Electronic devices including cell phones, iPods, MP3 players or handheld videogame systems.
Weapons of any kind.
Drugs, alcohol or tobacco products.
Any glass containers — they can and will break.
Any cotton materials — they will not dry. Pack quick-dry, lightweight, synthetic materials only.
Scented personal care products like deodorant, makeup or lotion that could attract wild animals like bears, rodents or bugs.
New hiking boots — only bring books you have broken in.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! Most of our experiences are for beginners and meant for first-timers going outdoors. Our leaders do a great job of teaching you and keeping you safe. Also, the goals of the University and BuckWild are to help you transition to college life by building strong connections to your classmates, meeting upper-class mentors, engaging with faculty and connecting to the University. The outdoor activities are there to create a catalyst for learning about yourself and each other. The outdoors is a great place to connect with others.
Outdoor Education & Leadership will provide all technical equipment such as tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, climbing gear, biking gear, paddling gear, backpacks, etc. You will need to bring your own clothing, footwear, rain jacket and rain pants. Additionally, you may bring these items if you have them: sleeping bag, sleeping pad, headlamps and climbing equipment (harness, shoes or helmet).
Move-in day for all the pre-orientation programs is your official move-in day. When you arrive, you should bring everything with you for the entire year. You can start setting up your room and creating your living space for the upcoming year.
For the first night of BuckWild, it is a tradition to have a sleep-out in the Grove. With tents spread all over the Grove, it is an experience to be remembered. The president of the University typically comes out to visit. You will have access to your room to store items, but you will be camping on campus with your team.
Officially, you need to be packed and ready to go by 12:30 p.m. on move-in day. The first event is a meeting in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts with all the participants, parents, student leaders and the director to discuss the program. Move in starts at 7 a.m., so you can get your room in order before BuckWild begins.
In general, we don't allow early arrivals, but we do manage this on a proactive, case-by-case basis.
You may need special accommodations:
If you are traveling by yourself, without your parents.
You are flying great distance and traveling by yourself.
If there are other extenuating circumstances.
If you are flying with your family, we suggest renting a car. It is the quickest and most efficient way to travel to campus. If you are traveling by yourself, please work with the Student Transit Office at 570-577-1953 to arrange your travel to campus. Also, if you are flying from a great distance, you may need to arrive the day before to be able to start the program on time.
We aim to do our best to accommodate all needs, including financial needs. We set aside a small amount of funds to help subsidize those who are recognized as needing a large financial aid package from the University. To apply for these funds, sign up for a waiver upon registration. Your name will be sent to us, and we will do our best to help subsidize your participation in BuckWild.
Yes, please sign up! You may be put on the waitlist or some spots may have already opened up. Those who sign up before the deadline will get the first choice of trip options, but we will do our best to get you on a trip that interests you.
Yes, we hope you sign up! You are also new to Bucknell, and it is important for you to learn about Outdoor Education & Leadership and the resources we offer. We want Bucknell to be your home!
Most likely yes, unless you present an extreme case. We manage this on a case-by-case basis and prefer to be proactive. Please reach out to the Office of Outdoor Education & Leadership (contact info is below) so we can create a menu that best fits your needs. We will also restructure the menu for your team.
It is really important to disclose your allergies and reactions to the allergies, as well as any other dietary needs such as vegan, vegetarian, etc. The earlier you tell us, the better we can accommodate you. For more information, please visit our Health & Dietary Accommodations page.
Please reach out directly to the Department of Outdoor Education & Leadership so we can discuss your options. We will do our best to find an experience that will accommodate your health concerns. For more information, please go to our Health & Dietary Accommodations page.