This Basecamp BuckWild program will take place in the Ohiopyle State Park. The park is located at the south end of the Laurel Ridges and along the Youghiogheny River Gorge and encompasses over 20,000 acres of natural landscape. The "Yough" provides some of the best whitewater boating on the east coast in addition to plentiful hiking, biking, climbing, and camping. Over 75 miles of trail allows a great showcase to the natural beauty of the park. It is considered the "Outdoor Mecca of Pennsylvania". All three basecamp teams will be in similar areas and each day and participate in a different outdoor activity mentioned above. Your group will also interact with other Ohiopyle Basecamp groups.

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Challenge Level

This is a beginner experience. No prior climbing or white water experience is needed. The biking is flat on a rail to trail. You should have basic biking ability. We will teach you everything you need to know for all the outdoor pursuits.  We are using a guide service for white water rafting.


Expedition Itinerary

The experience below is only an example, trips are subject to change based on weather, local conditions, other circumstances, etc.

Day 1

  • 7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Move in to the Residence Halls, breakfast and lunch on your own
  • 12:15 p.m.: In a duffel bag, bring your packed equipment from the packing list for your specific trip to an area for storage (TBD) prior to the Weis Center meeting
  • 12:30 p.m.: Meeting with the Associate Dean, Director of Outdoor Education & Leadership, and BuckWild student trip leaders in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts
  • 1:15 p.m.: Break
  • 1:30 p.m.: Meeting with the President, Provost, and Dean of Students in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts
  • 2:15 p.m.: Say farewell to your families
  • 2:30 p.m.: Your BuckWild experience begins-icebreaker's, equipment packing, learning about the equipment, evening activities, snacks, dinner, and the traditional Grove campout with your classmates (you will not be sleeping in your room until the experience is completed)

Day 2

Wake up, pack up equipment, and depart campus! Hit the trail "running" - Goal: Hiking 5-8 miles. Set up camp at your basecamp. Enjoy fun, daily activities prepared by the Trip Leaders.

Day 3 

Wake up and enjoy breakfast. Goal: Climbing and biking. A casual flat bike ride to the climbing area. Enjoy fun daily activities prepared by the Trip Leaders.

Day 4 

Wake up and enjoy breakfast. Goal: Whitewater rafting in the Youghiogheny River. Enjoy fun, daily activities prepared by the Trip Leaders.

Day 5 

Wake up, break down camp, and depart camp. Arrive back at Bucknell's Cowan Retreat Center. Your trip leaders will have planned activities for the day, closure activities, dinner and music with students, faculty, and staff, until 8 or 9 pm. Return to campus by 9:30 p.m. Call parents, let them know that you are safe and it was the most amazing experience in your life!

Day 6

Breakfast is provided for BuckWilders, hopefully we will have a BuckWild completion video to share, and our leaders with help you with the New Student Orientation Schedule that will begin today at 11 a.m.!


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