Dean of Students

Welcome Orientation Adventure

Welcome to W.O.A.!

Registration Information

Coming Spring 2015!

What is W.O.A.!?

W.O.A.! stands for Welcome. Orientation. Adventure.! W.O.A.! Trips are destination experiences designed to help students make connections and learn life skills before entering college at CMC. Our many trip offerings allow students a variety of opportunities and activities, from surfing to camping to community service and urban engagement. There is truly something for everyone! Each group consists of 15-20 new students and three First Year Guides who are currently enrolled at CMC.

W.O.A.! Trips are designed to promote:

  • A supportive relationship with peers
  • A mentoring relationship with trip leaders
  • A sense of community and belonging
  • Readiness for college life
  • Personal growth
  • Leadership skills
  • A connection to the natural world
  • Responsibility for self and others
  • Decision making skills
  • Challenge and discovery
  • Self-awareness and self-confidence
  • An awesome introduction to the CMC lifestyle!

Who Participates in W.O.A.!?

Everyone! All new students, freshman and transfer, will go on a W.O.A.! trip as part of their Orientation experience. There are approximately 18 different trip options and there is something for everyone! Applications to list trip preferences will be available in late Spring 2015 through the Orientation Portal.

It is imperative that students who plan on playing a fall sport contact their coach in order to coordinate practice schedules with your W.O.A.! trip. International students who would like to participate in W.O.A.! need to see the International Student Orientation Schedule.

What Should I Bring?

Students will most likely be bringing the items needed for their trip to college. More specific items, such as sleeping bags and pads, are available for a small rental fee if you cannot bring your own. Once you have been assigned a trip, you will receive an electronic packet detailing your trip and the items you will need to bring. Be mindful that while you are on your trip, you will be away from campus and will not have access to your room, so bring what you need and leave what you don't!

First Year Guides

Trips are comprised of 3-4 First Year Guides per 15-20 participants. Each trip has at least one male and one female guide who represent a variety of class years. First Year Guides participate in mandatory training prior to the trips, including a course in basic wilderness first aid, in order to ensure safe and well-run trips.

2014 Trip Destinations- (2015 Trip Destinations will be posted in Spring 2015!)

  • Alpine Meadows (Cabin Camping)
  • American River Rafting (2 trips)
  • Inland Malibu Camping
  • Inland San Diego Camping
  • L.A. Urban Engagement
  • Palomar Mountain Camping
  • Point Mugu Beach Camping
  • Ronald McDonald Camp for Good Times
  • Santa Barbara Camping & Community
  • Santa Barbara Multi-Sport
  • Santa Barbara Surfing
  • Table Mountain Camping