First Year students on the Outdoor Adventure Pre-Fall Program will explore the natural world, reflect on their upcoming college experience, and learn the intricacies of one of the six adventure activities we offer on this exciting, overnight camping trip. Students are placed in small groups with student trip leaders, camping each night and learning the intricate skills of paddling, hiking, climbing, or caving. The student instructor teams will also address questions and lead discussions on issues often in the minds of first-year students. This experience is designed to allow incoming students to have fun, make lasting friendships, and ease the transition to college life.
Most of the students who choose to go on an Outdoor Adventure trip do not have any outdoor or camping experience prior to their trip. At the time of registration, students will rank their preferences of outdoor activities; while we do our best to take the student’s preference into account, the final activity assignment is determined by the Outdoor Adventure staff.
Friday, Aug. 25: Students move in to their Loyola room assignments
Saturday, Aug. 26: Students depart Loyola for their activity location
Wednesday, Aug. 30: Students return to Loyola
$300 per person. Includes all equipment (such as tents, sleeping bags, and activity-specific equipment); food; instruction; transportation to and from Loyola.
Maximum Number of Participants
Backpacking, canoeing, caving, rock climbing, sea kayaking, or whitewater kayaking.
Each group will be in a different location based on their assigned activity, including national and state parks in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland.