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Journey (Pre-Orientation)

Journey 2014


Since 1999, Journey has served as a pre-orientation program designed to assimilate incoming freshmen resident students to college while introducing the students to the wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas.  The weeklong program costs $300 and includes various outdoor excursions, transportation, housing and some meals.

Journey can accept a maximum of 20 students so submit your application before all the spots are filled!  There are currently 0 spots remaining; Journey has filled for 2017!

Please mail the completed application and check made out to "Roanoke College" to:

Todd Bowyer
Director of Campus Recreation
Roanoke College
221 College Lane
Salem, VA 24153

Please write the student's name in the subject line of the check.

Alternatively, if you would like to pay by credit card, please call the Campus Recreation office at (540) 375-5219.  You can then email the completed application to

The first 20 completed and paid applications will be accepted.  Any checks received after the program is full will be returned.  In order to guarantee a spot, all applications and payments must be received by July 15th.  No refunds will be given after that date except for unusual circumstances.

Tentative Schedule

Date Activity
Sat 8/19 Move-in, Introductions, Team Building Activities
Sun 8/20 Activities and Camping at Nantahala Outdoor Center
Mon 8/21 Solar Eclipse! Other activities
Tue 8/22 Hiking Mt. Rogers, Activities at Grayson Highlands State Park
Wed 8/23 Mountain Biking on VA Creeper Trail
Thu 8/24 Hiking McAfee Knob, Dinner at the Homeplace
Fri 8/25 Whitewater Rafting at ACE Adventure, Reception with Parents back on Campus

Excursions are led by Outdoor Adventures student guides who are certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED.  The ropes course at Wilderness Adventure and whitewater rafting at ACE Adventure are led by professional guides of each respective outfitter.

For More Information

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Todd Bowyer, Director of Campus Recreation, at (540) 375-5219 or