Grab a paddle. Pitch a tent. Hike across boulders. Gear up for an outdoor adventure with BuckWild, a dynamic Pre-Orientation program that takes you into the beautiful Central Pennsylvania wilderness for five days of hands-on activities in the woods, on the river and beyond.

Whatever excursion you choose, you'll connect with fellow first-years, meet mentors, learn about campus culture, build teamwork, enhance your leadership skills and broaden your perspectives as you build relationships in small-group settings. BuckWild is a great foundation of support for the rest of your time at Bucknell, and all levels of outdoor experience are welcome.

What You'll Do

The Pennsylvania Wilds region brims with outdoor activities including hiking, backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing, camping, challenge courses and more. You'll choose from several trip options, all within easy distance of campus. Previous trips have included paddling on the Susquehanna River, backpacking and camping in the mountains, and rock-climbing along the Appalachian Trail.

The best part? We provide everything you need, including equipment and instruction from experienced staff and upper class student leaders. Hone your outdoor skills or dare to try something new as you get to know a different side of Bucknell.


Take it outside!

2024 Pre-Orientation Dates to Know

  • Sunday, June 30:
    • Last day to sign up for other Pre-Orientation programs
    • Limited spaces remain in most Pre-Orientation programs. Registration is first come, first served and will continue until programs fill; sign up today to reserve your spot.
  • Friday, Aug. 16:
    • 7 – 11 a.m. Move-in for Pre-O participants and tabling fair
    • 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pre-O participants and their parents and families are invited to join us for lunch in Bostwick
    • 12:30 p.m. Program meetings (students, parents and families)
    • 1:45 – 3:30 p.m. Parent & Family Reception
    • 2 p.m. Programs begin for students
    • 2 p.m. University Welcome for Parents & Families
  • Tuesday, Aug. 20:
    • Last day of Pre-O programs
  • Wednesday, Aug. 21:
    • New Student Orientation begins for all first-year Bucknell students

Note: Dates and times are tentative and subject to change.

Pre-Orientation Move-In Day Schedule

Friday, Aug. 16

7–11 a.m.

Arrival and Check-in
Outside Sojka Pavillion
Students will receive their room key and BUID and check in with their Pre-O program leaders. After check-in, head to your residence hall to unpack your belongings and settle in.

Representatives from a variety of campus offices will be present to answer your questions. Meet staff from Bertrand Library, Bucknell Nutrition, Bucknell Student Health, Campus Activities & Programs, GenFirst!, Global & Off-Campus Education, the Teaching & Learning Center and more.

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.Lunch
Bostwick Marketplace, Elaine Langone Center
All Pre-Orientation participants, their families and friends are invited to lunch as guests of the University (no charge). Pick up your lunch tickets at Pre-O check-in.
12:30 p.m.

Program Meetings
Meeting locations will be posted in June
Parents and families are invited to join their student and attend these meetings. Program leaders will share details about program schedules and expectations and will be available to answer questions

2 p.m.Students: Programs Begin
2 p.m.Families: University Welcome
Weis Center Concert Hall
University officials welcome and advise family members on the first year at Bucknell. Light refreshments will be served before the welcome; parents and families are invited to stay after to mingle.

More details about the move-in day schedule will be shared in early 2024.

Whom It’s For

All first-year students and transfer students new to Bucknell are welcome, and no prior outdoor experience is necessary. Detailed information, including medical and waiver forms, will be provided when you register.


$375, including all meals, program expenses and a T-shirt. Financial waivers are available if needed.


Morgan Costello, assistant director
Outdoor Education & Leadership

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CAP Center, Elaine Langone Center, ground floor

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Outdoor Education & Leadership