A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

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.

  • 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.


Application Information

Online applications are currently being accepted. If you have any questions or concerns please contact highlanderadventure@houghton.edu.

Payment & Deadline:

Please follow the instructions at the completion of your application to make your $50 deposit by June 1.  The remaining $550 will be billed to your student account.

Fill out the online application

View and download H.W.A. documents and forms.


Highlander Wilderness Adventure photos