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Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Orientation Trip FAQ

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General Questions

Travel Plans

COVID, weather, and low registration can cause our trips to be cancelled. We will notify participants for overnight trips two weeks before the trip if it has been cancelled. We will notify participants for day-trips one week before the trip if it has been cancelled. Please consider refundable options for your travel plans in case of a cancelled trip.

Do I need to have any experience to go on these trips?

No! All our trips are beginner oriented and your trip leaders will teach you everything you need to know.

Do I need my own gear?

The Outdoor Program provides all gear other than personal items such as clothing, toiletries, and water/food containers.

Take a look at the information packet for your corresponding trip on the website for more info on what is provided and what to bring.

Is transportation provided?

Transportation to and from the trip site is provided.

You are responsible for getting to the Outdoor Program from where you live (that may include purchasing flights for those out of state).

Is food provided?

Food is provided for all trips.

For overnight trips, all meals are provided from the time the trip starts.

For rafting trips, dinner is provided.

For Table Rock hikes, snacks are provided.

Will there be a meeting before the trip?

For overnight trips, yes. It will be over Zoom to accommodate those who are not in the area. Typically the pre-trip meeting is 1-2 weeks before the trip to allow time to prepare.

Attendance at the pre-trip meeting is mandatory to go on the trip

Can I drive myself?

No, due to logistics and liability concerns, we do not allow students to drive themselves or be driven by anyone else.

Where is the Outdoor Program (OP) located?

We are located in the back of the BSU Recreation Center, at the corner of Belmont St and S. Vermont Ave.

Trip Specific Questions

Whitewater Rafting

Download Whitewater Rafting Trip Information Packet (PDF)

  • Meeting time at OP: 2pm
  • Arrival back at OP: 10pm (subject to change)

Is it dangerous?

There are always risks with any outdoor activity, but our river guides go through rigorous training to understand how to deal with emergencies of all kinds.

Each trip will have at least one Wilderness First Responder or EMT that is trained in CPR and first aid emergencies.

An extensive first aid kit, AED, and emergency beacon is carried on all trips.

A safety brief is given to all participants before getting on the water detailing what to do in case of a swim or medical emergency.

Personal safety equipment such as helmet and life jackets are provided.

What do I need to bring?

Take a look at the information packet for your corresponding trip on the website for more info on what is provided and what to bring.

Idaho Camping Adventure

Download Idaho Camping Adventure Trip Information Packet (PDF)

  • Meeting time at OP: 7am (subject to change)
  • Arrival time back at OP (the next day): 8pm (subject to change)

What will we be doing?

Each trip will be different and activities will be dependent on the trip leaders, weather, and location chosen. Some activities can include hiking, whitewater rafting, hot springs, and team building activities.

Where are we going?

The location is decided by the trip leaders and will be included in the email from them.

Backpacking Trips

Download Backpacking Trip Information Packet (PDF)

  • Meeting time at OP (Monday): 6am – 7am (subject to change)
  • Arrival time back at OP (Friday): 8pm (subject to change)

How many miles do we hike?

Daily mileage can range from 4-10 miles and significant elevation change is likely. The pace will depend on the group needs. We take regular breaks for water and snacks.

How heavy are the backpacks?

The backpacks get lighter with each day, but typically range around 40-50lbs.

I’m worried about sleeping outside and wildlife. What should I know?

Participants will sleep in tents and with sleeping bags appropriate for the temperatures expected.

Food storage containers and anything with a scent is stored at least 50 yards away from camp at night to deter curious critters from disturbing our sleep.

Trip leaders carry bear spray in the VERY unlikely event of a wildlife encounter.

Table Rock Sunset Hike

Download Table Rock Sunset Hike Trip Information Packet (PDF)

  • Meeting time at OP:  7-7:30pm (depends on sunset time)
  • Arrival time back at OP: 10-10:30pm (depends on sunset time)

How far is the hike?

The hike is 3.7 miles with about 900ft of elevation gain.