Push Outdoor Boundaries
What if you could plan a full year of outdoor discovery, with no limits on challenges or destinations?
You might start with backpacking in Arizona, add some bouldering in Texas and test your bounderies further with kayaking, and trekking in obscure corners of the world. You wouldn't want to go it alone, so you'd assemble the solid team of adventure leaders: a rock climbing guide, a nationally recognized photographer, a marathon runner, a swiftwater rescue technician, a Wilderness First Responder, and a veteran kayaking guide. And of course, you'd bring an adventurous group of old and new friends. Sound like an outdoor dream? More like a dream come true.
Our Walkabout program connects students to the environment virtually every day of the year. While not mandatory(except for the Freshman Trip), Walkabout can be one of the most demanding activities on campus, and that's exactly why it's so popular. A typical afternoon might be spent learning to roll a kayak in the Baylor pool or trail running in Prentice Cooper State Forest. Trips abroad are an annual tradition. And the leadership of our Walkabout faculty (who teach in Baylor classrooms as well) is matched only by the passion of our student instructors. Walkabout student instructors are chosen for their desire and ability to teach and share their outdoor passions with their classmates and often their teachers. They are chosen for their desire to lead.
MORE ABOUT WALKABOUT
Walkabout is Baylor's nationally recognized outdoor program, and is open to all students in grades 6-12. Students involved in Walkabout have the opportunity to rock climb, kayak, or trail run as part of their athletic requirement. Want to do even more? Walkabout offers a variety of outdoor trips each weekend and break
For more information on Walkabout, contact Tim Williams at 423-267-8506, ext. 577, or email Tim.
FROM THE DIRECTOR
"One of the keys to Walkabout's success is due to the fact that students get to spend time with their teachers outside of the classroom context. It's one thing for a student to learn rock climbing from a hired professional guide, but quite another to go backpacking in the Smokies with their algebra teacher. There are profound moments when students are teaching their teachers. This shared adventure builds relationships that enhance the classroom experience. In this way, Walkabout is woven into the fabric of a Baylor education.”
Tim Williams, Walkabout Director