New Adventures

New Adventures application is closed for Fall of 2022. Applications for Fall 2023 will open May 2023.

General Information

Cost: $100
Location: Ely, MN

New Adventures is Ohio University's adventure orientation program for first-year students! The trips take place during the summer before your first semester of college and allow you to develop leadership skills, see amazing places and form lasting friendships before you even set foot on campus for your first year.

New Adventures is valued at $1,000 per student. Outdoor Pursuits and Experiential Learning are partnering to fund this as Ohio University's first Signature Program. This opportunity is now offered to first-year students at a cost of $100 with the intent to expand opportunities to all Bobcats. The application is simple: Biographical information and a 500-word essay. 

Food, transportation, gear and instructors are included on all trips. After registering for a trip, information packets will be emailed to you to help you prepare for your New Adventures trip.

See our list of New Adventures FAQs [PDF].

Boundary Waters Canoe Expedition

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is one of the few remaining unspoiled wilderness areas in the United States, covering over 1 million acres between northern Minnesota and southern Canada.

This trip begins with half-day orientation at Ohio University and then hits the road to travel to the Boundary Waters. During the seven-day expedition, participants will travel by canoe, portage between lakes, and camp at isolated campsites. Late summer sunsets will highlight daily discussions about wilderness skills, the day’s events, and campus life. Participants will travel in groups of nine, consisting of seven peers and two Ohio University trip leaders. After the road trip back to Athens, the trip leaders and crew members all help each other move into their residence halls- parents are welcome to come to campus to pitch in, too!

No prior canoeing or camping experience is necessary. 


Sun-setting on the Boundary Waters

Refund Policy

Due to the intensive planning and various expenses associated with New Adventures, no refunds will be given for cancellations made within 30 days of the trip date.