The Raider Wilderness Experience (RWE) offers a great chance to start your college career with adventure and challenge. These safety minded, small group adventures are led by SOU student staff to some of the best outdoor locations in the region. These fun and challenging adventures are a great way to make friends and have some time to reflect on your transition into university life. All adventures include instruction, meals, equipment, park entrance fees, and three nights of camping. No experience is necessary for any of our adventures. Early move in is available for those staying in a residence hall for the 2020-21 academic year. You will be moved into your room and invited to enjoy dinner at the Hawk that evening. The cost for early move in and meals will be a total of $75.

NEW for 2019! Raider Service Experience: Raider Alternative Breaks is partnering with the Outdoor Program to offer an additional new student experience called Raider Service Experience! Raider Service Experience offers a great way to connect with other new students through volunteer service and learning! All the basic details for Raider Service Experience are the same for the other RWE trips, and check out the trip description below for more information and a link to sign-up!  Trip fee for Raider Service Experience is $200 per participant.

For more information about RWE contact the Outdoor Program Coordinator at

Sign-ups will open late spring 2020!

Trip-specific sign up forms are linked below!


Early move in for participants living on campus: Sunday prior to trip
Trip Dates: Monday - Thursday
Pre trip meeting:
6:00pm on Sunday, prior to trip at the Outdoor Program
Depart from the Outdoor Program:
8:00am Monday
Returns to the Outdoor Program:
4:00pm Thursday
Trip Cost:

The Outdoor Programs welcomes all members of the SOU community to participate in our trips and events regardless of gender identification, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, height, favorite band, food preferences or any of the cool things that make our community vibrant and diverse. 
You are the best judge of whether a trip is a good fit for you. If you are thinking about going on one but are nervous and need more information about the trip, or need some accommodation, please contact the Outdoor Program at