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Explore Adventure Summer 2021 Info TBD

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Explore Adventure and Bridge to Adventure are outdoor orientation programs that are designed to provide incoming Clemson students the opportunity to build friendships with other incoming students, learn about life at Clemson from current students, gain experience in local outdoor recreation, and reflect on their transition to college in a fun and relaxed environment before their first semester at Clemson begins. The Explore Adventure program is designed for traditional first-year Clemson students while the Bridge to Adventure program is tailored specifically for students participating in the Bridge to Clemson program.


“This CORE trip has already dramatically impacted my time I have spent at Clemson. It has given me my core group of friends, people who I rely on and who rely on me. We push each other to be better, and I have already made amazing memories since being here. I am very thankful for the Explore Adventure trip, the camp leaders, my friends, and the amazing sites we got to the chance to experience.”

*This program is a supplemental experience to Summer Orientation and does not replace attendance at the June or July Orientation sessions.



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, the Bridge to Clemson Program, 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. 


2020 Explore Adventure Session Dates:

June 12-15: Backpacking on the Appalachian Trail: Roan Mountain: $325


June 25-28: Canoepacking on the French Broad River: $280


July 8-11: Backpacking on the Foothills Trail: $250


July 15-18: Canoepacking on the French Broad River: $280


2020 Bridge to Adventure Session Dates:

August 10-August 14: Basecamp Adventure Trip: $575


August 10-August 14: Backpacking on the Foothills Trail: $315


The Adventures:

Explore Adventure Backpacking: $250 or $325


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 and taking in the grand vistas of the Roan Mountain section of the Appalachian Trail. Or join us on our local favorite, the famous Foothills Trails, as we travel along the Chattooga River and Lake Jocassee. Meet other incoming freshman and seek advice from current Clemson students as you take in the miles during the day and sit around the campfire at night. Explore Adventure will become one of your favorite memories at Clemson and help set you up for success during your transition to college. Just listen to our alumni!


"It is an incredible experience. I met my current best friends and friend group through the Explore Adventure program, and it made the transition to college very smooth."

This program includes a 1 credit academic component. Participants will be enrolled in the fall semester Explore Adventure Skills course. During the fall semester, the students will meet for 3–4 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. Further details about course registration and syllabus information will be provided after registration.


Includes: outdoor recreation equipment for backpacking, transportation during the trip, all meals, program instruction by trained CORE trip leaders, fall semester one-credit academic course, a great introduction to being part of the Clemson family, and new friends to start college with!


Sample Itinerary:

Monday: Meet at the Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Education Center; head to the trailhead

Tuesday - Thursday: Backpacking on the Appalachian trail or the Foothills Trail. We will travel between 6-10 miles a day, each day.

Friday: Return to Clemson by the late afternoon 


*Trip can accommodate 10 participants*

Explore Adventure Canoepacking: $280


Experience the beauty the outdoors and learn some new paddling skills by spending a week on the river before you begin your college career at Clemson. Join CORE for a week of canoepacking along the French Broad River, one of the oldest river in the world. Meet other incoming freshman and seek advice from current Clemson students as you take in the miles during the day and sit around the campfire at night. Explore Adventure will become one of your favorite memories at Clemson and help set you up for success during your transition to college. Just listen to our alumni!


It is an incredible experience. I met my current best friends and friend group through the Explore Adventure program, and it made the transition to college very smooth."

This program includes a 1 credit academic component. Participants will be enrolled in the fall semester Explore Adventure Skills course. During the fall semester, the students will meet for 3–4 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. Further details about course registration and syllabus information will be provided after registration.


Includes: Includes: outdoor recreation equipment for canoepacking, transportation during the trip, all meals, program instruction by trained CORE trip leaders, fall semester one-credit academic course, a great introduction to being part of the Clemson family, and new friends to start college with!


Sample Itinerary:

Monday: Meet at the Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Education Center; head to the river

Tuesday - Thursday: Canoeing and camping on the French Broad River. We will travel between 9-12 river miles a day, each day.

Friday: Return to Clemson by the late afternoon 


*Trip can accommodate 10 participants*

Bridge to Adventure Backpacking: $315


Clear your mind by spending a week in the woods before you begin your college career. Join CORE for a week of backpacking on our local favorite, the famous Foothills Trails, as we travel along the Chattooga River and Lake Jocassee. Meet other incoming students and seek advice from current Clemson students as you take in the miles during the day and sit around the campfire at night. Bridge to Adventure will become one of your favorite memories at Clemson and help set you up for success during your transition to college. Just listen to our alumni!


"It is a great way to break the ice and get comfortable at Clemson before everyone else does while also having a blast doing outdoor activities."

Includes: outdoor recreation equipment for backpacking, transportation during the trip, all meals, program instruction by trained CORE trip leaders, fall semester one-credit academic course, a great introduction to being part of the Clemson family, and new friends to start college with!


Sample Itinerary:

Monday: Meet at the Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Education Center; head to the trailhead

Tuesday - Thursday: Backpacking on the Appalachian trail or the Foothills Trail. We will travel between 6-10 miles a day, each day.

Friday: Return to Clemson by the late afternoon 


*Trip can accommodate 10 participants*

Bridge to Adventure: Basecamp: $575


Start your Clemson experience off right with a week of outdoor adventure. Get to know the local area by partaking in a best-of selection of local outdoor activities while building community with other incoming students. Bridge to Adventure will become one of your favorite memories at Clemson and help set you up for success during your transition to college. Just listen to our alumni!


"It is a great way to break the ice and get comfortable at Clemson before everyone else does while also having a blast doing outdoor activities."

Includes: Lodging and meals, transportation, outdoor recreation equipment, activities (hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, climbing, white water rafting), program instruction by trained CORE trip leaders, fall semester one-credit academic course, a great introduction to being part of the Clemson family, and new friends to start college with!


Sample Itinerary:

Monday: Meet at the Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Education Center; head to basecamp

Tuesday: Kayak on Lake Jocassee

Wednesday: Hike at Panthertown Valley

Thursday: Rock climb at Big Rock

Friday: Whitewater raft on the Chattooga River; arrive back to Clemson in the late afternoon 


*Trip can accommodate 10 participants*

Additional Information:

The trip costs are broken down into separate payments:


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


Second payment: For all trips, a second payment for the remainder of the registration cost is due to CORE. These payments are due no later than two weeks prior to the departure of the trip.


Academic course fee: For all Explore Adventure trips, a final payment of $150 will be paid as a lab fee when registering for the Explore Adventure academic course on iRoar to cover the 1 hour of academic credit. This does not apply to the Bridge to Adventure program offerings. 

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.

 

  1. The deadline for registration is 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the trip. The deposit must be in by then. However, keep in mind that trips are likely to reach maximum capacity before this time. 

  2. The second payment is due no later than 1 week prior to the departure of your trip. You may pay by mail in the form of a check made out to Clemson University, or through the website by credit card. Instructions on making second payments online will be provided later.

  3. For applicable programs, the final lab fee payment will be billed to your student account registering for fall semester classes.  

 

You may register by mailing in a check to our office or paying online by credit card. Use the below link to register through our online portal. You should be able to login using your Clemson IROAR credentials. If not, you can create a new account and we will merge them with your IROAR account later. The Explore Adventure trips are listed under our Fall 2020 trips.


Online Registration Portal


 

To pay by check, please use the following address: 


 

Clemson University

Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Education Center

Clemson, SC 29634

 

 


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


Registration Form


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

Deposits made for programs that require multiple payments are non-refundable


All refunds are subject to a processing fee. Refund amounts will be prorated based upon the number of days remaining until the program.


Refunds made fewer than 7 days in advance of a scheduled program will not be provided


All refund requests are subject to approval and are not a guarantee of a refund.

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