Office of Student Life

Welcome Week

Wilderness Welcome: Pictured Rocks Sea Kayaking


Time: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Pictured Rocks, Michigan

On this trip, First-Year students will focus on developing the basic skills necessary to live out of a sea kayak and navigate between islands in a marine environment. Skill progression, equipment selection, terminology, and potential risks are all introduced as foundational skills for sea kayaking. Camp on island and coastlines, paddle alongside sand dunes, and take in the beauty of Lake Superior. Student leaders will provide guidance throughout this experiential and field-based excursion. This trip is challenging, yet appropriate for both novice and more experienced sea-kayakers looking for a backcountry experience. At the end of the trip, first year students who have elected to be an OWL (all Wilderness Welcome participants are encouraged to be OWLs*) will move-in early (August 16) and can safely store their residence hall items at the OAC for the duration of the trip. OAC staff will assist in the move-in process on August 16 so a participant’s family only needs to make one trip to campus. This trip is also available for one academic credit hour. More information can be found here.

*Students who elect not to be an OWL or who don’t register by June 30 can: return home on August 15 and move in on the normal move-in day, August 18 or pay Residence Life for early move-in (typically $40/day).

This is a backcountry trip: Participants on this trip will sleep in tents and there will be no access to showers, running water or other modern amenities. Trip leaders will teach participants how to dispose of waste properly by following Leave No Trace ethics. What's included in the Trip Fee? all meals, transportation, trip leader instruction and activity-specific gear (excludes personal clothing and footwear). Students with financial need (Pell eligible for example) may apply for a scholarship to reduce program cost. Please email for details on how to apply. How to register: you will need to create a new RecRegister account. Use your OSU email and ID # if you have it. Once you have created your account, please click the Sign Up and make a payment to reserve your spot. Note this program will sell out and payment is required to hold your spot. Difficulty Level: 3 out of 5 For details & tips for preparing for the trip please reference OAC Physical Challenge Scale

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