August 12-17, 2022
There is no better way to enter your college experience at Wake Forest University than Wilderness to Wake! This Pre-Orientation program offers a 5-day adventure including activities such as backpacking, rock climbing, caving, biking and whitewater rafting.
You will explore gorgeous backcountry areas, develop leadership skills, and gain confidence as you begin your Wake Forest experience. Expect to build lasting relationships with other incoming Freshmen, and gain early insight into Wake Forest life from your highly-trained student leaders. Don’t miss out on the adventure of a lifetime – join Outdoor Pursuits for Wilderness to Wake!
Wilderness to Wake has two paths: W2W Base Camp is focused around a day trip adventures that return each evening to a “front country” campsite, which will have plumbing facilities accessible. W2W Expedition is focused on a traditional “backcountry” experience, where signs of civilization are few and the challenges are high as you travel through rugged terrain. Both paths of the Wilderness to Wake program engage in evening programs and discussions developed to aid in the transition to Wake Forest University.
Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Please contact Meghan Belanger (email@example.com) for more information.
Wilderness to Wake
Wilderness to Wake Interest Form
If you are interested in staying up to date on Wilderness to Wake announcements or have questions about the program, please click here to access our interest form.
Outdoor Pursuits Medical Form
Please click here to access the medical information form to be submitted with your application.
For Accepted Students
For Accepted Applicants:
Check your WFU email for updated information regarding w2w, including payment deadlines and packing lists.
- Click here to access your general packing list
Wilderness to Wake FAQs
What is included in the trip cost?
The trip cost includes guides, transportation, group gear, food, lodging, activities, and early move-in.
What if I have a dietary restriction?
Any dietary restrictions should be indicated on your medical form. Our staff will review the medical forms and plan trip menus accordingly. Feel free to email us with any concerns.
Who are the trip leaders?
Your trip leader will be an Outdoor Pursuits staff member. Our staff are Wilderness First Aid/CPR certified and have extensive training and backcountry experience. These trip leaders can also serve as mentors throughout your time at Wake Forest.
What paperwork will I need for my son or daughter?
You will need to print complete a Medical Form and a Liability Release form. These will be sent to your Wake Forest Gmail account after you have been accepted into the program.
Can my son or daughter choose their trip and activities?
The great news is we can guarantee an action-packed, wholesome, significant educational experience regardless of location or activity. Trips and activities are subject to change due to weather and trail closures.
Will my son or daughter have the ability to move into their residence hall before the program?
Yes! This is one of the many benefits of our program. Parents generally help their son or daughter move to campus the day before our trips go out. This year, that day will be Friday, August 12th. This is the earliest they will be allowed into their residence hall.
If we help our child move in on August 17th, are we still expected to return to campus for other orientations?
Parents are encouraged to return to campus to attend Parent Orientation on Wednesday, August 17th.
What can we expect Friday, August 12th?
You will move into your residence hall on Friday afternoon. Friday evening you will meet your trip leaders and other participants.
Can anyone participate regardless of experience level?
Yes! There is no experience required to participate. It is, however, encouraged that each participant is healthy and active. Furthermore, a great attitude and a willingness to experience new things is a must.