Journey (Pre-Semester Program)

Journey 2023


Beginning in 1999, Journey has served as a Pre-Semester Program designed to assimilate incoming freshmen resident students to college while introducing them to the abundant outdoor recreational opportunities in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas. Participants will meet other freshmen to begin making new friends right away while also meeting upperclass mentors who work in Outdoor Adventures.

We are now accepting students for Journey 2023! We have a limited amount of spots and can accept a maximum of 15 students. To secure your spot, please complete the registration and submit a payment of $350.

The trip price includes the following:

  • All Outdoor Excursions
  • All Equipment
  • All Meals
  • Transportation
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • T-shirt

You can submit payment by mailing a check made out to "Roanoke College" in the amount of $350 to:

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 Coordinator of Outdoor Adventures at 540-375-2579.

The first 15 completed and paid registrations will be accepted.  Any checks received after the program is full will be returned or voided/shredded upon your request.  Applications are due by July 15th.  No refunds will be given after that date except for unusual circumstances.

Tentative Schedule

Date Activity
Sun 8/20 Move-in, Introductions & Highropes Course 
Mon 8/21 Backpacking at Grayson Highlands State Park
Tue 8/22 Backpacking at Grayson Highlands State Park; Hiking Mt. Rogers
Wed 8/23 Biking on Creeper Trail
Thu 8/24 Hiking McAfee Knob; Campus Campfire
Fri 8/25 Kayaking on the Roanoke River; Lock-In at River Rock Climbing Gym
Sat 8/26 Breakfast Reception with Parents

Excursions are led by Outdoor Adventures student guides who are certified in CPR, Wilderness First Aid, River Safety and Rescue, and top-rope belaying through River Rock Climbing Gym.  The ropes course at Virgina Tech will be facilitated by trained staff. 

For More Information

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Outdoor Adventures at (540) 375-2579 or