The Bucknell Wilderness Experience known as BuckWild is a dynamic outdoor pre-orientation program held in Central Pennsylvania surrounding Lewisburg and Bucknell during the week leading up to New Student Orientation.

The goal of the BuckWild program is to help with the transition into university life. Your first year at the university is the most critical and often perceived as the most challenging in any student's mind. University can be tough because of the first time freedom you have making decisions, meeting new people, fitting into a new community, and adapting to a new culture. Our goal is to help with these issues by working to build a support network with you. We want to provide you with resources to help, when and if you struggle, plus by providing a challenging experience in the outdoors it will help boost personal confidence, and prepare you for the rigors and trials of the first-year experience. We believe this experience will aid you in making smart decisions during your first year and help you manage academic, social, personal-emotional, institutional adjustment, and beyond!!

BuckWild Wilderness Adventure


BuckWild Trip

BuckWild Dates are August 17-21, 2014. The 2014 Programs included are the Roaring Creek Wilderness Basecamp (4 Trips), Canoeing (1 Trip), Rock Climbing and Caving (3 trips), Adventure Race (1 Trip), Backpacking (1 Beginner, 1 Intermediate, and 1 Advanced), Beginner Climbing and Backpacking (2 Trips), Ohiopyle State Park Basecamp (3 Trips), and the CAFE Program (1 Trip).

BuckWild Experiences

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

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 ...

"...when you're in the wilderness you are able to find yourself and build amazing friendships." 

- Zach Berlant

BuckWild Registration

BuckWild Registration

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Registration will be available once you have received you BUID, email, and password. They are typically mailed the first week in May. All students usually have them the 2nd week in May. We will do our best to accommodate your interests within your top 4 choices you choose. Registration ends in mid June, but we typically fill up a week or 2 before this date. Please be thorough with the application. If you are sending in a check please have the correct address, if you are paying by electronic bank account you will need the routing numbers to the account before you register.


Outdoor Education & Leadership

CAP Center, ground floor, Elaine Langone Center




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