Discovery, offered by New Student & Transition Programs, is a week-long adventure in the outdoors that will enable you to discover new friendships while building your teamwork and leadership skills. The trip is designed for students with little to no camping experience and those who have been camping for years. The program begins by familiarizing you with campus and then moves to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where new friendships begin and outdoor skills are developed. During Discovery, you will hike the Appalachian Trail, spend two days serving the community of Luray, canoe the white water of the Shenandoah River and tour local natural attractions. Sign up here to participate in this experience!


July 8-14, 2017


Program Cost: $320

Deposit: $160

What to Expect:

Participants should prepare to arrive into the Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU) by 11am on Saturday July 8. A staff member will pick you up at baggage claim.

Come prepared to try something new, meet new people, get dirty, and have some fun! Throughout the week, participants will be hiking, camping, canoeing, engaging in community service, learning about outdoor living skills and community engagement, and getting to know other participants.  

Participants should make their flight home for Friday July 14th from the Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU) departing after 11am. 

What to Bring: 


  • 6 changes of clothes: Athletics shorts and t-shirts are fine. Dry fit/quick dry material works well in the Virginia summer weather!
  • Socks & undergarments
  • Bathing suit
  • Sweatshirt. Synthetic if possible. It can get chilly at night!
  • Rain jacket
  • Hat/Cap/Bandana
  • Sneakers/Hiking Boots
  • Work clothes for service days: Long pants, short-sleeve t-shirt, long sleeve shirt, and closed toed shoes. Please bring clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!
  • Clothes for canoeing: Please bring clothes you don’t mind getting wet including shoes with a heel strap to wear inside the canoe. Crocs, Tevas, Keenes, or Chacos work well. Tennis shoes are fine as long as you don’t mind them getting wet. No flip flops.  

Toiletries: (Please bring small, travel-size, bottles of supplies because you only have one bag)

  • Shampoo/conditioner/soap etc.
  • Toothbrush/ Toothpaste
  • Towel
  • Deodorant
  • Glasses/contacts and solution (if needed)
  • Prescribed medication (be sure to inform your facilitator of what you have)


  • Reusable plastic camping bowl and utensils. This will help us minimize our impact on the environment.
  • Pocketknife. Keep this in your checked luggage if you’re flying!
  • Waterproof camera (if you choose or digital camera in a water proof case)
  • Sleeping bag and pillow*
  • Tent and tarp* (make sure it is in good quality with a rain tarp incase showers occur during the week)
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Sun block
  • Chapstick
  • Insect repellent
  • Headlamp and/or flashlight with batteries.
  • Reusable Water bottles (One LARGE water bottle is okay but two are preferred!)
  • Day Pack: Small backpack to carry on the hike and for service days.
  • 1 trash bag for wet, dirty clothes
  • Journal and pen or pencil
  • Snacks: granola bars, trail mix, etc.

*We will provide tents and sleeping bags for those who are not bringing them

Meet the Staff: 

Elizabeth McDonald, Student Coordinator

Riley Clopine, Student Facilitator

Nate Jones, Student Facilitator

Sean Walker, Staff Advisor

Emily Krechel, Staff Advisor