Loyola University Maryland


Outdoor Adventure

Kayaking and spelunking

Outdoor Adventure is an exciting, multi-day wilderness experience for incoming students. Students are placed in small groups with student trip leaders, exploring the natural world and reflecting on the upcoming college experience. Students will camp each night and learn the intricate skills for one of six outdoor activities. The student instructor teams will also address questions and lead discussions on issues often in the minds of first-year students as they paddle, hike, climb or cave. This experience is designed to allow incoming students to have fun, make lasting friendships, and ease the transition to college life. 

Most of the students who choose to go on an Outdoor Adventure trip do not have any outdoor or camping experience prior to their trip. At the time of registration, students will rank their preferences of outdoor activities; while we do our best to take the student’s preference into account, the final activity assignment is determined by the Outdoor Adventure staff.


Friday, Aug. 22:  Students move in to their Loyola room assignments
Saturday, Aug. 23:  Students depart Loyola for their activity location
Wednesday, Aug. 27:  Students return to Loyola


$300 per person. Includes all equipment (such as tents, sleeping bags, and activity-specific equipment); food; instruction; transportation to and from Loyola.

Maximum Number of Participants



Backpacking, rock climbing, sea kayaking, whitewater kayaking, canoeing, and caving.


Each group will be in a different location based on their assigned activity, including national and state parks in Pennsylvania, West Virgina, Virginia, and Maryland.


Outdoor Adventure


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Registration will close on August 15, 2014.