Wyoming Catholic College
Wyoming Catholic College is a small Great Books Liberal Arts college located in Lander, Wyoming. Every student at the college follows a specific curriculum which includes 11 required credits in the Outdoor Leadership Program which take place during all four years of a student’s education. WCC’s unique outdoor program includes the following requirement for every student at the college: a 21-day backpacking trip prior to their Freshman fall semester, a 7-day winter expedition prior to their Freshman spring semester, 2 credits of horsemanship, a 1 credit class-based and field-based outdoor leadership course both semesters of their sophomore, junior and senior year (2 credits per year for a total of 6 credits) which all require a week-long outdoor trip (all sophomores, juniors and seniors are required to do 2 one week-long trip every year though many do 1 or 2 extra trips each year by choice). The college runs over 30 week-long trips each year throughout Wyoming and its adjacent states involving a wide variety of outdoor trips including backpacking, canyoneering, mountaineering, canoeing, sea kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and kayaking, winter backpacking, cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing, ice climbing, fishing and more. The ultimate purpose of these trips is for students to experience Christ through his 1st book “nature”, deepen students’ sense of wonder and imagination, develop and improve students’ leadership, character, virtues and other lifelong skills. While teaching technical skills is a key element of the program the college more importantly uses intentionally designed reflections on each trip and after each trip returns to transfer learning from the trip to one’s future life. This use of Experiential Education is foundational to the program as is the key to reaching the program’s goals. Additional information about the college and the outdoor program structure and its goals can be seen on the college’s website: www.wyomingcatholiccollege.com.