The Sweet Briar Outdoor Program
The Sweet Briar Outdoor Program (SBC Outdoors) strives to create outdoor recreational opportunities that foster personal growth, responsibility, leadership and environmental sensitivity through experiential learning in small group settings. Check out the trail map and all the activities on campus as well as those trips off campus.
The Sweet Briar Outdoor Program strives to:
- Create opportunities for students to have meaningful interactions among peers, staff and faculty
- Make meaningful curriculum connections through relevant experiences outside of the classroom
- Offer programs and activities that encourge morally and ethically responsible behavior, sportsmanship and cooperation
- Educate students in the value of leisure time through development of lifetime skills, leadership and the practice of wellness
- Teach value and conservation of the environment through Leave No Trace Wilderness Ethics
Every Wednesday, come Indoor Rock Climbing or Kayaking in the pool with us!
Indoor Rock Climbing
Rise Up Climbing Gym offers several routes that cater to every climber from beginner to advanced. Come and build your skills by challenging yourself on either the bouldering wall or the top robes! On alternating Wednesdays each month, the 'Sweet Climbers' will be making the trip to Rise Up from 7-10 p.m. The Outdoor Program instructors are there to teach, encourage and guide you as you climb on. Stop in the office to learn more and check out our Belay Bonanzas to learn how to get belay-certified.
Kayak Water Polo
On the alternating Wednesdays that we don't go climbing, we spend quality time in our kayaks ... in the Sweet Briar Pool! Join us for games and other fun skill building activities from 7:30-9 p.m. These clinics are open to everyone and beginners are always welcome.
Here are some of our unique trips this fall (more will be added soon, keep checking back):
Sweet Briar’s Outing Cabin was built in the 1930s by Sweet Briar students who wanted a place they could go to get off main campus and away from the stress of school for a night or a weekend. Today, students use if for the same purpose; it is a rustic retreat in the woods that is an enjoyable getaway. The cabin is available to all Sweet Briar student and their guest.
The Outing Cabin Overnight is an overnight trip to the outing cabin. We'll leave campus and hike the 2 miles from campus to the cabin. Instructors will certify students in opening and closing procedures and we'll spend the rest of the evening fixing a meal over the fire as we get to know each other better. The cabin is cute, quaint and a beautiful place to spend the evening with friends, new and old. In the morning we will fix breakfast, pack up, close up and head back to campus.
White Water Rafting
Looking for something fun to do over reading days? The Outdoor Program will be heading to West Virginia for a white water rafting on the New River Gorge. We'll leave campus Friday afternoon, campout and on Saturday we'll spend the day on the river. Get ready for some serious white water and boatloads of fun. We will return to campus on Sunday with plenty of time to get settled before classes resume. It's the perfect way to catch a break in the middle of the semester. This trip is a favorite among Outdoor Program Instructors. Don't take our word for it — Come see for yourself!
The Summit Series!
There are four hikes in this series and we will reach a summit on each one! If you choose to accept the challenge and join us for all four hikes you'll
1. See 4 spectacular views
2. Meet amazing people
3. Get great exercise outdoors
4. Get a FREE, and very cool, T-shirt that will brag about your awesome accomplishment!
If you miss a Summit Hike, don’t worry! There are ways to make up missed hikes. Stop by the Outdoor Program’s office to find out details.
This trip began as a day hike, then turn into an overnight, and each year participants have asked for more! This year, join John Casteen, creative writing professor, and Outdoor Program instructors on a three-day, two-night retreat in Shenandoah National Park. We will be staying in beautiful cabin nestled in the woods where we’ll make stew together and spend our days hiking, connecting to place, reflecting and writing. This trip is open to writers and non-writers. Don’t miss out.
Interested in exploring the depths of a cave? Come join the Outdoor Program for Caving and maybe see some bats! This semester, the trip will be on Nov. 9. Make sure to keep an eye out for the mandatory informational meeting!
Check out our trip schedule to see a complete list of the trips offered this semester.