Outdoor Adventure Sports Class

The Outdoor Adventure Sports class is the setting in which LLC students begin to learn within a cohort, develop a versatile skill set, and challenge themselves holistically.  During the class, each student will cycle through three unique outdoor sports: climbing, mountain biking, outdoor living skills. The class is broken into three 3-week rotations during which students develop skills in each of the outdoor sports. After the three rotations, students choose one of four (we add paddling as a specialization option) sports to focus on during a required Fall Break trip.  

  • Three 3-week rotations followed by a specialization weekend (Fall Break weekend)
  • Rotate through the sports with a cohort of students from the LLC (17 students)
  • Weekend trips do not conflict with family weekend or home football games
  • Class ends 4-5 weeks early in the semester to give students increased space to focus on academics
  • All expenses of the weekend trips are covered in the program fee
  • Listed as a Lifetime Fitness class, it will work toward all degree plans at Baylor

Adventure with a Purpose

Rock Climbing

Responsibility is the critical component of climbing.  This is experienced as students learn to belay classmates 52 feet up on the indoor rock wall.  Students will walk away certified to belay at the rock.  Then the adventure weekend will take the climbing outdoors to the beautiful Enchanted Rock State Park in the hill country. 

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is the sport where students require resilience: not making it up/down that hill, getting back on the bike and doing it again.  The class will start with basics of balance, position, technique and maintenance.  Then students will challenge themselves on the fantastic trails of Cameron Park just 3 miles off campus. 

Facilitation

In Facilitation, students learn how to engage adventure and each other not as consumers but as critical thinkers and active participants.  After Fall Break, we'll pull the whole community together and have some fun engaging in challenging activities and digging into questions on how to be successful in college. The class focuses on giving the students skills to ask questions, lead others through challenging situations, and process their experiences. 

Outdoor Living/Backpacking

To be able to thrive in the restful beauty of the outdoors is the goal of this class.  The skills of outdoor ethics, making a fantastic camping meal, setting up shelters, and choosing the right gear allow the students to unplug and find rest in the outdoors.

Outdoor Adventure
Living-Learning Center

Penland Residence Hall, 4th Floor

(254) 710-4702