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Wilderness Trips

Friendships. Adventure. Challenge. Course Credit

Every summer, 100 incoming students begin their Calvin journey and take their first Calvin University credit by signing up for an 8-day Wilderness Orientation course. New students share this time with a patrol of 10-14 others that will become their first college friends. This is a courageous and adventurous decision. Wilderness Orientation students are a part of a strong legacy, as 1400 students over the past 17 years have made the pivotal choice to explore themselves, others, and God, through participating in a Calvin Wilderness Orientation trip.

No experience necessary! Regardless of your outdoor experience, fitness, or ability level, all students will develop a network of new friends, experience fun, caring, safe, expert, and well-trained leaders, hone new outdoor and college life skill sets, and reflect on the transition, setting vision and goals for navigating your first year. All students will experience the emotional, physical, and spiritual rewards of successfully completing a vigorous adventure.

The North Channel, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore, and the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan have been claimed by Calvin as unforgettable adventure locations that will mark your memory and transition into Calvin University. Past Calvin students have come together for this transitional week to live in community, forge friendship, stretch themselves through challenging days, and share once in a lifetime epic adventure. It is now your opportunity to share in this unique and distinct Calvin experience.

Seize this opportunity to live in community, forge friendships, stretch yourself, and share a once-in-a-lifetime epic adventure.

Trip Dates: Most students will elect to participate in trips offered August 16-23. This phase transitions students directly from Wilderness to their residence halls for the fall semester. For students participating in other pre-college orientation programs or Calvin Athletics that hope to complete a Calvin Wilderness trip, we are offering three courses from August 5-11. Almost all trips and spots will fill by May 31. Reserve your spot early!

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2023 Wilderness Orientation Expedition Offerings

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