Adventure Education at Messiah College
Travelers, wilderness enthusiasts, outfitters and youth ministers thrive in Messiah College’s adventure education program.
If you are interested in the great outdoors and are passionate about helping others achieve their personal best, then Messiah College’s adventure education program is for you. Messiah College’s distinctive adventure education program offers you a pair of courses—Programming and Trip Design, and Trip Implementation—where you’ll spend the fall semester designing a wilderness trip. In the spring semester, you’ll be part of a student team that will recruit other participants, lead week long spring break trips, and be responsible for all aspects of the experience.It’s a first-rate, firsthand experience that gets you ready for an exciting career in adventure education, alternative education, wilderness therapy, camp programming, youth ministry, adventure travel, commercial outfitting or outdoor education.
Adventure education major distinctives
- Learn to design and lead adventure experiences, which facilitate interpersonal relationships, personal growth and group dynamics.
- Gain the theory, knowledge, skills and experience necessary to successfully plan, implement, administer and supervise educational experiences in the outdoor setting.
- Dig into courses ranging from wilderness encounters (a three-week trip) to canoeing, environmental issues, risk management and leadership facilitation.
- Earn nationally recognized certifications including Wilderness First Responder/SOLO and Leave no Trace.
- Pursue additional certifications such as American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) Single Pitch Instruction, American Canoe Association (ACA) Canoe Instructor, and Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) Level 1 Facilitator.
- Spend a semester with the internationally renowned National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), which offers the world’s most spectacular outdoor classrooms.
Career options for adventure education majors
As a graduate of the adventure education, students are equipped to secure positions in areas such as:
- Adventure education programs
- Wilderness therapy programs
- Camp programming
- Youth ministry
- Adventure travel
- Commercial outfitters
- Outdoor education programs
- Graduate school
Internship and research opportunities for adventure education majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program places students in a variety of adventure education internships. A few examples include:
- Kenbrook Camp
- Northbay Adventure
- Diakon (youth at-risk program)
- Spruce Lake Retreat Center
- Yellow Breeches Educational Center
- The Adventure Guild
- Woodcrest Retreat
Learn more about the Department of Health and Human Performance
The Department of Health and Human Performance is housed in the School of Science, Engineering and Health. Learn more about the Department of Health and Human Performance by visiting our website, or check out some of the distinctives below.
- Clubs and student organizations include the Athletic Training Students Association, Sports Management Society, and Pre-Physical Therapy Club.
- Opportunity to work on a human cadaver (pre-physical therapy and pre-professional students)
- Professors' area of research include: youth sports and ethical issues; health education, race/ethnicity; sponsorship and marketing; and strength and conditioning.
- 98 percent acceptance rate into physical therapy, allied health, and other related graduate programs
- Excellent on-campus facilities such as Messiah's extensive applied human physiology lab, athletic training facilities, weight room, natatorium, indoor jogging track, and the Falcon Fitness Center.