Campus Recreation

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

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 freshman, in addition to sophomores who were unable to attend in 2020 due to Covid-19.

Register for the trip here! 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.

Disclaimer – Covid-19 Policy

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 a negative Covid-19 test at least 72 hours before travelling with group. Proof of vaccine will also be accepted. Participants will be required to quarantine 10 days before travelling with group. Quarantine is defined as isolating oneself from others, not engaging in unnecessary extracurricular activities, and wearing a properly fitted mask when engaging in necessary activities like grocery shopping. The goal is to limit exposure as much as possible.

*Participants and employees will be required to wear masks at all times physical distancing cannot be achieved, including in public spaces and when preparing food.

*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***

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, then you will receive no 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 that 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)