Denison Canoeing Orientation (DCO)

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Denison Canoeing Orientation (DCO) is a wonderful welcome to Denison that takes you out into the wilderness of Ohio for an unforgettable adventure.

Students will take part in a wilderness, paddling, and camping experience. DCO is also an outdoor learning experience, designed to help students develop safe paddling skills, practice valuable skills in “Leave No Trace” camping, and learn about Ohio’s natural history and geography. The team will paddle canoes down the Mohican River and sleep at primitive campsites along its banks. *Previous canoeing experience is required.

Overview & Details

The Schedule

Pre-O participants will move into their residence halls on Saturday, August 20, 2022 between 9am and 1pm. On Sunday, August 21, participants will travel by bus to the Mohican River at Perrysville OH. Participants will return to campus on Wednesday, August 25. First-Year Move-In Day for those not participating in a Pre-O will take place on Thursday, August 25, and August Orientation will begin on Friday, August 26.

Safety & Experience

No canoeing or camping experience is necessary. Participants must be able to swim.

To maintain the quality of this small group experience and to minimize the risks, we ask that you abide by the following policies: non-prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are not permitted on the trip. In addition, please do not use cell phones, or other electronic devices on the trip.

What Equipment Do I Need?

Participants will be sent a packing list with their acceptance packet in the summer. Any necessary camping equipment not owned by the participant will be provided by Denison.

Fees

The cost of DCO is $250. Denison-Columbus Alliance Scholars and students with significant financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid who wish to participate may have their fees waived.

Additional Details

You will move into your fall residence hall upon arriving on campus. Athletes in some fall sports might not be able to participate in DCO because of early practices. Check with you coach and be sure to check your email over the summer for forms to complete and additional information.

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