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Wake Forest University Outdoor Pursuits

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the trip cost?

The trip cost includes guides, transportation, group gear, food, lodging, activities, and early move-in fees.

What if I have a dietary restriction?

Any dietary restrictions should be indicated on your medical form. Our staff will review the medical forms and plan trip menus accordingly.  Feel free to email us with any concerns.

Who are the trip leaders?

Your trip leader will be an Outdoor Pursuits staff member.  Our staff are Wilderness First Aid/CPR certified and have extensive training and backcountry experience.  These trip leaders can also serve as mentors throughout your time at Wake Forest.

What paperwork will I need for my son or daughter?

You will need to print complete a Medical Form and a Liability Release form. These will be sent to your Wake Forest Gmail account after you have been accepted into the program.

Can my son or daughter choose their trip and activities?

You will be able to list your preference(s) for placement in the application. While we try to match people to their preference, there is no guarantee of placement on a particular trip.

Will my son or daughter have the ability to move into their residence hall before the program?

Yes! This is one of the many benefits of our program. Parents generally help their son or daughter move to campus the day before our trips go out. This year, that day will be Saturday, August 18th. This is the earliest they will be allowed into their residence hall.  Please contact Kristy Eanes ( with Residence Life and Housing for more information about Residence Life and Early Move-in.

If we help our child move-in on August 18th, are we still expected to return to campus for other orientations?

Parents are encouraged to return to campus to attend Parent Orientation on Friday, August 23rd.

What can we expect Friday, August 18th?

When you arrive to campus you’ll check in with the Residence Life and Housing Office to receive you room key and other move-in related logistics. Following your move-in, the day is yours to explore campus or hot spots around Winston-Salem.  At 6:00 pm, we invite participants to our Wilderness to Wake welcome banquet. This will be a catered dinner where you’ll meet your instructors and fellow crew mates. We’ll begin with a casual meet and greet time followed by some opening remarks. Once the opening remarks have been finished we’ll say goodbye to the parents and let your Wake Forest experience begin! Parents are welcome to attend but not required.

Can anyone participate regardless of experience level?

Yes!  There is no experience required to participate.  It is, however, encouraged that each participant be healthy and active.  Furthermore, a great attitude and willingness to experience new things is a must.

 Does simply applying to Wilderness to Wake guarantee acceptance to the program?

No. Unfortunately, we have a limited number of available spaces on each of our trips.  This means that we rely solely on the written responses in the applications to base our acceptance decisions. So spend some time with the application and let us know why you want to be here!