Highlander Wilderness Adventure

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The Highlander Wilderness Adventure program is more than just an adventure trip! It is a 2 credit hour course available only to incoming freshman and transfer students.

Highlander participants engage in a ropes course activity
  • The program runs during the last two weeks of August; just prior to the beginning of the first day of Fall classes.
  • This unique program will stretch the person physically, socially and spiritually.
  • Emphasis is placed upon problem-solving, group interaction and personal reflection, all while living and trekking in the outdoors.
  • This program is designed for the average student. No previous outdoor experience is necessary, but at the same time, the most experienced outdoor adventurer should find it challenging and rewarding.
  • Program activities include: ropes initiatives course, backpacking, canoeing, rock-climbing, a solo experience and a 5 mile "marathon".

The H.W.A. goals are that the participants will:

  • Experience joy after hardship.
  • Learn skills that build self-confidence.
  • Develop a network of close friends before school starts.
  • Hone problem-solving skills.
  • Look inward to self, outward to others and upwards to God.

The H.W.A. program is intended to be a catalyst for the Highlander process - a process of growth, challenge, and discipleship which finds its beginning long before the program itself and is expected to continue for a lifetime.


Backpack, water bottle and hiking boots

Application Information

Register for Fall 2017


Program Dates

  • Program begins: Monday, August 14, 2017
  • Registration: 1:15 PM at the Nielsen Center (gym)
  • Program ends: Thursday, August 24th, 2017 at 11:00 PM

Early Arrival

  • Sunday, August 13, 2017, 6:00PM - 8:00 PM
  • Monday, August 14, 2017, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Program Fee

Cost: $700.00* ($50 non-refundable deposit and application is due by June 1, 2017)

Total cost of the program can be billed throughout the year as part of the Tuition Payment System rather than a one-time payment.

*Your Highlander Wilderness Adventure application will not be complete nor can it be reviewed until your $300 enrollment deposit to HC has been paid, as well as the $50 Highlander deposit.  At that point, registration is limited to a first come first serve basis.

Contact Us

Highlander Adventure
Houghton College
Nielsen PEC
1 Willard Ave.
Houghton, NY 14744

800-777-2556
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