Santa Clara University

New Student Orientation

Adventure Trips

Get Wild with Welcome Weekend!
Want to meet fellow Santa Clara students in an off-campus environment, explore the California landscape, and develop your leadership skills?  Start your first year off right with one of our excursions! In a brand new collaboration between the Center for Student Leadership and Into the Wild, SCU will be offering trips for incoming first-year students before Welcome Weekend. Participating students will be able to move into their residence halls early and return from their trips to enjoy Welcome Weekend activities. 

Three-Day Leadership Retreat, YMCA Camp Jones Gulch, La Honda, CA
Three-Day Backpacking Trip, Henry Coe State Park, Morgan Hill, CA
FAQ


scuID Leadership Retreat

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UPDATE: Registration for the scuID Leadership Retreat is closed

Join 30 incoming students, 6 current SCU students, and 3 adult facilitators for an incredible leadership retreat experience. Using hands-on experiences, we'll explore leadership in fun, interactive ways that look at what leadership means to each individual, what role collaboration plays, how to create a common purpose, and how to help your actions align with your values. From small group discussions to large group activities to a day-long high and low ropes course, get ready to dive into leadership at SCU. Please visit the

scuID website for more information.

Move-In Date: Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 (must be moved in by 4:00PM)

Departure: Wednesday morning, September 18th, 2013

Return: Friday afternoon, September 20th, 2013

Cost: $350 (includes meals, transportation, housing, and ropes course)

How to Register: Registration begins on July 29th at 11:00a.m. Participant spots for scuID are limited to 30 students. Because of the limited space, registration will be first-come, first-served, but we must ensure a minimum gender breakdown to meet cabin space requirements.  Once a reservation request is made online, students will receive a confirmation email within 2 business days either confirming your registration or letting you know your spot on the wait list. If you are registered for the program, you will be required to send your check for $350 to confirm your spot. Registration fees can be paid with a check and mailed to New Student Programs. The address will be listed on the confirmation page with next steps. All registration fees must be received by August 9th to guarantee your spot. If a registration fee is not received by August 9th you will forfeit your spot. If you were unable to get a spot for the retreat, you can place your name on the wait list. Students will be selected from the wait list if a spot opens up. Fees for the program are not refundable.

Registration Questions: You will be required to answer a few questions to complete this application. To help you prepare for your application, you may want to prepare the answers in advance. The questions are:

1) At Santa Clara, leadership is more than the positions that a person has held, it is integrated into every aspect of a persons life. How have you been a leader in your own life?
2) What attracted you to this retreat? What do you hope to get out of the experience?
3) Write a short biography for yourself to be shared with those going on scuID. Using 3-4 sentences, tell us about yourself. Keep them fun and focused on who YOU are, not just what you've done.
4) You will be required to upload a photo of yourself to accompany your bio.

 

Backpacking with Into the Wild


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UPDATE: Registration for the Backpacking Trip with ITW is closed.

Henry Coe State Park is home to rolling hills and grassy expanses: the perfect landscape for any level backpacker. On this trip, 12 incoming students will join 3 current students and 2 faculty members for a 3-day, 2-night backpacking excursion. Participating students will learn backpacking and leadership skills while forming friendships with their fellow classmates.

Move-In Date: Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 (must be moved in by 4:00PM)

Departure: Wednesday morning, September 18th, 2013

Return: Friday afternoon, September 20th, 2013

Cost: $210 (includes food, transportation, and housing costs)

Gear needed: The technical nature of the backpacking trip will require you to provide some of your own gear. Below is a list of items that you will need to bring for the trip:

- Backpacking backpack
- Tent (recommended)
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad (recommended)
- Pillow
- Warm and cold weather clothing
- Rain gear
- Boots or shoes suited to hiking
- Socks
Other recommended gear for backpacking can be found here. 

How to Register: Registration begins on July 29th at 11:00a.m. Participant spots for the backpacking trip are limited to 12 students. Because of the limited space, registration will be first come, first served. Once a reservation is made online, students will be required to send a check for $210 to complete your reservation. The address will be listed on the confirmation page after you make your reservation. All fees must be received by August 9th to guarantee your spot. Payments that are not received by August 9th will forfeit your spot on the trip. If you were unable to get a spot for the retreat, you can place your name on the wait list. Students will be selected from the wait list if a spot opens up. Fees for the program are not refundable.

Registration questions: Please be prepared to answer questions about your experience with backpacking and about your medical or dietary needs.


FAQ's

Will I get to move into my actual room?
Yes, the student will move into the room that they will live in for the school year.

What do I bring?
The trip you register for will have different items you will need to be successful. The backpacking trip will require some technical equipment, please read the section about required camping supplies required in the backpacking section.

What is the weather like?
We expect the classic Santa Clara sunshine! Evenings will be cooler, so we suggest bringing a sweatshirt or light jacket. Weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared! 

How strenuous are the activities?
We recommend that students who participate in backpacking be fairly fit and ready for moderate to strenuous physical activity. Students who attend the scuID retreat will be lightly active during the ropes course activity.

Do I need experience?
No experience is necessary for any of our trips!

How can I get more information?
Email the Office of New Student Programs at
orientation@scu.edu or call us at (408)554-4745. Our hours are 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. 

Is financial aid available for the trips?
There may be a small amount of financial aid available to students who may not be able to afford the entire cost of the trip. If you think you would be eligible for financial aid, please contact the orientation office after you register for a trip. We will contact the financial aid office to see if you can receive financial aid assistance.


Center for Student Leadership (CSL)

The Center for Student Leadership (CSL) is dedicated to providing high quality leadership education through leadership programs and student activities in an integrated academic environment. Working with faculty, students, staff, alumni, and the greater community, CSL will:

-Prepare you to be informed educated leaders in society who exhibit courage, character, and respect for others.

-Provide you opportunities to discover your potential and examine your personal values, opinions, and beliefs.

-Encourage you to practice skills and competencies associated with effective leadership.

-Advise student leaders and student organizations in group development, organizational management, and program development.

-Be an advocate for your interests and celebrate your contributions to University life and the larger community.

 

The Center for Student Leadership is housed in the Locatelli Student Activities Center and oversees New Student Orientation, leadership retreats, the Emerging Leaders Program, and all chartered and registered student organizations. To get involved during the school year, stop by the second floor of Locatelli or contact us at (408)554-4745.


Into the Wild

Into the Wild is Santa Clara University's outdoor club that dedicates itself to providing students with opportunities to explore the beauty and wilderness of California. We encourage everyone to Get Up, Get Out, and Go Wild!

Every week we organize trips for all skill levels that include hiking, backpacking, snow camping, rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, surfing and more. We aim to promote healthy, sober fun while encouraging education in environmentally sustainable practices. Join us next year to experience what it means to go wild here at Santa Clara!

Into the Wild is a Registered Student Organization (RSO) and will be advertising at the Involvement Fair on the first Monday of school. For more information about Into the Wild, contact the club's president, Dalan Angelo at dangelo@scu.edu.

 

 
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