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All new students will participate in a WOA trip as part of Orientation. All incoming students will be placed into an Orientation Group with 20-25 other new students, led by 3 or 4 upperclass students called First Year Guides. On Monday of Orientation, each Orientation Group will depart for their WOA trip; groups will return on Thursday afternoon.
Cabin Camping: Alpine Meadows (Relaxed)
Located in the San Bernardino Mountains just 45 minutes away from campus, this trip will consist of day hikes, bike riding, a high ropes course, and campfires. Students will sleep in cabins and have access to running water and indoor restrooms.
Cabin Camping: Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times (Moderate)
Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times provides a chance for incoming students to immerse themselves in the many service opportunities around the area. This particular trip will focus on helping the camp prepare for opening and building structures that will help families that have been affected by childhood cancer. Downtime activities include a ropes course, hikes, and swimming in the pool. Students will sleep in cabins with running water and restrooms.
Cabin Camping: Idyllwild Pines (Relaxed)
Students on this trip will partake in camping activities such as hiking, making their own food, and campfires. Students will also spend some time on a high ropes course and spend the evenings enjoying s’mores in the camp’s outdoor amphitheater. This group will sleep in cabins with running water and indoor restrooms.
Camping: Calabasas (Moderate)
Just 25 miles from LA, Calabasas is a beautiful haven of nature and is considered one of the best places to stargaze in LA. With various trails and exciting wildlife, this trip is great for those who enjoy hiking and being outdoors. Nighttime activities include camping in tents, stargazing and enjoying yummy s’mores! There will be showers and restrooms with running water nearby.
Camping: Carpinteria State Beach (Moderate)
Twelve miles south of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria State Beach offers a mile of beach for swimming, surf fishing, tide pool exploring and camping. Groups will enjoy their days on hikes and their nights in tents. Campfires and stargazing are a must on the gorgeous beach. There will be showers and restrooms with running water nearby.
Camping: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (Moderate)
Located in sunny San Diego, the park is marked by forests of oak, pine, and cedar, which surround peaceful mountain meadows and provide an undisturbed setting for miles of scenic hiking and equestrian trails. Groups will participate in hikes, campfires, and fun games. Nights will be spent camping in tents. There will be showers and restrooms with running water nearby.
Camping: Jackson Flats (Moderate)
Jackson Flats sits in grassy spaces among groves of pine and fir trees. Campers can enjoy hiking, relaxing in the shade, and campfires. Students can hike a few short trail loops around the campground including a connector trail that leads to the Pacific Crest Trail. This trip will include various camping activities. Nights will be spent camping in tents. There will be showers and restrooms with running water nearby.
Camping: Palomar Mountain (Moderate)
Palomar Mountain State Park features spectacular views of the Pacific. Located on 1,897 acres, coniferous forests cover the mountain in contrast to the dry lowlands surrounding the mountain. The group will participate in hikes and camping activities including campfires. Nights will be spent in tents, with showers and restrooms with running water nearby.
Camping: Point Mugu (Moderate)
Point Mugu State Park, located in the Santa Monica Mountains, features five miles of ocean shoreline with rocky bluffs, sandy beaches and sand dunes, rugged hills and uplands, two major river canyons, wide grassy valleys dotted with sycamores, oaks and a few native walnuts. The group will participate in hikes and camping activities including campfires. The group will be sleeping in tents at a campsite close to the beach. There will be showers and restrooms with running water nearby.
Camping: Refugio State Beach (Moderate)
Refugio State Beach is a protected state beach park located 20 miles west of Santa Barbara, California. Palm trees planted near Refugio Creek give a distinctive look to the beach and camping area. Groups will enjoy their days on hikes and spend their nights in tents. Campfires and stargazing are a must on the gorgeous beach. There will be showers and restrooms with running water nearby.
Urban Exploration: L.A. (Relaxed)
A mere 35 minutes away from CMC, the city of Los Angeles is famed as the center of the nation’s film and television industry, as well as a mecca of arts, culture, and diversity. This trip will explore the many different opportunities that Los Angeles has to offer, including visits to museums and cultural landmarks and learning how to navigate the city. This trip will also work with the Sierra Service Project on a nearby community engagement project. Students will sleep on beds with restrooms nearby.
Urban Exploration: San Diego (Relaxed)
Spend your WOA trip exploring the beautiful San Diego. Students will explore nearby Balboa Park, spend a day exploring the San Diego Zoo, and check out nearby beaches, parks, and art galleries. This trip will also work with the Sierra Service Project on a nearby community engagement project. Students will sleep on beds with restrooms nearby.
Multi Sport: Crystal Cove (Challenging)
Crystal Cove is a 3.5 mile stretch of pristine coastline located in Northern Orange County. If you enjoy the beach-y outdoors, Crystal Cove is the place for you. Led by professional guides, we will take you surfing, kayaking, and snorkeling of course. Nights will be spent camping on the beach and enjoying the starry skies with running water and restrooms nearby.
Multi Sport: Ojai (Challenging)
Students will stay in Wheeler Gorge Campground in the Los Padres National Forest provides scenic views of a nearby stream, as well as vast mountain vista. A nearby paved trail runs through the bohemian town of Ojai to the nearby beach. Adventure activities include surfing, mountain biking, exploring a water fall and local hot springs.
Multi Sport: Sycamore Canyon (Challenging)
Sycamore Canyon is located in the beautiful Point Mugu State Park in Malibu, California. Hiking and camping are a must in this beautiful canyon. Professional guides will lead the group in activities such as mountain biking, surfing, and rock climbing. We will spend our nights camping and admiring the beautiful night sky with restrooms with running water and showers nearby.
Rafting: American River (Challenging)
Perfect for those who love the excitement and thrill of rafting down a rushing river! Explore the American River, a river system that runs from the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range to its confluence with the Sacramento River. Students will spend time on both the middle and south forks of the river, pending water levels. Led by professional guides, this trip consists of daily rafting, water activities, and more. Cabin housing is provided as well as running water and bathrooms. This trip is located a 6 hour bus ride from campus. (4 trips)