My experience on the ARCC Southwest program was an incredible one and I highly suggest it. I had never gone camping before and was quite nervous but the supportive staff were very accommodating. My peers on the trip were very nice and like minded, so we were able to have great discussions on the academic elements of the trip as well as become close friends. This program isn't an intense backpacking experience but you'll learn a lot about living in a group, and hopefully have good takeaways on yourself. The places in nature we went to were incredible and there is much beauty to be found in the southwest, especially in how varied the landscapes are. If you're looking for a good mix between political, structured adventure activities, and camping ARCC is a great trip. We also became Wilderness First Responder certified. I highly suggest ARCC Southwest, or otherwise if you want to go on an outdoors gap trip but are either newer to outdoor activities or want a varied experience.