Highlander Wilderness Adventure

More than just an adventure trip!

The Highlander Wilderness Adventure program is an academic off-campus studies course available only to incoming freshman and transfer students. This 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.

Grow Your Potential

This unique program will stretch you physically, socially and spiritually.

Embrace the Outdoors

Problem-solve, reflect, and enjoy being a part of a group, all while living and trekking in the outdoors.

No Experience Necessary

This program is designed for the average student, but at the same time, the most experienced outdoor adventurer should find it challenging and rewarding.
student navigating ropes course in the fall

Discover the Option That's Right For You

Highlander Wilderness Adventure

August 13-23, 2022

$700

Traditional 10-day program for all incoming first-year 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.
  • Program activities include: initiatives on the ropes course, backpacking, canoeing, a solo experience and a 5-mile "marathon."
  • $50 refundable deposit and application DUE BY JULY 15, 2022
  • 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
Apply to Join the Highlander Wilderness AdventureDownload the Highlander Adventure Info Sheet

Highlander Lite - For Fall Athletes

August 13-18, 2022

$350

Shortened 5-day program for all incoming first-year and transfer student-athletes.

  • Includes all the elements of the traditional program packed into five days to allow you to begin your preseason athletic adventure
  • Program activities include: initiatives on the ropes course, backpacking, a solo experience and a 5-mile "marathon."
  • $50 refundable deposit and application DUE BY JULY 15, 2022
  • 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
Apply to Join Highlander Lite
Download the Highlander Lite Info Sheet

Hear about the Highlander Wilderness Adventure

Director, Laura Alexeichik Thayer '01 talks about the Highlander Wilderness Adventure on an episode of "Bursting the Bubble", the podcast of Houghton University.

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Highlander Student Information & Forms

Learn a little more about the Highlander Wilderness Adventure program

The following forms need to be completed, signed, and returned before July 31st