Outdoor Experience

Outdoor Experience – August 14-18, 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. "All of our trips are 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