What is the cost for the semester?
The full cost for the semester is $6,900 and covers lodging, travel, camping, gear, activities, and meals. Students are encouraged to bring along extra money for personal items, entertainment, and days off (approx. 8‐10). Expenses for college credit hours are handled through Southeastern University www.seu.edu.
When is the application and first deposit due?
The deadline for Fall Semester applications is July 1, and the first deposit is due at time of acceptance.
Do I need to have experience before arriving for the OLD School Semester?
You do not need any prior experience to participate in an Old School Course. We have professional and experienced guides who lead each course. We will provide you with all the equipment and training necessary to complete your course.
How much of a physical challenge should I expect?
It is always hard to gauge the difficulty level of an area of wilderness you’ve never visited, or activities you’ve never participated in. If you are in good shape, keep it up. If not, then you need to get up and start some conditioning preparation for your course. Semester sections involve carrying 50-60 pounds for large portions of the day, up hills and over rocks. You need to be healthy and physically fit when you arrive. While physical strength is needed, you would do well to focus on your cardiovascular endurance for this course. It is recommended that you exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. For help on a pre-semester fitness plan, please contact us. You don’t have to be in peak athletic shape for your course, but huffing and puffing always makes your day less enjoyable. We require every semester student to provide proof of a doctor’s physical examination prior to this course.
What type of food do we eat during the OLD School Semester?
Your diet in the backcountry will showcase your creativity. We will provide the ingredients and teach you how to cook some amazing dishes using camp stoves and cookware. You’ll use pasta, rice, flour, cheese, tortillas, vegetables, and many other things to whip up culinary masterpieces.
Where will we stay when not in the backcountry on a section?
During down time between course sections and during in-town sections, students will stay in cabins at Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters (SWO) where you will have access to nearby bathrooms/showers. All meals will be provided, except on days off (approx. 9-11 during the semester only).
Is there a separate semester for guys and girls?
Male and female students (aged 18-25) will participate together for the majority of the semester. There will be several days in a given section where the guys and girls are separate, the entire group will function together during most sections. In co-ed portions, you will be in girl- or guy-specific tent/room groups and every effort will be made to protect your privacy and purity. We ask for this same effort on your part as well.
What if a student gets hurt on the trail or parents need to get in touch with a student because of an emergency situation at home?
Our staff is certified to handle most injuries or unexpected incidents while on the trail. OLD School trips are never more than 30 minutes away from a main road and are met by a replenishing team throughout their trip. Trips all have at least 2 leaders certified with a WFR (Wilderness First Responder), CPR and First Aid, and several have more extensive medical training.
What about college credit?
Southeastern University is offering a maximum of 15 credit hours for the OLD School semester. If you’re interested in getting these credits, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions.