Outdoor Wilderness Leaders (OWL) is staffed fully by work-study students. We offer Scripps College students opportunities to explore the wilderness and meet women with similar interests. OWL's mission is to provide a supportive environment where all women can have fun, challenge themselves, and take initiatives in a community of people who love the outdoors. It is commonly known that women are underrepresented as leaders in the outdoors, may this be due to the lack of encouragement, consequence of expected gender roles, or whatever. OWL strives to create a fun, educational, laid-back environment that encourages Scripps students to explore the great outdoors and take leadership roles. It is our mission to serve as a resource and support base for students at Scripps College. OWL strives to create an atmosphere of trust, safety and respect for all scripps students regardless of class, color, ethnicity, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation or size.
OWL leads numerous trips each semester for students at the 5C's of all experience levels. These include hiking and backpacking trips, water-based trips, and weekly trips to Hangar 18, a rock climbing gym located in Upland. We also offer many ways to get involved on campus, including movie nights and open houses. OWL also provides free gear rental to students who have planned a trip, but may be missing a few items. We have a vast selection of items and are always available to answer questions or offer advice.