Adventure Weekend

August 30-September 1, 2019

Organized by the Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement office, 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. 

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  • STEMinist Adventure Retreat sponsored by POET: 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 make s’mores around the camp fire, watch movies on the lawn, try out sunrise yoga, chill and play games in the coffee shop and if you’re brave, zoom down a waterslide in the woods in the dark (affectionately known as the “backwoods luge”). New this year, attendees can also test their limits and experience the Black Hills from new heights on the zip line and high ropes courses. More of the nature walk and read a good book type? That’s fine. All social activities are optional. Plus, WiSE mentors from every department will be there to offer words of advice and help you jumpstart your college career. Sorry guys, this weekend is for STEMinists only. All participants will receive an exclusive STEMinist gift. We’ll stay in cabins, but make sure to pack your sleeping bag and a towel. Friday, August 30 (5 pm) Saturday, August 31, (1:30 pm) Cost: $10.00 plus tax (open to all first-year women).
  • Stars and Rockets: South Dakota is the perfect place to see the 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 view various celestial bodies through telescopes. You won't want to miss this evening's spectacular views! Fri. Aug. 30 (6 pm – 10 pm). Cost: $10.00 plus tax (Limited to 22 participants)

  • Rock Climbing at South Seas:  TRIP FULL 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. 31 (9 am - approx. 4 pm). Cost: $25.00 plus tax (Limited to 10 participants) TRIP FULL

  • 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. 31, (9 am – 5 pm). Cost: $30.00 plus tax (Limited to 17 participants)

  • Laser Tag and Go Karts with Student Senate: TRIP FULL 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 31 (11 am – 5 pm). Cost: $25.00 plus tax (Limited to 11 participants)
  • SDSM&T Adventure Weekend: Sponsored by the Military Science Department, students will enjoy the great outdoors, use paintball guns, learn team building skills, and meet their peers during this simulated military mission and problem-solving adventure that will require leadership, teamwork and analytical skills. The adventure will be conducted on a local military training facility, and will pit participants against time, terrain and experienced soldiers, in a simulated military mission! This adventure is moderately strenuous and requires participants to bring water, wear rugged clothing that you don't mind getting dirty, and to wear good shoes. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams. Sat. Aug. 31 (8am-5pm). Cost:  FREE (limited to 40 participants)

  • Nuclear 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. Sept. 1st (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 30th (5 pm – 8 pm), August 31st (9 am – 8 pm) and September 1st (9 am – 5 pm). Cost $55.00 plus tax (Limited to 15 participants)

  • Materials 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 31 (8:30am - 6pm). Cost: FREE (Limited to 30 participants)

  • Exploring, Fishing and Hiking in the Black Hills:  We will gather at 5:00 pm, Friday, August 30 to drive to our camp site at Deerfield Lake.  This is a beautiful Forest Service Campground in the Northern Hills.  We will be joined by 2 Faculty who especially enjoy fishing in the Black Hills.  From our camp site there are several short hike options as well as a half day moderate hike around the lake.  InterVarsity Christian Fellowship invites you to come away for some fun camping, fishing, hiking and exploring.  You may provide your own camping equipment but tents and cooking utensils as well as food will be provided.  You will need to have some shoes for hiking.  You may also bring your own fishing equipment.  We also have some sleeping bags available.  We will return to campus early afternoon on Sunday, September 1Cost: $39.00 plus tax (Limited to 30 participants)

  • Need for Speed & Off-road Baja: TRIP FULL 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 provided in the CAT Lab). Saturday, Aug. 31, (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 provided at the airfield). Sunday, Sept 1, (9am-4pm). Cost $25.00 plus tax (Limited to 18)

  • Motorcycle Tour:  Minimum required gear for all riders and passengers: Motorcycle, helmets, boots, gloves, no shorts.  All release forms signed in advance. Cost: $12 cash for entry fees to Custer State Park and Mount Moriah Cemetery. Purchase your own gas and snacks along the way. Lunch at Rico’s in Hill City on Dr. Kerk. If it gets late in the day, supper at Loud American Steakhouse in Sturgis for Steak Tips on Dr. Kerk. No alcohol allowed at any point throughout the day.  Saturday, August 31st - *note* $12 cash cost is for during the ride, not paid in advance. (Limited to 7)