The Bucknell wilderness experience known as BuckWild is a dynamic outdoor pre-orientation program held in Central Pennsylvania.

BuckWild is a fun and exciting experience to help you ease into university life at Bucknell. The transition from high school into the university can be a stressful experience. BuckWild is a proactive approach to help navigate challenges that first-year students may face. The goals are to help with: 1) Academic Transition 2) Social Transition 3) Intrapersonal Transition 4) Connecting you to the Bucknell community. You will be introduced to 2 or 3 upper class student leaders that will provide you perspective into these transitions as you begin your journey.   

During BuckWild you will enjoy socializing with your new classmates, participating in planned activities designed by your student leaders, enhancing your leadership skills through the catalyst of the outdoor experience, and engaging in conversations to provide perspective on the Bucknell community and culture. The BuckWild experience supports you in creating your new support network for the rest of your time at Bucknell. This social network and the BuckWild experience will help you boost personal confidence, manage academic, social, and personal challenges accordingly.

Bucknell University is known for providing its students with a world-class education, but also with the tools to succeed outside of the classroom. Today's graduates will leave Bucknell with a tremendous education that includes strong leadership skills, communication, understanding diverse perspectives, and problem solving skills whether in the backcountry, the classroom, the boardroom, or the lab. BuckWild is the first step to success in your Bucknell career. We challenge you to take that step with BuckWild!!

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BuckWild Trips

There are a total of 18 amazing opportunities to choose from.  There is variety to accommodate everyone's needs.  There are 9 first-year students on each experience with 2 or 3 trained upper class student leaders per experience.  Smaller groups allow for stronger one on one connections, but you will also be interacting with other groups to expand your social network.

BuckWild Trip Options
Climbing wall
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The CLIMBucknell Challenge Course at the Cowan Forrest Brown Conference Center features low and high elements, a climbing tower and a zip line.

CLIMBucknell Challenge Course

The CLIMBucknell Challenge Course at the Cowan Forrest Brown Conference Center features low and high elements, a climbing tower and a zip line.

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What students say ...

Meghan Reilly

"[I learned] Perseverance is so important in every aspect of life, both in rock climbing and in academics." 

- Meghan Reilly

BuckWild Registration

BuckWild Registration

BuckWild Registration begins Monday May 11, 2015

Registration will be available once you have received your BUID, email, and password. They are typically mailed the first week in May. All students should receive the aforementioned information by the second week of May.  We will do our best to accommodate one of the top four trip choices that you choose.  Registration ends June 15, 2015, but we typically fill to capacity a week or two weeks prior to this date.  If you wish to participate, sign up as quickly as you can to be sure you have a space. If you are sending in a check, please have the correct mailing address.  If you are paying by electronic bank account you will need routing numbers to the banking account before you can register.

Office

Outdoor Education & Leadership

CAP Center, ground floor, Elaine Langone Center

Contact

T570.577.1217

EGetOutside@bucknell.edu


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