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Program Design

Registration and Billing

Academic Credits

Equipment

Equipment information can be found by visiting http://adventurefirstyear.wvu.edu/registeredstudents.

Rules & Expectations

Food

Eligibility, Hygiene, and Health 

Preparing for your Adventure WV First-Year Trip

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How many people are on each program?

Enrollment depends on program-type and specific program. Enrollments are subject to change. Typical numbers are as follows:

  • Wilderness: 8 students and 2 leaders or 16 students with 4 leaders (split into two groups)
  • Odyssey: 19-22 students and 4 leaders (sometimes smaller trips of 10 students and 2 leaders)
  • Explore: 19-22 students and 4 leaders (sometimes smaller trips of 10 students and 2 leaders)
  • Service: 10 students with 2 leaders or 19-22 students with 4 leaders
  • Transfers: 10 students and 2 leaders
  • Scenic: 10 students and 2 leaders or 19-22 students with 4 leaders
  • Mountaineer Quest: 19-22 students and 3-4 leaders

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What is an early move-in program?

Early move-in programs allow participants the option of moving their things into their dorm before move-in day. Students “drop and go” (leave their belongings in their residence halls) the week prior to move-in day, begin their program later that same day, and then get dropped off at their residence hall at the end of their program (all early move-in trips end on Saturday, August 17, 2019). These programs are extremely popular and fill up quickly. Note that students in the Honors College, Band, ROTC, and any other department with requirements scheduled between August 12 - 17, 2019, are ineligible for early move-in programs.

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When and where do I need to show up for my program?

Please refer to your program’s itinerary (found at http://adventurefirstyear.wvu.edu/registeredstudents) for details on start and end times. 

Explore, Service, Wilderness, & Transfer programs begin at Outdoor Recreation Center, located within the Student Recreation Center on WVU’s Evansdale Campus ( https://campusmap.wvu.edu/files/d/8fd60371-1823-43bd-a4f4-160d9104d3cf/campusmap-evansdale.pdf ); drive through the parking lot until you see the large garage doors and Adventure WV flag.

All Odyssey programs will begin at the Westvaco Center, located at the WVU Research Forest below the Outdoor Education Center ( http://westvacocenter.wvu.edu/directions).

All Mountaineer Quest programs will meet at Camp Muffly in Morgantown, WV.  Drive in the parking lot and look for the Adventure WV flag (http://www.campmufflypark.com).

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How do you recommend I get to and from Morgantown? Is there somewhere to stay if I arrive early?

Please visit http://adventurefirstyear.wvu.edu/registeredstudents for information on transportation and lodging.

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How does Adventure WV communicate with me?

Adventure WV will communicate with you via your (the student’s) MIX email account. You MUST check your MIX account! If you have questions about accessing or using your MIX account, please contact the WVU Help Desk at http://it.wvu.edu, 1-877-327-9260, or itshelp@mail.wvu.edu.

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How do I register for programs?

Register online at http://adventurefirstyear.wvu.edu. Programs are first-come, first-served. You must have your WVU ID # and password available to register (this number will be listed in your WVU acceptance letter). Please note that registration for programs will NOT automatically register you for academic credits.  See the "Academic Credits" section below for details

Once your online registration is completed, you will download a letter welcoming you to the program and containing instructions for necessary program paperwork that must be filled out and returned within 14 days of registering on-line. All program paperwork is available at http://adventurefirstyear.wvu.edu/registeredstudents

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How do I pay or how am I billed for my program?

The only cost, for any of our programs, is the non-refundable commitment/processing fee of $95. Students who qualify for additional financial assistance AND complete the summer portion of our programs will have that fee removed from their student account in early August. Programs are all-inclusive: food, transportation, lodging, etc. After you register for a program, the processing fee will be applied directly to your student account and posted in early July of 2019. Adventure WV does not accept payment in any other form. Hence, you will pay for this fee at the same time you pay for all of your fall courses. The $95 fee will appear on your fall billing statement as:  MAVO (ADV WV Trips). You will receive an email to your MIX address from the Mountaineer Hub, if you have balance due after financial aid and scholarships, are applied.  

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Is it true I get academic credits for going on a First-Year Trip?

Students who participate on and Adventure WV First-Year Trip will enroll in a one-credit complement to their First-Year Experience.  

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Do I need to register for the academic credit?   Will Adventure register me?

In order to earn the accompanying fall credit you will need to register for the appropriate section when you meet with your advisor.  Due to university regulations, Adventure WV cannot register you.  Tell your advisor that you are/will be an Adventure WV participant.  He/she will assist you in selecting the correct course section. 

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Does my Adventure WV First Year Trip count as a freshman seminar?

No, your trip nor your Fall class count as a First-Year Seminar.  The course you will enroll in is a complement to your First-Year Seminar and your general First-Year Experience at WVU. 

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Are there any items that are prohibited on First-Year Trips?

Yes. First-Year Trips are drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free environments. We also do not allow cell phones (more details below) or personal MP3 devices. Generally, you should not bring anything not included on the Equipment List. It is useful to have a small pocket-knife (3 inch blade or smaller), but otherwise no weapons should accompany the program. Any students in violation of these rules may be removed from the program with no refund, have their grades reduced by a full grade letter, and be subject to university sanctions. 

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Why can’t I bring my cell phone?

We have put a lot of thought into our cell phone policy in recent years as phones have become more prevalent and central to our every day lives.  We have written a letter that details why we remain cell phone free.  We ask you to please read it here: http://adventurefirstyear.wvu.edu/cell-phone-letter.  Note that our participants overwhelmingly recommend that we keep this policy!

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Do I need to provide my own meals?

No. All meals and snacks will be provided as soon as your program begins.

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What are we going to be eating?

Lots of great and healthy food! We are always busy on our programs and expending a lot of energy. Your specific menu will vary by program type. Some typical meals are…

  • Breakfasts: Cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, french toast
  • Lunch: Sandwiches and wraps
  • Dinner: Pasta, stir fry, quesadillas, burritos, mac and cheese, salad
  • Snacks: Crackers, cookies, fruit, veggies, trail mix
  • Beverages: Hot chocolate, coffee, lemonade, water


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I’m a vegetarian. Is that a problem?

No.  Most meals are vegetarian friendly and we have alternatives for those meals which are not. Please mark that you are a vegetarian on your Participant Information Form.  If it is not listed, we cannot accommodate for your specific meal plan. 

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I have food allergies. Is that a problem?

No.  Please be sure to include all information regarding your allergies on your Participant Information Form. If you think additional information is relevant, please get in touch with us. We may also contact you to gain more information. We can plan a menu around most food allergies.  However, if it not listed on your Participation Information Form, we cannot accommodate for your specific meal plan.

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I have another dietary restriction. Is that a problem?

No.  Please be sure to include all information regarding restrictions on your Participant Information Form.   As long as you let us know what your restrictions are, we will almost always be able to accommodate them. Don’t hesitate to be in touch with us if your dietary restrictions may need an explanation. We may also follow up with you. We have accommodated many diets in the past, including Kosher, Halal, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free, along with having accommodated a wide range of food allergies.  However, if it not listed on your Participation Information Form, we cannot accommodate for your specific meal plan.

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If I have had previous or have current health conditions, who do I contact if I have concerns or questions before I register?

All participants are required to read and meet Adventure WV's Essential Eligibility Criteria, which are located here on our website:  https://adventurefirstyear.wvu.edu/essential-eligibility-criteria 

The health and safety of our students and staff are a top priority, along with the educative quality of the program experience for all participants. To achieve essential group goals, the individuals on each program must be fully capable of and committed to learning and using outdoor skills, meeting physical and social challenges, and taking care of themselves and each other.

The Essential Eligibility (EEC) are applied to all students on AWV’s First Year Trips (FYT). A qualified person meets the general EEC for AWV as well as the EEC for the specific FYT program activities and program areas. If an applicant does not meet specific criteria, AWV might be able to accommodate an applicant, but will not do so if it significantly alters the fundamental nature of the program activity, jeopardizes the health and safety of program participants or staff, or places an undue administrative or financial burden on WVU or Adventure WV.  Requests for accommodations must be submitted in writing to Adventure WV (to: marion.mcclure@mail.wvu.edu) at least one month prior to a program.  Requests are not guaranteed; Adventure WV will work with the requestor and WVU’s Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) to determine the feasibility of the request.  A final plan for accommodations must be reviewed and approved of by AWV, the requestor, and OAS at least one week prior to the program.  Requestors are also encouraged to consult directly with OAS:  https://accessibilityservices.wvu.edu/

Adventure WV FYT participants are responsible for consulting the itinerary of their selected program and reviewing the relevant Essential Eligibility Criteria.  


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There are going to be bathrooms and showers, right?

The answer to this question depends on your program!

  • Odyssey, Service, & Transfers: Yes, though slightly more rustic as trips stay at campgrounds. 
  • Wilderness: No, there will be no bathroom facilities during the 5-day, 4-night backpacking portion of your trip.  But this does NOT mean we’ll totally abandon sanitation! Your leaders will teach you how to use the bathroom outside, how to clean your hands, how to brush your teeth, and other things you’ll need to how about how to stay (relatively) clean. 
  • Explore: You will have access to bathroom facilities EXCEPT while on the backpacking portion of your trip. Read above about Wilderness trips to see how we’ll manage to stay relatively clean while backpacking.
  • Mountaineer Quest: Yes, campground lodging and restroom facilities at Camp Muffly

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Do I need to bring a First Aid Kit?

No. We bring a well-stocked First Aid Kit.

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What if I take prescription medication?

Please be sure to take them with you, take them as prescribed, and keep them accessible. Take special care to bring and keep accessible epi-pens and/or asthma inhalers if you have had these prescribed to you for any reason. Also, be sure you have noted these medications on your Participant Information Form. If you get new medication after filling out and sending in your form, please let us know.

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What if I use contacts?

You can definitely bring and use contacts while camping and/or on the trail. Be sure to bring 1-2 extra pairs, plenty of solution (usually a 4oz travel size is sufficient), and definitely bring your glasses as a back-up. Some people like to bring a travel-size mirror, as well. Your leaders can show and help you wash your hands with our biodegradable soap before putting in and taking out contacts.

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Females: What if I might get my period while backpacking?

We encourage ALL female backpacking participants (Wilderness and Explore) to make and pack a “period kit.” The changes in diet and activity level often cause females to get their period when they are not expecting it. Here is a great resource for building a period kit: http://www.wlu.edu/student-life/first-year-experience/before-you-arrive/the-leading-edge/appalachian-adventure/feminine-hygiene 

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I’ve never been backpacking, built a home, been rock climbing, been whitewater rafting, been camping…etc…before. Is that a problem?

No! Our programs are designed for beginners. We do not expect you to have experience or be proficient in anything we do. Your leaders will teach you what you need to know for your program. You should anticipate the experience will be a genuine challenge, along with being a wonderful, fun, and valuable experience.

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Is there anything I should do to prepare for the program?

Doing some type of regular exercise may help you feel more comfortable with the activities on trip. But really, the only thing you need to do is get excited! 

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Where can I get the clothing and equipment I need?

Adventure WV recommends Pathfinder of Morgantown WV as a great place to get some of your gear! All of Pathfinder’s staff is familiar with the equipment needed on trips and can outfit you with the gear you will need to make your adventure this summer a success. This shop is located at 235 High Street and is locally owned and operated. They can be reached at 304-296-0076 or you can find out more on their website at http://pathfinderwv.com.

Remember that Adventure WV provides all technical equipment.  You'll need to provide your own clothing, which should include athletic fabrics (synthetics--more details will be on your packing list).  Athletic clothes can be found inexpensively at stores like Target, Walmart, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls.  Sporting Goods stores also have many options.

If you want more outdoor-specific clothes or gear, some good outdoor retailers are:

Finally, don’t overlook your local Goodwill other thrift or second-hand stores. If you dig a little, you can often find great sports and synthetic clothing at rock-bottom prices. 

As with everything do not hesitate to contact us if you’re having trouble finding something or if you have any questions: adventurewv@mail.wvu.edu or call 304-293-5221

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