Western Outdoor Orientation Trips provides a unique opportunity for first year students to spend a week backpacking and exploring the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest with a group of fellow students prior to the beginning of their first quarter at WWU. Harnessing the transformative power of the outdoors, WOOT offers an enhanced orientation experience in which students forge friendships, learn new skills, gain mentors, and make incredible memories. WOOT leads to stronger and more meaningful connections that can contribute to an impactful and fulfilling Western Experience boosting student's academic success.
As a self supported orientation program, WOOT is asking for help to support students who would greatly benefit from this opportunity. Currently it costs $500.00 to participate in the WOOT program. In addition, the equipment required to participate can be cost prohibitive. Our goals are to provide scholarships for students in need as well as have the ability to outfit them with the necessary equipment at no additional cost.
You may ask does this program really make a difference in their Western Experience?
Here's what some of the students' have had to say:
"It was one of the best experiences of my entire life. It was great to make a group of close friends before school actually started. I don't feel so alone on campus because I know there are people I can turn to."
"The WOOT! Trip provided me with a sense of safety and sense of home. It provided family for me… Having this opportunity allowed me to face my past, realize these people love me anyway, that I’m not alone, that I’m okay now, and to some extent heal, let go, and move on"
"Best college experience yet, it helped me shake off the gross High School stereotype and be myself. It was hugely helpful in making my transition."
"This was an extremely worthwhile experience that I would recommend to anyone coming into college, regardless of whether they have an interest in outdoor activities. The focus was on group bonding rather than outdoor skills, and allowed our group to become a cohesive whole, accepting and supporting one another. Our friendships have translated well to college and allowed me to feel that I had friends and a support group when I first came here when I otherwise would have known no one. I still feel that I know and trust people from my outdoor orientation trip better than most anyone else on campus."
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