Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates and how much does it cost?

August 1 - August 20, 2015. The cost ($1,850) covers tuition, food, transportation, all group equipment, and instruction. Three credits are earned (CIL 110) toward overall graduation requirements (however, no general education/distribution requirements are met).

What happens on Arrival Day?

Registration takes place on Saturday, August 1, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. EDT (New York Time). Students will have time to place items in storage at that time. An opening ceremony in the campus Meetinghouse commences at 11:30 a.m. that parents and friends are welcome to attend. Students are "on course" at lunch-time (approximately 12 noon).

My son/daughter needs to fly to Indiana — how does that work?

We will offer a shuttle service to campus from the Dayton airport only. Shuttle times vary but are typically run from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday. We do not recommend flying in on arrival day due to the risk of a flight cancellation prohibiting a student from making the trip. We have a special group rate at the Quaker Hill Conference Center (765/962-5741) for students arriving on Friday and will shuttle them to campus on Saturday for Arrival Day.

What kind of financial aid is available?

We offer need-based scholarships to all qualified students. The award is calculated through the financial aid office and, at its maximum, can account for a 50% reduction in program tuition. The deadline for financial aid is June 1 each year. Award announcements will be mailed out approximately 2 weeks after the deadline. Scholarships do not affect a students' financial package from the College.

How long are we really in the woods and how do we bathe?

The 20-day program breaks down to approximately three travel days to and from the activity site, two logistics days at the beginning and end, and 13 days on trail. Usually, students take showers at the conclusion of the program. During the 13-day wilderness component, "bird baths" in lakes and streams keep you reasonably clean (you really don't notice it while in the backcountry).

Do we bring all our school items with us?

You can. Students will have the opportunity to store a reasonable amount of their belongings upon arrival. The program will end on the day before New Student Week begins (Friday) and students will have time to retrieve their items, move into their dorm rooms, and settle in the day before the other new students arrive.

What is the schedule when students return?

Students will return to Indiana on the evening of August 19 and will camp on a farm near campus. The following morning (Thurs., Aug. 20) students will arrive back on campus and will complete a gear clean-up and program wrap-up. A final closing ceremony will be held at approximately 11:30 am on the Heart at the center of campus (family and friends are invited).

What are the payment, cancellation and refund policies?

The bill for the program charges (minus deposit and scholarship awards) will be mailed out in July/August as part of your Earlham monthly statement. Trip cancellations must be received in writing to the August Wilderness office. There will be NO REFUNDS for the course fee after July 1 each year. Deposits are non-refundable after June 1st each year.

What kind of equipment do I need?

All common group gear (backpacks, cooking equipment, tents, sleeping bags, etc.) is provided by the program. Students need only provide their own clothing and personal camping supplies (MTN equipment, WTR equipment).

Should my son/daughter take his/her cell phone?

We ask that students not take cell phones with them for several reasons. First, since not every student will have one, they can be exclusive. Second, they will not work in most of the areas we will be traveling through. Finally, staff members will have satellite phones with them in the case of emergency.

Is this program for experienced folks and people in good shape only?

Absolutely not! In fact the vast majority of students who participate in August Wilderness have little to no experience on a trip of this type. We design the route and activities to ensure that everyone can feel successful on the program.

How do I ensure a spot on the course of my choice?

Applications are received on a rolling basis. Positions are filled first-come, first-served so the earlier you turn in your application and deposit the better the chance of being placed on your first choice program. Occasionally, students are wait-listed on their first choice and placed on their second choice. While every effort is made to place students, heavy enrollment can leave late applicants without a position on either program.

How do we get to the course areas?

Groups on all courses will travel by 12-passenger van to course areas. We will use the travel time to get to know each other and experience the subtle changes in terrain and vegetation while camping at state parks along the way.

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