Provide adventure for students whose lives are too often those of spectators, in the hopes that real experience, and grappling directly with some of the real issues of life and survival will enlist in the students a new enthusiasm for living and a new seriousness of purpose.
Afford students an opportunity to improve their physical condition and to take their bodies more seriously, as well as to regard as more important the physical side of life.
Give students a range of experience designed to nourish their self-confidence, develop their initiative, increase their self-reliance, and enable to expand their powers of judgment.
Help orient incoming students to Earlham College, its life, purposes, and nature as a community. This is done through granting incoming students the advantages of several weeks of intimate acquaintance with some of their peers, and by providing opportunities for consideration and comparison of life in small wilderness communities, and the expected shape of life back on campus.
Introduce students, through conversations, informal presentations, and a wilderness experience, to small group or small community dynamics, and to make students more aware of the nature of community, human interdependence, and leadership.
Offer to students a new model of teaching and learning, one in which students teach each other, learn from experience by trial and error and discussion afterwards, and take advantage of faculty as resource persons and co-learners.
Through all of these goals, give students real responsibility and leadership, and a keener capacity for judgment.
Open to students new interests, by turning from the wilderness experience itself to some of the academic disciplines, including natural history, botany, zoology, ecology, geology, regional history, human relations, and other areas to show how the academic disciplines can illuminate and make more clear the meaning of experience.
Provide opportunities to build meaningful and unique relationships with new peers. Though some friendships may change once on campus, the experience of learning about others in the raw, very real context of the wilderness can often spur lifelong relationships and understanding of others.