This new student wilderness backpacking program is designed to help ease the transition into Widener.
- Begins: Friday, August 16, 2013
- Ends: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
- Cost: $150
- Capacity: 30 students
The Summit Widener backpacking trip makes the transition into the Widener Pride an epic experience for getting to know fellow students and carrying success into your first day on campus. Summit Widener uses the outdoor setting to establish new friends, new experience, and counts as Physical Education credit. Leaders acclimate you to more than the Appalachian Trial and camping out. They will lead you to coming back to campus with new friends, new memories, and a boost of Widener confidence.
Most new adventures bring challenges and with a typical ratio of 1:6 trip leaders to participants succeeding this challenge is extremely likely. Well-trained student leaders guide the multi-day self-supported trip. Leaders focus on making sure each participant knows where they are going for the day, and how to leverage skills gained on the trip start for making friends and navigating Widener when you return to campus. Each year, students reflect on the self-confidence this trip built and carried through their first semester.
Summit Widener serves as a first-time backpacking experience for many students. If you have never been backpacking before and not being sure what to wear, Summit Widener leaders will outfit you. We have packs, tents, and more, and the leaders will provide details for the personal items you will want.
As for the physical side of Summit Widener, completing the trip earns students a half-credit (0.5) of the one credit required to graduate from Widener (see FAQs for information on the Physical Education requirement). The physical effort for Summit Widener is moderate. We will be hiking on top of the mountains for the most part, but we do have to walk up to get there, and what goes up, must come down! In walking to the top and down to the bottom, we may experience an elevation gain or loss of up to 1000 feet. Some paths are narrow, rocky, and we may cross a brook with no bridge. All the while, the student leaders moderate the hiking pace, make sure packs are not too heavy, stop to take breaks, and create a team spirit to optimize success.
Camp out, make friends, and accomplish more than a physical challenge with your new Widener classmates!
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Summit Widener starts late afternoon, Friday, August 16. Resident students move into their room during the day, and all participants will gather just before having dinner together. Friday night leaders will get everyone prepped and help pack. Saturday morning we leave and return to campus Tuesday, August 20. This trip is open to 30 first-year students and the cost is $150. For additional information, contact Michael Lombardo, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, at 610-499-4385 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Limited spots are available, so register now by completing the Widener Pre-Orientation Application and select Summit Widener.