Ouachita’s Freshmen Outdoor Orientation Trip uses the wilderness as a unique learning environment in order to broaden their outdoor experiences, provide a setting in which incoming freshmen can interact with one another, and to acquaint themselves with Ouachita as they make the transition to college life. This learning experience will draw them closer to God, setting Him as the foundation for their college life.
Responsibilities: The students will be asked to step into the responsibilities of being an adult. They are expected to respect others and the guidelines set for everyone. Throughout the trip students will take part in cleaning up after meals, gathering wood, making fires, setting up and taking down tents, and participating in group activities.
Leave No Trace: One of our goals throughout the trip is to educate students on the importance of “leaving no trace” on our outdoor adventures. This includes, but is not limited to preparing and planning ahead, traveling and camping on durable surfaces, disposing of waste properly, leaving what we find, minimizing campfire impacts, respecting wildlife, and being considerate of other visitors.
Group Discussions: FOOT is a unique small group environment of building relationships and transitioning our minds toward college. During this time, we will discuss information that will be important for you all to know as you start your college career at Ouachita and hopefully answer any questions you may have.