Canoeing Orientation

Denison Canoeing Orientation (DCO)
Denison Canoeing Orientation

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

Denison Canoeing Orientation (DCO) provides a wilderness, paddling, and camping experience for up to 16 members of the Class of 2025. The DCO program is also an outdoor learning experience, designed to help students develop safe paddling skills, to practice valuable skills in “Leave No Trace” camping, and to learn about Ohio’s natural history and geography. The team will spend four days-three nights paddling canoes on the Mohican River and sleeping at primitive campsites along its banks. Food and gear will be carried in dry bags with participants on their canoes. A support vehicle will transport to and from the start and ending points.

Overview & Details

The Schedule

Arriving at Denison on Friday, August 20, you will move into your dorm room and get to know the other trip participants. On Saturday, August 21, you will travel to the Clear Fork of the Mohican River. You will return to campus on Tuesday, August 24. August Orientation begins Thursday, 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?

A complete packing list will be provided with your acceptance packet this summer. Any necessary camping equipment not owned by the participant will be provided by Denison.


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.

Applications for 2021 pre-orientation programs will be available soon

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