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Explore Adventure

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The Explore Adventure program is designed to provide incoming first–year Clemson students the opportunity to meet other students in a relaxed environment before their college experience begins. The 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 participate in fun & challenging outdoor activities 

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

  • To develop an appreciation for the outdoors

  • To have an opportunity for reflection about the transition to Clemson University 

  • To increase self esteem and to gain the confidence needed to be successful at Clemson University 


The program is a result of a collaborative effort between the Clemson Outdoor Recreation and Education Program, Clemson Leisure Skills, and the Office of New Student and Family Programs. This website 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. 


2017 Session Dates:

Monday, August 14–Friday, August 18

The Adventures:

*Trip can accommodate 30 participants*


Includes: rustic cabin lodging, transportation, t-shirt, food, all equipment, kayaking, hiking, stand up paddle-boarding, whitewater rafting, instruction, end of trip celebration, fall semester for–credit academic course, 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 while meeting other incoming freshman and seeking advice form current Clemson students. Many students agree the Explore Adventure trip is one of their 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 20 participants*


Includes: t-shirt, transportation, all equipment, food, whitewater rafting, instruction, end of trip celebration, fall for–credit academic course, and new friends!


Clear your mind by spending a week in the woods before you begin your college career at Clemson. Join CORE for a week of backpacking the beautiful and challenging Foothill Trails along the Chattooga River, 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

 

The Academic Course:

Participants will be enrolled in the fall semester Explore Adventure Skills course (1 credit hour). During the fall semester, the students will meet for 3 classroom sessions to reflect on their Explore Adventure trip, increase their knowledge about outdoor recreation, and further develop a supportive community at Clemson. These classroom sessions will provide the students with a positive environment to discuss the challenges and triumphs that occur during the first semester of the undergraduate experience. Daily journaling and educational sessions are incorporated during the Explore Adventure trip to prepare students for class. There will be light coursework throughout the semester. 


In addition to the classroom sessions, the student will plan and participate in a daylong outdoor service trip at the end of the fall semester. 


Details about course registration and syllabus information will be provided after registration. 


Additional Information:

The Basecamp and Backpacking trip costs are broken down into three separate payments:


Deposit: For Basecamp and Backpacking, a $100 non–refundable deposit is due to CORE to register for the trip. 


Second payment: For Basecamp, a second payment of $200 is due to CORE. For Backpacking, a second payment of $150 is due to CORE. These payments are due no later than two weeks prior to the departure of the trip. 


Remaining trip balance: For both Basecamp and Backpacking, the final payment of $150 will be paid as a lab fee when registering for the Explore Adventure academic course. 

All participants will meet at the Snow Family Outdoor Fitness & Wellness Center on Clemson's campus on Monday, August 14. 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. 


*Do not purchase airfare until your registration has been confirmed with CORE*

Registration is limited. Registration is taken on a first come first serve basis and is confirmed only after the deposit 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 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the trip.


  1. Click here to go to the Online Registration Link and pay the trip deposit. You may also pay by check made out to Clemson University. 

  2. Mid–summer, you will be emailed a participant information form to be completed as well as detailed information for your adventure. If you are interested in receiving information prior to this date, please feel free to call or email our office.

  3. The second payment is due no later than 2 weeks prior to the departure of you trip. You may pay through the website by credit card or by mail in the form of a check made out to Clemson University.

  4. The final lab fee payment will be made will be made when registering for the fall semester 

If you are paying by check, please use 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 14 days in advance (prior to the start of the trip) will receive a full refund minus the non–refundable deposit. If you cancel less than 14 days in advance you will not receive a refund.


If you drop the Leisure Skills class during drop/add week, you will be required to pay the remaining $150 fee to CORE.

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