Journey (Pre-Orientation)

Journey 2014

Registration for 2019 has closed.
Please check this page next year for information on Journey 2020!


Beginning in 1999, Journey has served as a pre-orientation program designed to assimilate incoming freshmen resident students to college while introducing the students 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.

Journey can accept a maximum of 20 students and we are now accepting students for Journey 2019.  To secure your spot, please complete the registration and then submit payment.  The weeklong program costs $300 and includes various outdoor excursions, equipment, transportation, housing, some meals, and a t-shirt.  You can submit payment by mailing a check made out to "Roanoke College" in the amount of $300 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 the Campus Recreation office at (540) 375-5219.

The first 20 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 8/18 Move-in, Introductions, Orientation at Wilderness Adventure
Mon 8/19 Backpacking at Grayson Highlands State Park
Tue 8/20 Hiking Mt. Rogers
Wed 8/21 Biking on Creeper Trail
Thu 8/22 Hiking McAfee Knob, Dinner at the Homeplace
Fri 8/23 Whitewater Rafting at ACE Adventure, Reception with Parents back on Campus

Excursions are led by Outdoor Adventures student guides who are certified in CPR and Wilderness First Aid.  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 Outdoor Adventures at (540) 375-2579 or