Adventure WV Orientation Experiences
General FAQs 2016
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- How many people are on each program?
- What is an early move-in program?
- When and where do I need to show up for my program?
- How do you recommend I get to and from Morgantown? Is there somewhere to stay if I arrive early?
Registration and Billing
- How does Adventure WV communicate with me?
- How do I register for programs?
- How do I pay or how am I billed for my program?
- Is it true I get academic credits for going on an Orientation Trip?
- Do I need to register for RPTR 140?
- Does my Adventure WV Orientation program count as a freshman seminar?
Equipment information can be found by visiting http://adventureorientation.wvu.edu/registeredstudents.
Rules & Expectations
- Are there any items that are prohibited on Orientation Programs?
- Why can’t I bring my cell phone or MP3 player?
- Do I need to provide my own meals?
- What are we going to be eating?
- I’m a vegetarian. Is that a problem?
- I have food allergies. Is that a problem?
- I have another dietary restriction. Is that a problem?
Hygiene and Health
- If I have had previous or have current health conditions, who do I contact if I have concerns or questions before I register?
- There are going to be bathrooms and showers, right?
- Do I need to bring a First Aid Kit?
- What if I take prescription medication?
- What if I use contacts?
- Females: What if I might get my period while backpacking?
Preparing for your Adventure WV Orientation Program
- I’ve never been backpacking, built a home, been rock climbing, been whitewater rafting, been camping…etc…before. Is that a problem?
- Is there anything I should do to prepare for the program?
- Where can I get the clothing and equipment I need?
Enrollment depends on program-type and specific program. Enrollments are subject to change. Typical numbers are as follows:
- Wilderness: 16 students and 4 leaders, split into two groups of 8 students and 2 leaders for most of the trip
- Habitat: 13 students and 2 leaders
- Odyssey: 20 students and 4 leaders
- Explore: 20 students and 4 leaders
- Service: 10 students with 2 leaders
- Transfer, Potomac State Trip: 10 students and 2 leaders
- Mountaineer Quest: 75 students and 8 leaders
- Community Connections: 150 students and 8-10 leaders
- NSO Adventure Basecamp: 50 students and 5 leaders
Early move-in programs allow participants the option of moving their things into their dorm before move-in day. Students “drop and go” (leave their belongings in their residence halls) a week prior to move-in day, attend their program, and then get dropped off at their residence hall at the end of their program. These programs are extremely popular and fill up quickly. Note that students in the Honors College, Band, Exercise Physiology Program and any other department with requirements prior to the semester are ineligible for early move-in programs.
Please refer to your program’s itinerary (found at http://adventureorientation.wvu.edu/registeredstudents) for details on start and end times. With the exception of NSO Adventure Basecamps, all programs start at Outdoor Recreation Center, located within the Student Recreation Center on WVU’s Evansdale Campus (http://studentreccenter.wvu.edu/map); drive through the parking lot until you see the large garage doors and Adventure WV flag.
All NSO Adventure Basecamp Programs will begin at the Westvaco Center, located at the WVU Research Forest below the Outdoor Education Center (http://westvacocenter.wvu.edu/directions-and-contacts).
Please visit http://adventureorientation.wvu.edu/registeredstudents for information on transportation and lodging.
Adventure WV will communicate with you via your (the student’s) MIX email account. You MUST check your MIX account! If you have questions about accessing or using your MIX account, please contact the WVU Help Desk at http://it.wvu.edu, 1-877-327-9260, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register online at http://adventureorientation.wvu.edu. Programs are first-come, first-served. You must have your WVU ID # and password available to register (this number will be listed in your WVU acceptance letter). Please note, if you are registering for a credit-based Orientation Trip, this will NOT automatically register you for the academic fall class associated with our Orientation Trips, RPTR 140. Please see the RPTR 140 section below for details on class registration.
Once your online registration is completed, you will download a packet containing enclosures that must be filled out and returned within 14 days of registering on-line.
The only cost, for any of our programs, is the non-refundable commitment/processing fee. Students who qualify for additional financial assistance and complete the summer portion of our programs will have that fee removed from their student account in late July or early August. Programs are all-inclusive: food, transportation, lodging, etc. After you register for a program, the processing fee will be applied directly to your student account and posted on July 5, 2016. Adventure WV does not accept payment in any other form. Hence, you will pay for this fee at the same time you pay for all of your fall courses. Your fee will appear in your STARWEB account as a SRC AdventureWV charge. You will receive an email to your MIX address from the Office of Student Accounts, letting you know the balance of your account. Typically, students are able to view and pay for changes to their accounts at the end of July.
Depends on which program you decide to register for. NSO Basecamp, Mountaineer Quest, and Community Connections are NOT credit-based programs. However, each of our Orientation Trips, even though they take place during the summer, are considered a fall course. All students who participate on their summer Orientation Trip, attend four fall class sessions, and complete relevant coursework (reflection papers and a service-learning assignment) will receive three GEC-6 credits through the Recreation, Parks, Tourism, and Resources Department. The fall class associated with the Orientation Trips Program is RPTR 140: Outdoor Orientation.
Yes, only if you are participating on an Orientation Trip. You will then need to register for RPTR 140 at NSO with you advisor. Due to university regulations, Adventure WV cannot register you. Once your program registration is complete (you have filled out the online registration AND returned your written paperwork to Adventure WV); you will receive an email to your MIX account with instructions for registration of RPTR 140. Most incoming freshmen will need to register for RPTR 140 with their advisor at their New Student Orientation (NSO) session during the summer. Thus, be sure to bring the email information you receive from us about RPTR 140 to NSO so your advisor can help you register. You will NOT get academic credit for your Orientation Trip experience if you do not register for RPTR 140.
No, it does not. In 2012 and prior, our Orientation Trips had counted as a freshman seminar, but this has not been the case since 2013. However, RPTR 140 (fall course associated only with our Orientation Trips Program) is considered a GEC-6 three credit course.
Yes. Orientation Programs are drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free environments. We also do not allow cell phones or personal MP3 devices (more on that below). Generally, you should not bring anything not included on the Equipment List. It is useful to have a small pocket-knife (3 inch blade or smaller), but otherwise no weapons should accompany the program. Any students in violation of these rules may be removed from the program with no refund, (if they are on an Orientation Trip) have their RPTR 140 grades reduced by a full grade letter, and be subject to university sanctions.
More importantly, cell phones and MP3 players detract from the group experience. One of our program goals is to get to know each other well and to share a challenging and rewarding group experience together. It’s very difficult to be fully focused on the experience at hand when you’re distracted by your phone or checked out into your music. We’ve found these devices really do take away from the shared group experience. Furthermore, even though leaving your phone for a few days may seem daunting, most people find they really enjoy being “disconnected” for the duration of the program. It’s an experience we rarely get!
If you need to bring your phone or MP3 player to check-in; we will provide a locked space to store it for the duration of your program.
- Breakfasts: Pancakes, cereal, oatmeal, french toast
- Lunch: Sandwiches and wraps
- Dinner: Pasta, stir fry, quesadillas, burritos, cookout
- Snacks: Crackers, cookies, fruit, veggies, trail mix
- Beverages: Hot chocolate, coffee, lemonade, water
No. Please be sure to include information about your allergies on your Participant Information Form. If you think additional information is relevant, please get in touch with us. We may also contact you to gain more information. We can plan a menu around most food allergies.
No. As long as you let us know what your restrictions are, we will almost always be able to accommodate them. Don’t hesitate to be in touch with us if your dietary restrictions may need an explanation. We may also follow up with you. We have accommodated many diets in the past, including Kosher, Halal, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free, along with having accommodated a wide range of food allergies.
If you have any health concerns or conditions, it is extremely important you contact the Adventure WV Office at 304-293-5221 before your register. In many cases, our programs take place in areas that are not in the immediate proximity of a hospital or medical facility. Our staff are trained in Wilderness First Aid and Emergency Management. Please call us if you have concerns about being removed from advanced medical care.
- Habitat: Yes.
- Odyssey: Yes, though slightly more rustic as Odyssey trips stay at a campground.
- Wilderness: No, there will be no bathroom facilities during the 5-day, 4-night backpacking portion of your trip. Bathrooms and showers will be available only on your last two nights. But this does NOT mean we’ll totally abandon sanitation! Your leaders will teach you how to use the bathroom outside, how to clean your hands, how to brush your teeth, and other things you’ll need to how about how to stay (relatively) clean.
- Explore: You will have access to bathroom facilities EXCEPT while on the backpacking portion of your trip. Read above about Wilderness trips to see how we’ll manage to stay relatively clean while backpacking.
- Mountaineer Quest: Yes, campground lodging and restroom facilities at Camp Muffly
- NSO Adventure Basecamp: Yes, yurt camping and bathroom facilities at the WVU Outdoor Education Center
- Community Connections: Yes, lodging in WVU residential halls
Please be sure to take them with you, take them as prescribed, and keep them accessible. Take special care to bring and keep accessible epi-pens and/or asthma inhalers if you have had these prescribed to you for any reason. Also, be sure you have noted these medications on your Participant Information Form. If you get new medication after filling out and sending in your form, please let us know. * Back to Top
You can definitely bring and use contacts while camping and/or on the trail. Be sure to bring 1-2 extra pairs, plenty of solution (usually a 4oz travel size is sufficient), and definitely bring your glasses as a back-up. Some people like to bring a travel-size mirror, as well. Your leaders can show and help you wash your hands with our biodegradable soap before putting in and taking out contacts.
We encourage ALL female backpacking participants (Wilderness and Explore) to make and pack a “period kit.” The changes in diet and activity level often cause females to get their period when they are not expecting it. Here is a great resource for building a period kit: http://www.wlu.edu/student-life/first-year-experience/before-you-arrive/the-leading-edge/appalachian-adventure/feminine-hygiene
No! Our programs are designed for beginners. We do not expect you to have experience or be proficient in anything we do. Your leaders will teach you what you need to know for your program. You should anticipate the experience will be a genuine challenge, along with being a wonderful, fun, and valuable experience.
Adventure WV recommends Pathfinder of Morgantown WV as a great place to get some of your gear! Pathfinder is offering Adventure WV Orientation Trips participants 10% off all purchases made through August 15th, 2016. All of Pathfinder’s staff is familiar with the equipment needed on trips and can outfit you with the gear you will need to make your adventure this summer a success. This shop is located at 235 High Street and is locally owned and operated. They can be reached at 304-296-0076 or you can find out more on their website at http://pathfinderwv.com.Not going to be in Morgantown? Some good outdoor retailers are:
- REI (www.rei.com)
- Eastern Mountain Sports (www.ems.com)
- Bass Pro Shops (www.basspro.com)
- Many locations also have privately owned outdoor stores There are many online outdoor retailers as well. We do not recommend buying boots online, as fit is very important. Other clothes and gear may be easily purchased online at sites such as:
- www.campmor.com Basic sporting goods stores (Dick’s, Sports Authority, etc.) can be great resources for basic synthetic shorts, t-shirts, pants, long sleeved layers, jackets, hats, and underwear. There is no need to buy pricy “outdoor-specific” basic clothing items; any synthetic sportswear will work just fine, as long as you don’t mind getting it dirty!
Finally, don’t overlook your local Goodwill other thrift or second-hand stores. If you dig a little, you can often find great sports and synthetic clothing at rock-bottom prices.
As with everything do not hesitate to contact us if you’re having trouble finding something or if you have any questions: email@example.com or call 304-293-5221