Organized by the Student Activities & Leadership Center, Adventure Weekend is open to all new, incoming students. Adventure Weekend is
an opportunity for new students to meet one another, experience the Rapid City region,
and form connections with returning students, faculty and staff.
Register here via the interactive checklist.
Adventure Retreat: All new
women students are highly encouraged to attend this adventure-packed weekend
with Women in Science and Engineering. We’ll escape to the cabins at Cedar
Canyon Camp in Rapid City to play black-light volleyball, make s’mores around
the camp fire, try out sunrise yoga, and if you’re really brave, zoom down a
waterslide in the woods in the dark (affectionately known as the “backwoods
luge”). More of the nature walk and read a good book type? That’s fine. All
social activities are optional. We’ll also connect with upper class women
mentors, and get advice from successful women in industry to jumpstart you
college career. Sorry guys, this weekend is for STEMinists only. All
participants will receive an exclusive STEMinist t-shirt. Friday, August 25 (3:30
pm) Saturday, August 26, (3 pm) Cost: $40.00 plus tax (open to all first year
- Stars and
Rockets: South Dakota is the perfect
place to see the moon and stars at their best and brightest! Come join the SEDS
(Students for the Exploration and Development of Space) chapter to launch model
rockets high in the sky and then travel to an observatory to view various
celestial bodies. You won't want to miss this evening's spectacular views! Fri.
Aug. 25 (6 pm – 10 pm). Cost: $10.00 plus tax (Limited to 22 participants)
Climbing at South Seas:
Sponsored by the Hardrocker Climbing Club, this day-long adventure will give
students an opportunity to learn the basics of rock climbing at South Seas near
Mt. Rushmore. We will climb a variety of short routes of varying
difficulty, matched to the abilities of the students. We will finish the
day with a barbecue near the climbing area. All necessary equipment provided.
Largest shoe size is 13. Sat. Aug. 26 (9 am - approx. 4 pm). Cost: $25.00
plus tax (Limited to 10 participants)
- Geology Hike and Agate
Hunting Adventure: The “Geology Hike and Agate
Hunting Adventure” will provide students with an opportunity to observe
and learn about the rich geologic history of the Black Hills region.
In the morning we will take a hike through a canyon that provides an
excellent opportunity to observe some Black Hills geology
first-hand. In the afternoon we will hunt for agates in one of the
well-known agate localities in the plains just east of the Black
Hills. Students will also have an opportunity to interact with
current undergraduate students and faculty from the Department of Geology
and Geological Engineering. Sat. Aug. 26, (9 am – 5 pm). Cost: $30.00 plus tax
(Limited to 17 participants)
- Laser Tag
and Go Karts with Student Senate: Enjoy a day
of laser tag and go karting with the Student Senate. Afterwards, picnicking and
a movie will finish the day. This weekend sends you to a few of School of
Mines’ favorite places and activities around Rapid City. During the event, ask
student senators about what it means to represent students to the university,
community, and state government. Sat. Aug 26 (11 am – 5 pm). Cost: $25.00
plus tax (Limited to 11 participants)
Adventure Weekend: Sponsored
by the Military Science Department, students will enjoy the great outdoors,
learn team building skills, and meet their peers during this
Geocaching/Orienteering and problem solving Adventure that will require
leadership, teamwork and analytical skills. This adventure is moderately
strenuous and requires participants to bring water and to wear good shoes.
Prizes will be awarded to the top teams. Sat. Aug. 26 (8 am – 5 pm). Cost:
$10.00 plus tax (Limited to 40 participants)
Nerdvana: You never forget your first Nuclear Missile!
Join the Physics Department in a visit to the South Dakota Air & Space
Museum and enter one of the few remaining training bunkers used by the
U.S. Air-force, which houses a Minuteman Nuclear Missile. Learn how
Ellsworth Air Force Base aided in the defense of our country during the
cold war era. Sun. Aug. 27 (9 am -12 pm). Cost: $10.00 plus tax
(Limited to 10 participants)
- Digging into the Past: Sponsored by Paleontology Club, will take you on an
adventure into the paleontology of the state. During the trip, you will
have the opportunity to go out into the field and prospect for fossils,
camp, and hike while learning more about the local area’s past. August
25th (5 pm – 8 pm), August 26th (9 am – 8 pm) and August 27th (9 am – 5 pm).
Cost $55.00 plus tax (Limited to 15 participants)
- Soak Up Local Culture and History - Sponsored
by HAP’N "Enjoy
a day exploring the local art and culture of Rapid City with SDSMT's HAP’N
group. Beginning at the APEX gallery here on campus, we will meander
through downtown Rapid City while enjoying local sculpture work, Art
Alley, the Dahl Art Museum, and the Suzie Kappa Art Center before creating
some art of our own. We will be stopping for lunch at Philly Ted's, a
locally owned restaurant and Mines student favorite spot to get a bite.
Please dress in comfortable walking shoes and clothes that you wouldn't
mind getting paint on."
Sat. Aug. 26th (11 am-5 pm) Cost:
$25.00 plus tax.
(Limited to 15 participants.)
Minicamp: Sponsored by the Metallurgy
and Materials Science Department, Materials Minicamp is a whole-day adventure
in the realm of metallurgy and materials! Students will have the opportunity to
experience blacksmithing, metal casting, materials testing, and
optical/electron microscopy. In addition, students will be given a tour of the
cutting edge Advanced Materials Processing and Joining Laboratory on campus,
which includes the chance to see the research equipment in action. Sat. Aug.
26 (8:30am - 6pm). Cost: FREE (Limited to 30 participants)
- Serving and Exploring the Black Hills: Intervarsity
Christian Fellowship along with 2 SDSMT faculty would like to invite you
to spend the weekend serving and exploring in the Black Hills. We
will gather at 9am on Saturday, August 26 in upper Surbeck for the
community service component. Past projects have included clearing
fallen trees, weed whacking and painting. We will spend Saturday
morning doing community service. In the afternoon we will travel to
a Dutchman campground where we will camp, fish and hike in the Black Hills
thru Sunday morning. You will need some sturdy shoes for work and
hiking and long pants for the work on Saturday. You will also need a
sleeping bag, pillow and other personal items. Tents, food and
fishing equipment will be provided. We will return by 2pm on Sunday.
Sat. Aug. 26 (9 am) to Sun. Aug. 27 Cost: $50.00 plus tax
(Limited to 30 participants)
- Camping & Hiking at Sylvan Lake: This
is an overnight camping trip at Sylvan Lake Campground in beautiful Custer
State Park. During the overnight retreat, you will experience the best of
the Black Hills: hiking Harney Peak. Don’t miss out on an adventure set in
the heart of the Black Hills while getting to know some of your peers.
Camping equipment is available, if you cannot provide your own. Sat.
Aug. 26 (10am) through Sun. Aug. 27 (5pm). Cost: $30.00 plus tax
(Limited to 20 participants)
for Speed & Off-road Baja:
Students will have the opportunity to experience two of CAMP’s Society of
Automotive Engineering teams – Formula SAE and Baja SAE. Students will get
to see concepts and designs of past vehicles put into practice. And yes,
they will get to drive through an obstacle course! Make sure to wear
sneakers and long pants. (Lunch in the CAT Lab). Saturday, Aug. 26
(9am-4pm). Cost: $25.00 plus tax (Limited to 18)
Come Fly With Me: CAMP’s flying teams, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
and the Aero Design Team will take students through their design/build/test
process of their latest planes and drones. Students will be taken to RC Prop
busters Flying Field for the flying! (Lunch at the airfield).Sunday, Aug.
27 (9am-4pm). Cost $25.00 plus tax (Limited to 18)