check-in dates & 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 community & meaningful relationships in a dynamic and fun setting
  • Challenging students with experiences that promote opportunities for leadership, reflection of personal strengths & 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 Recreation program
  • Identifying students with exceptional leadership qualities that may be interested in being future trip leaders