Portage: The Journey Begins
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Dive into friendships, thinking and experiential learning—all of which will be part of your Northwestern experience—by participating in Portage. Portage is a wilderness experience designed for incoming freshmen and transfer students. In August, prior to Orientation, Portage takes students on an outdoor adventure in Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). While camping, canoeing and portaging (carrying your canoe overland), you'll have a chance to explore your faith and character as you prepare to get as much as you can—learning with your head and heart—from your college experience.
Christian community—it's wild!
Portage leaders are experienced wilderness instructors trained through Coldwater Foundation's Wilderness Leadership Experience and NWC upperclassmen student leaders. They'll guide your exploration of what it means to be a Christian in community while you work together to navigate the BWCA, talk around the campfire each night, and spend time journaling and reflecting.
Participation costs $450 and is limited to the first 24 students who register. Scholarships are available; email Linden Figgie for information.
A Coldwater Foundation program, Portage is sponsored by Northwestern College's Franken Leadership Institute to promote and foster a lifestyle of leadership on NWC's campus.