Ricketts Glen Basecamp

Challenge Level: light

Ricketts Glen State Park is located an hour northeast of Bucknell's campus and has more than 13,000 acres. One popular hike is a loop trail with 22 waterfalls within 3.2 miles — the highest waterfall stretching 94 feet. Your team will explore this trail and a few others, paddleboard on the 245-acre Lake Jean, and tackle the CLIMBucknell Challenge Course.

No prior paddleboarding, hiking or challenge course experience is required. We will teach you everything you need to know!

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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.

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! Hike the waterfall loop, 5-8 miles. Set up basecamp. Enjoy fun activities prepared by BuckWild trip leaders.

Day 3

Wake up and enjoy breakfast. Paddleboard on Lake Jean. If you're lucky, you'll get to see some awesome wildlife! Enjoy fun activities prepared by BuckWild trip leaders.

Day 4

Wake up and enjoy breakfast. Complete the CLIMBucknell Challenge Course at the Cowan Forrest D. Brown Retreat Center, featuring low ropes, problem-solving activities, a climbing tower, zip-lining and other high ropes elements. Enjoy fun activities prepared by BuckWild trip leaders.

Day 5

Wake up, break down camp, enjoy morning activities before departing for campus. Unpack from trip. Meet with your BuckWild leaders 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 a little before lunch.

Contact Details

Outdoor Education & Leadership


Tustin Hall, Room 151