Program Description


Travelers, wilderness enthusiasts, outfitters and youth ministers thrive in Messiah College’s Bachelor of Arts in adventure education degree program.

If you are interested in the great outdoors and are passionate about helping others achieve their personal best, then Messiah College’s adventure education program is for you. Adventure education uses adventure activities such as ropes course experiences, extended wilderness trips, rock climbing, caving and canoeing as a catalyst for growth and development—both personally and with others.

Messiah College’s adventure education degree is a first-rate, firsthand experience that gets you ready for an exciting career in adventure education, alternative education, wilderness therapy, camp programming, youth ministry, adventure travel, commercial outfitting or outdoor education.

Our faculty make sure that beyond becoming an effective outdoor leader, you will be able to design educational and developmental experiences that move groups and individuals towards specific goals. 

About Messiah College

Messiah College is a nationally ranked, private Christian college with a student body of 3,305 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Messiah is just 12 miles from the state capital, Harrisburg. The College was founded in 1909 by the Brethren in Christ Church. Today, the College’s faith base is broadly evangelical and includes students and employees from a variety of denominations and Christian faith traditions. Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.