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New Student Orientation

Adventure Trips

2014 Trips Announced!

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! The Center for Student Leadership and the Office of New Student Programs 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.

Registration Links:

Registration will open up at 11:00 a.m. PST on July 28th, 2014. Please click on the links below to register for the trip of your choice. Please note that we will ask for your student ID number on the registration page. Within two days of registration we will follow up with additional forms and waivers you will need to complete. The scuID Leadership Retreat is the ONLY trip that has a wait list. Please see details about the wait list below.

Backpacking at Point Reyes Registration Page

Kayaking at Elkhorn Slough Registration Page (please make sure to select the correct kayaking option you are seeking)

Indoor Rock Climbing at Planet Granite Registration Page

scuID Leadership Retreat Registration Page 

IMPORTANT scuID WAIT LIST: If you are unable to get a spot for scuID, please fill out the wait list form. We expect to pull at least 10 participants from the wait list. Please click here for the scuID Leadership Retreat Wait list

 

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scuID Leadership Retreat

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Join 36 incoming students, 8 current SCU students, and 3 SCU staff 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 16th, 2014 (must be moved in by 4:00PM)

Departure: Wednesday morning, September 17th, 2014

Return: Friday afternoon, September 19th, 2014

Cost: $275 (includes meals, transportation, housing, and ropes course), there will be an additional service fee of $4.75 after completing registration.Fees for the program are not refundable.

How to Register: Registration begins on Monday, July 28th at 11:00a.m. Participant spots for scuID are limited to 36 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.

Registration Questions: You will be required to answer a few questions to complete your registration online. 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 at Point Reyes National Seashore

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From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges, Point Reyes offers visitors over 1500 species of plants and animals to discover. Home to several cultures over thousands of years, the Seashore preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people.

On this trip, 12 incoming students will join 3 current students and 1 faculty member 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 16th, 2014 (must be moved in by 4:00PM)

Departure: Wednesday morning, September 17th, 2014

Return: Friday afternoon, September 19th, 2014

Cost: $185 (includes food, transportation, and housing costs), there will be an additional service fee of $4.75 after completing registration.

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:

How to Register: Registration begins on July 28th 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 contacted by the trip leaders who will share additional information. 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.

Kayaking at Elkhorn Slough *New for 2014*

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Join incoming students and faculty on a kayak trip of your choice at Kayak Connection in Elkhorn Slough. The Elkhorn Slough is an inland waterway that looks and feels somewhat like a river. Although it is connected to the ocean, it has calm waters and you will never be far from shore. The Elkhorn Slough is afected by the tides and winds but not the ocean swells. Because of its protected nature the slough is a refuge for wildlife including otters, seals, sea lions, and hundreds of species of birds.

Two kayaking options to choose from:
Option 1: Intro to Sea Kayaking Class:

Highly skilled, professional instructors teach you the anatomy and history of a sea kayak, necessary accessories and proper paddling techniques. This class covers strokes, braces, capsize recoveries and other safety issues. This class does require that you get wet at the very end! Lunch will be provided. Trip is limited to 14 students and is open to students who attend Orientation Session 7.

Move-In Date: Thursday, September 18th, 2014 (must be moved in by 4:00 p.m.)

Departure: Friday morning, September 19th, 2014

Return: Friday evening, September 19th, 2014

Cost: $130 (includes lunch, transportation, class, and housing costs) there will be an additional service fee of $4.75 after completing the registration.

How to Register: Registration begins on July 28th at 11:00a.m. Participant spots for the backpacking trip are limited to 14 students. Because of the limited space, registration will be first come, first served. Fees for the program are not refundable.

Option 2: Guided Kayak Tour and Hike

Elkhorn Slough is one of only 17 estuarine reserves in the United States. It is home to saltwater, freshwater and marshland wildlife. In the fall and spring, many migrating shore birds and waterfowl are found here. There are also numerous types of burds that are permanent residents. Seals and otters spend time resting and playing in the calm environment of the Slough. This is an excellent paddle for beginners going in stable double kayaks. Participants will be guided through the Slough and learn about its diverse wildlife. After the 3 hour tour, participants will enjoy lunch and then hike in the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. Trip is limited to 25 students.

Move-In Date: Thursday, September 18th, 2014 (must be moved in by 4:00PM)

Departure: Friday morning, September 19th, 2014

Return: Friday evening, September 19th, 2014

Cost: $75.00 (includes lunch, transportation, class,  and housing costs), there will be an additional service fee of $4.75 after completing registration.

How to Register: Registration begins on July 28th at 11:00a.m. Participant spots for the backpacking trip are limited to 25 students. Because of the limited space, registration will be first come, first served. Fees for the program are not refundable.

Indoor Rock Climbing at Planet Granite *New for 2014*

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Learn the skills of rock climbing and working as a tram at Planet Granite! Spend the day with 28 incoming students and two faculty members for a four hour indoor climbing event. The day will include belaying and top rope climbing lessons. After participants get comfortable with indoor climbing, the instructors at Planet Granite will host team building activities including: blindfolded climbing, relay races, three-legged climbing, plus more!

Move-In Date: Thursday, September 18th, 2014 (must be moved in by 4:00 p.m.)

Departure: Friday, September 19th, 2014

Return: Friday, September19th, 2014 (back by 5:00 p,m.)

Cost: $100 (includes transportation, class, and housing costs) there will be an additional service fee of $4.75 after completing registration.

How to Register: Registration begins on July 28th at 11:00a.m. Participant spots for the backpacking trip are limited to 28 students. Because of the limited space, registration will be first come, first served. Fees for the program are not refundable.


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 academic 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. Both kayaking and rock climbing will require some strenuous activity, but anyone can participate!

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 Activity 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 organization that dedicates itself to providing students with opportunities to explore the beauty and wilderness of California and beyond. 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 Chartered Student Organization (CSO) and will be advertising at the Involvement Fair on the first Monday of school. For more information about Into the Wild, contact the organization’s president, Anderson Barkow at abarkow@scu.edu.

 
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