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Campus Recreation

Freshman Outdoor Orientation Trip (F.O.O.T.)

August 10–17, 2022

The Freshmen Outdoor Orientation Trip (F.O.O.T.) is a unique wilderness experience that will take place the week before school begins. Trained upperclassmen lead backpacking trips along the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee. F.O.O.T. offers an amazing opportunity for incoming students to meet a small group of new classmates and establish relationships with older student leaders. You will hike, camp, cook outdoors, play games, swim in waterfalls, and spend a day giving back to the mountains by learning how to build and maintain hiking trails. These trips are designed for all levels of experience; no prior backpacking experience necessary. 


Registration is open to all incoming freshmen. Click here to register.

Please email the outdoor recreation program manager at with any questions. 

Forms and Documents

Outdoor Resource Center Trip Policies

Trip Policy

Tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs are prohibited on all Orientation Trips.

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your reservation for a trip, you will receive an 80 percent refund if you cancel more than 10 days prior to your trip date. If you cancel 10 days or less prior to your trip date, you will not receive a refund. If you are registered for a trip that exceeds $200, you must cancel 30 days prior to the trip departure date or receive NO refund. In the event a trip is canceled by the Outdoor Resource Center prior to its departure date, 100 percent of all registration fees will be refunded.

Trip Payment Policy

Trip costs are to be paid at the time of trip registration. VISA, MasterCard, and Discover are acceptable forms of online payment. Cash or check payment may be used when registering in-person in the Outdoor Resource Center (037 Student Union).

Outdoor Resource Center Trip Policies (PDF)