Ohiopyle Basecamp

Challenge Level: light - No Prior Experience Needed

This BuckWild adventure takes you to Ohiopyle State Park in the southwest part of the state near Pittsburgh. This action-packed adventure will have you swimming in the Youghiogheny River, exploring waterfalls, sleeping under the stars and hiking all throughout the region. This is an exciting opportunity to bond with your fellow first-year students and learn from older Bucknellians.

How to Prepare

During this experience, you will be hiking and possibly whitewater rafting. All activities are for beginners and will include instruction as needed. You do not need to have outdoor experience or be a serious athlete to participate, but you will be very active during this trip. To prepare, it’s a good idea to do some physical activities such as swimming, hiking or biking prior to your arrival. More importantly, please get plenty of rest prior to your trip.

Expedition Itinerary

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

Day 1

7 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Move into your residence hall. Breakfast and lunch on your own.

12:15 p.m. In a duffel bag, bring your equipment from the packing list to a storage area.

12:30 p.m. Meet with the associate dean, the director of Outdoor Education & Leadership and BuckWild student trip leaders in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

1:30 p.m. Family goodbyes.

1:45 p.m. Report to Malesardi Quad to meet with your BuckWild student trip leaders.

2 p.m. Families meet with the president, provost and dean of students in the Weis Center.

2:30 p.m. Families depart campus or attend a social hour in the Weis Center lobby until 3:30 p.m.

Day 2

Wake up, pack up equipment and depart campus! Arrive at campground in Ohiopyle and set up camp. Enjoy fun daily activities prepared by BuckWild student trip leaders.

Day 3

Wake up and enjoy breakfast. Go for a hike and enjoy fun activities prepared by BuckWild leaders, including swimming, games and sightseeing.

Day 4

Wake up and enjoy breakfast. Spend the day at the river and enjoy fun activities prepared by BuckWild leaders, including swimming, games and sightseeing.

Day 5

Wake up, break down camp and go for an optional final hike. Return to campus and unpack from the trip. Meet and engage with Bucknell faculty on campus and enjoy a celebratory dinner with all BuckWild participants. Go back to your residence hall to shower and sleep.

Day 6

Breakfast 8:15 a.m. in Larison Dining Hall. Your BuckWild trip leaders will talk about the New Student Orientation schedule, and you’ll watch a slideshow displaying each of the BuckWild trip experiences. New Student Orientation begins just before lunch.

Contact Details

Outdoor Education & Leadership


Tustin Hall, Room 151