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  "The mountains are calling and I must go!"

Interested in getting outdoors? The Outdoor Adventure Program at Old Dominion University offers quality outdoor adventure experiences including surfing, backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking and more. Trips are available to ODU students and Faculty & Staff SRC members. No experience is required. Let us take you outdoors on an adventure that you will never forget!

Questions?

For questions about any of our outdoor adventure trips or programs, please contact us at recwell@odu.edu.



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Plan a Trip for your Campus Department!


Whether it is a learning to surf day at the beach or a sunset paddle on the Elizabeth River, we can put together a trip that fits the needs of your department. If you are a part of a campus department and would like to organize an adventure trip with the Outdoor Adventure Program, please contact us at recwell@odu.edu.

Trip Scholarships

Recreation & Wellness is looking for a student organization to take on a paddleboarding trip at Whitehurst Beach or on a Day Hike at First Landing State Park, free of charge! Get to know the members in your organization or simply spend time together in the great outdoors through our Scholarship Trip Program. All equipment is provided by the Outdoor Adventure Center.

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TRIP SCHEDULE

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Evening Paddle Outdoor Trip

09/06/2022 5:00 PM - 09/06/2022 8:00 PM

Join us for an evening stand-up paddleboarding/kayaking adventure in ODU's backyard! The Outdoor Adventure Program will provide all equipment and no experience is necessary. More detailed trip information will be covered in a pre-trip email sent to you the week before the trip. Sign up on the ODU Rec Well app! Please contact recwell@odu.edu if you have any questions. (More)


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Evening Paddle Outdoor Trip

09/08/2022 5:00 PM - 09/08/2022 8:00 PM

"Join us for an evening stand-up paddleboarding/kayaking adventure in ODU's backyard! The Outdoor Adventure Program will provide all equipment and no experience is necessary. More detailed trip information will be covered in a pre-trip email sent to you the week before the trip. Sign up on the ODU Rec Well app! Please contact recwell@odu.edu if you have any questions." (More)


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Ocracoke Island Surfing Weekend Trip

09/09/2022 9:00 AM - 09/11/2022 5:00 PM

Join us as we head to Ocracoke, North Carolina for a weekend in the sun, surfing and catching some waves! (More)


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Evening Bike Ride

09/14/2022 5:00 PM - 09/14/2022 8:00 PM

Join us for an evening bike ride on the Elizabeth River Trail, right in ODU's backyard! The Outdoor Adventure Program will provide all equipment. No experience is necessary. More detailed trip information will be covered in a pre-trip email sent to you the week before the trip. (More)


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80s Themed Rock Wall Climbing Social

09/15/2022 4:00 PM - 09/15/2022 8:00 PM

Climb, eat, mingle, repeat! Try something new and stop by the Student Recreation Center rock climbing wall for fun, friends, and free pizza! Each climbing social is themed, which means our rock wall gets a makeover and the music is just right. No experience is necessary. Bring a friend and join us for a fun time! The September climbing social theme is 80s! (More)


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Surfing Day Trip

09/17/2022 9:00 AM - 09/17/2022 5:00 PM

What could be better than sun, sand & surfing?! Come to learn, or come to relax as we take on the waves at Virginia Beach's Oceanfront. Swimming ability is required, but no prior surfing experience is necessary. All equipment and transportation is included. A mandatory pre-trip meeting will be held the Sunday before the trip. If you do not attend the pre-trip meeting meeting, your spot will be given away. Sign up on the ODU Rec Well app! Please contact recwell@odu.edu if you have any questions. (More)


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Evening Paddle Outdoor Trip for Student Organizations

09/20/2022 5:00 PM - 09/20/2022 8:00 PM

Recreation & Wellness is looking for a student organization to take on a paddleboarding trip at Whitehurst Beach, free of charge! Get to know the members in your organization or simply spend time together in the great outdoors through our Scholarship Trip Program. All equipment is provided by the Outdoor Adventure Center. Submit your group's application before September 11: https://form.jotform.com/83453238292157 (More)


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Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic

09/22/2022 6:00 PM - 08/22/2022 8:00 PM

Learn a new skill, develop connections, and develop confidence your ability to fix your bike! Our bike technicians will demonstrate the basics of bike maintenance and repair, and you'll get a chance to practice. You may bring your own bike or practice with one of the Outdoor Adventure Center bikes. Please note: the Outdoor Adventure Center does not sell bicycle inner tubes. If you are planning to repair a flat tire on your own bike, please bring the appropriate tube for your bike. Sign up on the ODU Rec Well app! Please contact recwell@odu.edu if you have any questions. (More)


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Fire Building & S'mores Clinic

10/06/2022 6:00 PM - 10/06/2022 8:00 PM

Learn how to build your own campfire with other Monarchs and celebrate your new skill with some s'mores! Outdoor Adventure Program trip leaders will walk you through various techniques, gear, and materials to have a great campfire. Sign up on the ODU Rec Well app! Please contact recwell@odu.edu if you have any questions. (More)


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Fall Break Backpacking Trip

10/08/2022 - 10/11/2022

Enjoy beautiful mountain views on this physically demanding backcountry wilderness experience to Grayson Highlands. A mandatory pre-trip meeting will be held the Sunday before the trip. If you do not attend this meeting, your spot will be given away. No experience is necessary, but this trip is more physically demanding than others. Trip cost includes all equipment, food, and transportation. (More)


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Wilderness First Aid Course (WFA) Certification Course

11/19/2022 8:00 AM - 11/20/2022 7:00 PM

In the Wilderness First Aid (WFA) 2-day course, learn how to hands-on care for someone as the first to respond without the tools of an ambulance, hospital, or medical clinic available. Adults of all ages and focused teens with solid attention spans are welcome. MEDIC is a safe space ally. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a SOLO WFA Certification that is valid for two years. Spaces are limited and full registration is complete after paying the $250.00 fee. Register: https://www.solowfa.com/register-SOLO-disaster-wilderness-first-aid-course-in-person.html Learn More: https://www.solowfa.com/faq.html Questions? Email courses@solowfa.com (More)


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Introduction to Camping Trip

11/19/2022 9:00 AM - 11/20/2022 5:00 PM

Do you want to go camping, but don't know where to begin? Join the Outdoor Adventure Program for a fun and informative overnight camping trip to Pocahontas State Park in Richmond, VA. You'll learn all the basics including how to set up a tent, build a campfire, cook on a stove, and more. A mandatory pre-trip meeting will be held the Sunday before the trip. If you do not attend this meeting, your spot will be given away. Sign up on the ODU Rec Well app! Please contact recwell@odu.edu if you have any questions. (More)



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First Ascent

First Ascent is a unique orientation program for students coming to Old Dominion University each Fall. This outdoor adventure-based orientation introduces new students to fellow peers and helps ease their transition into college life, while having fun in the outdoors. This experience will help establish the foundation for building meaningful relationships within the ODU community.

No previous experience is required for any of the adventures. Our trained Outdoor Adventure Program staff will lead each adventure group through its designed itinerary!

All trips include: round trip transportation to and from the destination, all outdoor equipment and food. Dietary restrictions will be taken into consideration when planning the menu.

Stay tuned for Summer 2023 trip dates!

Registration Instructions

The Rec Well Portal is our program registration website. Students should sign in to the Rec Well Portal with their MIDAS information. As a new student, you may not have MIDAS credentials yet. If that is that case, please follow the instructions below to create a local account to sign up for First Ascent.

  • Visit the Rec Well Portal
  • Click "Sign In"
  • Click "Sign Up"
  • Enter "First Name" & "Last Name"
  • Enter email address & set your password
  • A box will appear, select "Complete Account"
  • Enter your Personal Information (i.e., Date of Birth, Gender, Phone Number, Address, etc...)
Once your local account is created or your are signed in via your MIDAS ID, sign up for the First Ascent program:
  • From the home page, click "Outdoor Adventure"
  • Ensure the "Summer 2022" semester is selected from the left menu
  • Click "First Ascent"
  • Click "Register" on the trip of your choice
  • Select Family Member (your name/account)
  • Read Waiver and Click "Accept Now"
  • Review and Answer the Questions (Incoming Student, UIN & Email, Health Insurance Information & Dietary Restrictions)
  • Click "Add to Cart"
  • Click "Checkout"
  • Click "Add New Card"
  • Enter your payment information
  • Click "Continue"
  • Submit Payment

Please email us at recwell@odu.edu if you have any questions or issues registering.









OUTDOOR ADVENTURE APPRENTICESHIP

Share your passion for the outdoors -- become an Adventure Trip Leader!

The Outdoor Adventure Apprenticeship is a unique and valuable opportunity for students to guide their peers as an Adventure Trip Leader. To become a trip leader, accepted applicants must complete a semester-long apprentice training program. Participants will learn outdoor skills, become proficient in wilderness safety, develop leadership traits and establish a better understanding of themselves.

Interested in the fall 2022 apprenticeship? Fill out this interest sheet!

Questions? Email Recreation & Wellness at recwell@odu.edu.



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