LandSea Overview

Location

LandSea is back in 2021 (with some modifications) and we’re excited to explore northern Michigan together this summer! LandSea 2021 will be a unique and exciting outdoor experience taking place at GO-REC, a camp and outdoor education center in the Traverse City region and includes multiple lakes, miles of hiking and biking trails, a climbing tower, and more! Students will have the opportunity to explore lakes, trails, rivers, and more this year.

Trip Options

This year, we’ll have one trip, but offered in two, week-long, identical sessions. Students can sign up for one of these sessions. LandSea 2021 will be similar to our typical “Basecamp” trip option with some unique and exciting twists this year. Participants will be grouped into “patrols,” or small groups, of 6-8 students and will be grouped with 2-3 student leaders who are rising sophomores through seniors at K. These patrols will sleep in campsites under large group tarps and will have access to pit toilets while at Basecamp at GO-REC. The group will have opportunities to build skills in areas such as campcraft, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, and backpacking, along with access to a variety of other exciting outdoor activities such as frisbee golf and climbing at the climbing tower on site. There will be opportunities for service and reflection and there may be opportunities for day trips to local trails and rivers. The experience will also include a two- to three-day, overnight backpacking trip.

Participants, Leaders and Staff

The group of approximately 40-70 participants will be divided into smaller patrols of six to eight, each led by two to three trained student leaders. Kalamazoo College staff are responsible for the program, training student leaders, and all other logistical and administrative matters. Throughout the program, interactions with the leaders, staff and other participants will provide incoming students with a substantial opportunity to become acquainted with other members of the K community.

Prerequisites

A desire to be challenged: Most participants find they are challenged in a variety of ways at different points during the program. Participants should be willing to accept these challenges as well as any inconveniences which may arise.

Physical conditioning: It is important that participants exercise regularly prior to the start of the program. Students who are physically active (whether it’s walking, biking, hiking, etc.) prior to LandSea are in the best shape to enjoy all aspects of the program.

Proper footwear: It is essential that participants equip themselves with a pair of over-the-ankle, well-fitting hiking boots. These boots should be completely broken in prior to the start of the program in order to avoid physical difficulties and discomfort during the trip. Visit our footwear page to learn more about choosing the proper boots. For more information on what gear to bring, please go to the equipment page.

Dates

LandSea Session 1: August 23, 2021 – August 29, 2021

  • Participants who are able should self-transport to or be dropped off at GO-REC on August 23. Check-In information for participants will be communicated this summer.
  • If transportation is needed, we will provide transportation between campus and GO-REC on August 23 and August 29.
  • Pick-Up Information for participants on August 29 will be communicated this summer.
  • Students participating in Session 1 will NOT be provided housing between the end of the session and First Year Move-In on September 8. If you need housing between LandSea and First Year Move-In, please consider registering for Session 2.

LandSea Session 2: September 1, 2021 – September 7, 2021

  • Participants who are able should self-transport to or be dropped off at GO-REC on September 1st. Check-In information for participants will be communicated this summer.
  • If transportation is needed, transportation will be provided between campus and GO-REC on September 1st and September 7th. If students are flying into Kalamazoo, they will be provided with a place to store their belongings required for move-in that they will not be bringing on LandSea and they will be permitted to move in to their dorms a day early on September 7th.
  • Pick-Up Information for participants on September 7th will be communicated this summer.

Religious Observance and LandSea

We recognize there are times when the dates of LandSea may occur during major religious, spiritual, or cultural holidays and events. If you have questions about how your religious or spiritual practice might be accommodated within the confines of the trip, please contact the Outdoor Programs office.

Trip Difficulty

No prior experience is necessary in order to participate in LandSea. We strive to offer a program with a variety of activities with varying degrees of challenge.

LandSea Preparation

A key to adjusting to life at camp and on trail is to be active regularly prior to the start of the program. Students who prepare by exercising or being active 3-4 times a week during the summer prior to LandSea are in the best shape to enjoy all aspects of the trip. 

As we are all transitioning from a time of increased isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we also encourage you to take some time before the program to reflect on and prepare for living in increased community with other people. Throughout the summer, we will be posting tips for reflecting and preparing mentally and emotionally for the program and transitioning to college.