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Colonel Outdoor Recreation Experience (CORE) for Freshman

CORE Student on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina

The Colonel Outdoor Recreation Experience (CORE) just completed two wilderness orientation trips for incoming first years students.  The trips led 14 incoming freshman (accompanied by 4 trip leaders and 2 orientation leaders) on a journey aimed at making the transition form  high school to college less stressful.  One group hiked the Appalachian Trail and rafted down the Nantahala River, while the second group went camping and rock climbing at Obed Wild and Scenic River.  The incoming students were physically challenged by day learning new outdoor skills.  By night the students were challenged mentally by the orientation leaders through a series of activities and initiatives.  The activities were designed to provide students with the opportunity to begin thinking about the obstacles they will encounter in their first year of college, and how to overcome those obstacles.   This is the second year for the CORE program which is a collaborative effort between First Year Programs, Adventure Programs and the Recreation and Park Administration Department.

Published on August 07, 2013

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