Fall 2018 Trip: August dates to be announced soon
The Southern Wesleyan Outdoor Orientation Program (SWOOP) provides incoming freshmen an exciting and memorable experience as they transition from high school into SWU. Further, SWOOP gives incoming students an opportunity to build meaningful relationships with other new students, a couple of returning students and a faculty or staff member. The heart of the SWOOP experience is a four-day, 33-mile wilderness backpacking trip on the nearby Foothills Trail that happens each fall prior to new student orientation. The section of the trail that SWOOP covers is spectacularly beautiful, very remote and in places quite challenging. This area was recently named one of ‘50 of the World’s Last Great Places’ by National Geographic Magazine. Participants will cook, hike and share life together during their wilderness experience. Each day will include a solo experience; each night there will be a campfire for reflection and sharing with the group.
Each hiking day will average 4-8 miles. Backpacking in mountains is somewhat strenuous. Participants will carry packs that average 25 pounds.
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