For the safety of all participants involved, students and faculty alike, all off-campus programs require that participants be current on all vaccinations. There are no exceptions granted, and no waivers allowed for August Wilderness. If you have not had vaccinations, you will need to start.
All of our student instructors have been hired based on criteria of leadership (backcountry and frontcountry), experience, judgment, character and completion of instructor trainings. Instructors will have completed Outdoor Trip Leadership, the Advanced Field Practicum, and a Wilderness First Responder course (facilitated by SOLO Wilderness Medicine School, a leader in wilderness medicine education), in addition to other supplementary backcountry experiences and trainings.
While faculty instructors are not required to have WFR training, many are certified and have other life experiences that contribute to their judgment in safety-related situations. Additionally, all instructor teams carry emergency communication devices that allow them to reach out-of-field emergency contacts and emergency services in the area. (These devices cannot be used to put parents in contact with their child during the trip.)