Fall 2016 Trip: August 13-18, 2016

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.

Ready to find out more? Check out the FAQ page or fill out the form below for more information.

Ready to apply for SWOOP? Fill out this PDF form.

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For more information and to get in touch with SWOOP, please complete the form below. Your information will be sent to Dr. Roger McKenzie.

SWOOP Contact Form