August 11–18, 2021
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, in addition to sophomores who were unable to attend in 2020 due to Covid-19.
Forms and Documents
Outdoor Resource Center Trip Policies
Tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs are prohibited on all Orientation Trips.
We feel the outdoors is an extremely important space for students to learn, grow, and explore. While safety is always our top priority, to mitigate risk of the spread of Covid-19, we have added additional strict policies or procedures. Please understand we are doing our best to keep you safe.
- Participants and employees will be required to provide:
- proof of vaccination, or
- proof of a negative Covid-19 test, both 10–14 days and 3 days before traveling with group.
- Because this trip is so far off, we understand there is a possibility the trip may be cancelled due to Covid-19 still being rampant in the U.S. If we need to cancel this trip, we will make this decision by July 1, 2021, and offer a full refund.
***Policies subject to change due to state of the Covid-19 virus***
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).