Highlander Wilderness Adventure

More than just an adventure trip!

The Highlander Wilderness Adventure program is a 2 credit hour course available only to incoming freshman and transfer students.

The Highlander Wilderness Adventure 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.

Fall 2022 Program Dates

August 13-23, 2022

*We are proceeding forward in anticipation of this year’s Highlander course in August but realize that there are still challenges and unknowns. Stay tuned for updates!

Apply to Join the Highlander Wilderness Adventure
student navigating ropes course in the fall

About Highlander Wilderness Adventure

Kickstart your Houghton experience

  • 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.

No experience necessary

  • 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: initiatives on the ropes course, backpacking, canoeing, rock-climbing, a solo experience and a 5 mile "marathon".
Download the Highlander Adventure Info Sheet

Program Fee: $700.00


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

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 College.

Listen now

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

  1. Highlander Wilderness Adventure Risk & Liability Waiver - Sign & return by July 31st
  2. Off-Campus Studies Health Form - Completion of this form and submission to the Health Center is required before July 31st
  3. College Confidential Medical & Immunization Report - Completion of this form and submission to the Health Center is required before July 31st
  4. Off-Campus Studies Best Practices Policies - Sign & return by July 31st