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Alpine Meadows - Cabin Camping (Relaxing)

Alpine Meadows is the perfect trip if you are ready to have an outdoor experience but still want some of the basic comforts of home. For this trip you will spend your time at the Alpine Meadows Camp and Retreat Center. This trip incudes day hikes to nearby lakes and lookouts, bike riding around the camp and on trails, and a High & Low ropes course. You will also have access to all the amenities of the camp including cabins with bunk beds and indoor bathrooms.

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American River Rafting (Moderate)

If you love adventure and don’t mind getting wet then this is the trip for you. On this trip you will white water raft alongside trained guides down the American River. You will spend your evenings camping and relaxing. On this trip you will have access to hot showers and flush toilets. No previous experience with rafting is required. Participants are cautioned that due to the nature of white water rafting some sections of the river may be physically challenging.

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Inland Malibu Camping (Relaxing)

This trip is great if you enjoy nature but prefer a more relaxed setting. On this trip you will camp at Malibu Creek State park and will have the opportunity to day hike along Malibu and Las Virgenes Creek, and share stories with fellow classmates over late night campfires. Renowned for its beautiful rolling hills and lush scenery, the park used to be owned by 20th Century Fox studios and was the used in the filming of many famous productions including “Planet of the Apes” and “Pleasantville.”

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Inland San Diego Camping (Relaxing)

This trip is perfect if you like the outdoors but are interested in a relaxed setting. For this trip you will camp at William Heise Park and have access to miles of nearby hiking trails as well as restrooms and showers. Trip details are still being finalized but activities may also include horseback riding and swimming. You will have lots of time to get to know your fellow trip mates and enjoy the beautiful surrounding wildlife.

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L.A. Urban Engagement

L.A. Civic Engagement

Are you interested in community engagement and volunteer work? Not the camping type? Our urban-based community engagement trip to Los Angeles could be the right spot for you. Participants will work on a construction or renovation project with a community partner in south Los Angeles. In addition to volunteer work, you will learn about LA’s vibrant history from a local perspective and will experience the cultural diversity of this region. This trip will be housed at a community center in LA with access to showers and a kitchen. This trip is a good option if you are interested in learning about the greater Los Angeles region.

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Palomar Mountain Camping (Relaxing)

Boasting open meadows and thick forests, Palomar Mountain State Park is a beautiful and tranquil break from the noise and stress of the LA metropolis. Participants on this trip will spend their days visiting local park attractions such as historic sites and lookout points and exploring the nearby hiking trails. At Palomar Mountain participants will also have access to hot showers and flush toilets.

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Point Mugu Beach Camping (Relaxing)

If you love the beach look no further. For this trip you will camp at Point Mugu Beach next to the Santa Monica Mountains. During the trip you will have the opportunity to hike and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the La Jolla Valley, swim, body surf, and soak in some southern California sun while relaxing on the beach.

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Ronald McDonald Camp for Good Times

This group will travel to Idyllwild to Camp Ronald McDonald, a camp for children with cancer and their siblings. While staying in cabins, participants will work around the campus on cabin improvement and the construction of a boardwalk for wheelchair bound campers. Recreation time will include hiking and a ropes course/teamwork activities. This trip is perfect for those interested in having fun and working for a good cause.

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Santa Barbara Camping & Community

Want to combine camping with urban agriculture? This trip will stay at a campsite in Santa Barbara and work with two local organizations focused on sustainable food and hunger relief. Projects include working with Fairview Gardens on projects around the farm, including harvesting and composting, and partnering with Backyard Bounty to harvest and package fresh produce for delivery to a local food bank. In addition to getting to know each other and the community, participants will have recreation opportunities including hiking, hanging out at the beach and relaxing around the campsite.

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Santa Barbara Multi-Sport (Moderate)

Joining the WOA! family of trips this year is Santa Barbara Multi-Sport. For all of you who want to share various outdoor adventures with your CMC colleagues, this is the trip for you! Throughout 4 days you will: Kayak, Snorkel, Bike, Hike, Paddle, Boogie Board, and Horseback Ride! PHEW! You and your classmates will come back with incredible stories of all the amazing things you were able to do in beautiful Santa Barbara!

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Santa Barbara Surfing (Moderate)

Santa Barbara

Keeping in line with the laid-back California lifestyle, what better way to spend your Wilderness Orientation Adventure than playing in the sand and splashing around in the ocean? Never surfed before? No problem. This trip offers a great foundation to surfing, focusing on the fundamentals of paddling, catching waves and riding them. We will be renting surfboards and hiring an instructor so all you really need to think about is your swimsuit! No previous surfing experience is necessary but you must be a capable swimmer.

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Table Mountain Camping (Moderate)

Located in the Angeles National Forest, Table Mountain campground is surrounded by meadows and oak covered hills. This trip is perfect if you enjoy hiking or want to give it a try. Participants will spend their days hiking the nearby trails which can be leisurely to strenuous in difficulty and their nights relaxing around the campsite.

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