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Explore Adventure

explore adventure clemson


The Explore Adventure program has been designed to provide incoming Clemson freshmen and transfer students the opportunity to meet other students in a relaxed environment before their college experience begins. This program is a supplemental experience to Summer Orientation and does not replace attendance at the June or July Orientation sessions. Registration is limited.


Program Goals:

  • To provide a fun and challenging outdoor activities

  • To form relationships with other students, faculty, and staff

  • To develop an appreciation for the outdoors

  • To increase self esteem and provide participants with the confidence they need to be successful at Clemson University


The program is a result of a collaborative effort between the Clemson Outdoor Recreation and Education Program and the Office of New Student and Family Programs. This web site is available to help answer questions you may have about the trip. If there is something that you cannot find here please do not hesitate to contact us.


2016 Session Dates:

The below information is from the previous year's Explore Adventure trips. You may use it as a reference for the upcoming year's trips. Specific updated information for the August 2017 trips will be posted in the spring.

The Adventures:

*Trip can accommodate 30 participants*


Includes: rustic cabin lodging, transportation, t-shirt, all food, kayaking, hiking, stand up paddle-boarding, whitewater rafting, guides, end of trip celebration, and new friends!


What better way to start your Clemson experience than by a week of adventuring with new friends?! Get to know the local area by partaking in various outdoor activities all while meeting other incoming freshman and seeking advice from current Clemson students. Many students agree the Explore Adventure trip is one of their favorite Clemson traditions.


Sample Itinerary:

Monday: Meet groups at Campus Beach area; head to camping locations

Tuesday: Hike to waterfall location

Wednesday: Kayak on Lake Keowee

Thursday: Paddle-board on Lake Tugaloo; dinner at Chattooga Belle Farms

Friday: Raft on the Nantahala River; arrive back to Clemson in the afternoon

*Trip can accommodate 30 participants*


Includes: t-shirt, transportation, gear, all food, whitewater rafting guides, end of trip celebration, and new friends!


Clear your mind by getting away from it all before you begin your college career at Clemson. Join CORE for a week backpacking the beautiful and challenging Foothill Trails, followed by a day whitewater rafting. Meet other incoming freshman and seek advice from current Clemson students. Many students agree that the Explore Adventure trip is one of their favorite Clemson traditions.


Sample Itinerary:

Monday: Meet groups at Campus Beach area; head to camping location

Tuesday-Thursday: Backpack and camp on the Foothills Trail

Thursday evening: Dinner at Chattooga Belle Farms

Friday: Raft on the Nantahala River; arrive back to Clemson in the PM

 

Additional Information:

For Backpacking and Basecamp a deposit of $200 will be due when you register. The remaining balance will be due no later than two weeks prior to your trips departure date Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received more than 30 days in advance will receive a full refund minus a $50 processing fee. If you cancel less than 30 days in advance you will not receive a refund.

On campus housing is not available for students or parents for the Explore Adventure program. However, Housing has allowed our participants on Backpacking and Basecamp to move in August 8th before coming to Campus Beach. You will receive a key for your room at this time and will be able to stay in your residence hall on the Friday night at the end of our trip. Click here to a see list of available hotels/motels in the Clemson area for any lodging needs prior to or at the conclusion of sessions.

All participants will meet at the Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center on Clemson's campus on Monday, August 8th. We will provide a shuttle from Greenville/Spartanburg Airport at 11 a.m. for participants flying into town. Arrangements should be made in advance if a participant needs a shuttle. All transportation is provided Monday - Friday during the trips. 

Registration is limited. Registration is taken on a first come first serve basis and is confirmed only after the registration fee is paid in full. If the session you choose is full, you will have the option to be put on the waiting list for that session. The deadline for registration is three days prior to the beginning of each session.


  1. Click here to go to the Online Registration Link and pay the deposit.

  2. Once we receive your registration you will be emailed a participant information form to be completed as well as detailed information for your adventure.

  3. Pay the final deposit no later than 2 weeks prior to the departure of your trip. You may pay by credit card over the phone or by mail in the form of a check made out to Clemson University.

NOTE: Online registration/credit card payment will become available on July 1st. If you would like to register prior to July 1st, please mail in a check (either the full payment or $200 deposit) payable to Clemson University to the following address: 


CORE Office

Department of Campus Recreation

Division of Student Affairs

206 Fike Recreation Center, Clemson SC 29634


Print and fill out this form to send in with your check.


If you have any questions regarding registration please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Cancellations received more than 30 days in advance will receive a full refund minus a $50 processing fee. If you cancel less than 30 days in advance you will not receive a refund. Note: Do not make travel arrangements until you have received confirmation from the Outdoor Program.

Contact Information:

Phone: 864-656-0892

Email: outside@clemson.edu


CORE Office

Department of Campus Recreation

Division of Student Affairs

206 Fike Recreation Center, Clemson SC 29634