Choose Your Own Adventure

  • When: August 15-22, 2023
  • Where: Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Who: 2 Adventure Guides
  • CurriculumFirst Year Seminar credit
  • Cost: $900

The Pre-Orientation Urban Adventure 

  • ​​When: August 14-22, 2023
  • Where: Westmont in San Francisco
  • Who: 1 Faculty Member 
  • CurriculumFirst Year Seminar credit
  • Itinerary: This urban adventure involves a 6 day immersive experience in the culturally diverse, dynamic city of San Francisco. The trip will feature daily field trips, cultural/arts events, service projects and group discussions all lead by the resident faculty of the Westmont in San Francisco program. Participants will have opportunity to develop strong connections with their peers and share in a living-learning community experience aimed at seeing God, self and neighbor in new, expansive ways as well as taking in the beauty and unique vibe of a world-class American city.
  • Cost: $950
  • When: August 15-22, 2023
  • Where: Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands National Park
  • Who: 2 Adventure Guides
  • CurriculumFirst Year Seminar credit
  • Itinerary: Participants will camp locally and enjoy a variety of adventures including rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, other water sports and exploring Santa Cruz Island at the Channel Islands National Park. 
  • Cost: $995

Adventure Trips Information & FAQ

These trips combine outdoor activities with a classroom learning experience and are a great way to begin your Westmont experience. Most importantly, you will meet new friends that may last throughout your Westmont career and into the future. Our main goals for each participant are to:

  • Ease the transition into college

  • Forge lasting relationships with others who share similar interests

  • Become a part of the Westmont community

  • Enjoy an incredible adventure

  • Get an initial taste of the Christian Liberal Arts by diving into a topic with a Westmont faculty member

For more information, contact Orientation at or (805)-565-6125.

Here are the dates for 2023 and costs:

Backpacking Adventure 

  • August 15-22, $900 (7 days & 1 unit of credit)

Multi-Sport Adventure 

  • August 15-22, $950 (7 days & 1 unit of credit)

What is included?

For all programs where applicable:

  • Camping and equipment for outdoor adventures
  • Three meals per day and all necessary group cooking equipment
  • Professionally trained trip leaders
  • Transportation to and from Westmont for all activities
  • Group guidance and team building activities
  • All permits, reservations, and entrance fees
  • Leaders with Wilderness first aid and CPR training

For All Trips:

• 45 or more days before the trip date- Full refund minus $20 processing fee.

• Between 45 and 15 days before the trip date- 50% refund minus $20 processing fee.

• Less than 15 days before the trip date- no refunds available.

For the Backpacking Adventures, you should plan to arrive at Westmont Tuesday, August 15th by 9am.

For the Multi-Sport Adventures, you should plan to arrive at Westmont Tuesday, August 15th by 1pm.

* Unfortunately, no transportation will be provided from the Santa Barbara Airport to Westmont. We recommend students take an Uber or Lyft. 

For Adventure Trips, you will be able to store move-in boxes and gear until your return. Unfortunately, we cannot provide accommodations for storage or housing prior to your trip departure date. Upon your return on Tuesday, August 22 you will be able to officially move into your room. You will have Wednesday to get settled and rest and then Westmont Orientation will begin on Thursday, August 24th. Your parents are welcome to come to campus on Wednesday to help you move-in and get settled.

For the Urban Adventure, you should plan to arrive at the Westmont in San Francisco space (location TBD) on Monday August 14th between 1pm and 4pm. Unfortunately, no transportation will be provided from the San Francisco Airport. We recommend students take an Uber or Lyft.

For the Urban Adventure, you will be able to store all your move-in boxes at the Westmont in San Francisco location. If you need accommodations between the Urban Adventure Trip and Orientation, you will be able to stay on Sunday night for an extra $40, which includes food. Westmont can provide transportation from San Francisco to Westmont College on Tuesday, August 22th and you will be able to move in to your residence hall room upon arriving to Westmont. You will have Wednesday to get settled and rest and then Orientation will begin on Thursday.

On the trip, your leaders will teach you the basic skills you will need to be comfortable while camping, hiking, kayaking and/or rock climbing. For those who are unsure about conditioning for the trail, hesitant about heights, or concerned with an open water kayak experience, a Pre-Orientation Adventure Trip is a wonderful opportunity to challenge yourself while under professional guidance. See the next FAQ for more info. on how to prepare physically for the Backpacking and Multi-Sport trips.

The Backpacking Adventure Trip is designed for intermediate physical fitness levels. While no prior backpacking experience is required it is important that all participants engage in some type of regular physical activity in preparation for the trip as students will be carrying packs and traveling through high altitudes. 

The Multi-Sport Trip is designed for beginner to intermediate physical fitness levels. Each activity is “challenge by choice.” Therefore each participant has the opportunity to choose the level at which they participate during their trip.

Contact will not always be easy or even possible during the Backpacking and Santa Barbara Adventures due to the very busy schedule and outdoor nature of our program. An Adventure Programs leader will ensure that an emergency cell phone will always be present. In cases of family emergency we can be contacted at Westmont Orientation (805) 565-6125 or at

A small amount of spending money will easily get you through the week. There will likely be opportunities to purchase food, drinks or other special treats during longer periods of travel time.

For the Urban Adventure, we recommend bringing $50-$200 of spending money.

Westmont regulations and program policies - which can be found in the Westmont Student Handbook and in the Community Life Statement - do not allow alcohol or drugs on this trip. Anyone violating this NO TOLERANCE policy will be immediately asked to leave the trip and responsible for their own transportation home. Thank you for your cooperation. Any prescription medications must be noted on the health form at the time of registration.

Please note any food/health requirements when filling out the confidential health form. Our staff will take into consideration all food/health requirements for each participant during meal and trip preparation. If you have severe or life threatening medical conditions or food allergies please contact our staff in advance to so that we can discuss your situation.

For questions, please email or call 805-565-6125.

Register for Adventure Trips!

We are so glad that you would like to join us on an Pre-Orientation Adventure Trip! Space is limited on these Adventures. You are encouraged to register early. To officially choose your own Adventure, follow these easy steps:

  1. Complete the registration form with a required deposit of $300. Click Here.
  2. The balance of the trip cost ($600 for Backpacking; $695 for Multi-sport) is due 30 days before the trip. You will receive a link to pay the balance online or you can mail a check to: Campus Life Office, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108.
  3. Please print and fill out the forms below and either scan and e-mail them to or mail them to: Campus Life Office, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108.

All Adventure Trips

Backpacking and Multi-Sport Adventure Heath Form

Urban Adventure Health Form 

Backpacking Waiver Form

Multi-Sport Waiver Forms (both forms required)