The Associated Student’s Outdoor Center Challenge Program is a WWU-run program that is available to WWU students/alumni/staff as well as the general public. Examples of groups that can enjoy the course are teams, clubs, classes, university offices, faculty affinity groups, and even informal groups of friends. The purpose of the Challenge Program is to facilitate these groups through a series of activities that focus on topics such as: goal setting, leadership, effective communication, problem solving, trust, group roles, personal confidence, and other valuable skills while being immersed in a unique outdoor setting.  Programs are lead entirely by certified Challenge Program facilitators, who will be in contact with your group prior to your program date to define any specific group objectives or goals.


The Challenge Program’s high course is located at the Lakewood Watersports Facility on Whatcom Lake. This is where the majority of programming is held. The Lakewood Challenge Program offers a wide variety of options for meeting your group's unique goals through the use of a challenge course. Located in a forested section of Lakewood on beautiful Lake Whatcom, approximately seven miles from Western Washington University's main campus, the course is accessible via WTA buses or has ample parking for individual vehicles. It is appreciated if groups can van or car pool. Western Students can also enjoy the use of the Lakewood Lounge for free during the day of their challenge. Map to the Lakewood complex. On-campus field game focused programs may also be scheduled.


Find out what elements and activities are available for your group in the "Programs" tab!


Please contact Dave O'Brien at or Kim Beamon at or call the office at 360-650-7532 or Lakewood's facility at 360-650-2900 for more information or to book a program.