Denison Outdoor Orientation (DOO)
Take part in a unique and challenging backpack hike through the wilds of the Otter Creek Wilderness Area of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. Students will gather in groups of eight, each led by a faculty-student staff team, as they explore a beautiful and inspiring landscape of hills and forests. Spending time together during the three-day hike is a great opportunity to make new friends, learn more about Denison, and have a lot of fun.
Safety & Experience
Prior hiking experience is not necessary. Participants’ experience ranges from those who had previously hiked for weeks at a time to students who had never set foot on a trail or in a tent. Anyone with a moderate level of fitness and an interest in trying something new is encouraged to apply.
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.
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 Otter Creek Wilderness Area. Participants will return to campus on Thursday, 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.
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. A pair of waterproof hiking boots with good ankle support are required.
The cost of DOO is $250. Questbridge Scholars, Denison-Columbus Alliance Scholars, and students with eligible financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid who are accepted into the program will have their fees waived.