Thu, May 12 | Virginia & N. Carolina AT Section

May Trip Backpacking Expedition

May Trip Backpacking Expedition

When & Where

May 12, 2022, 8:00 AM – May 20, 2022, 5:00 PM
Virginia & N. Carolina AT Section, Lewisburg, PA 17837, USA

About the Experience


This training focuses on how to properly plan, prepare for and facilitate a sucessful multi-day/night backpacking field based experience. This training will explore beyond the Pennslyvania state border and travel through terrain which is not typically utilized during our regular academic year schedule. 

Topics discussed and practiced include:

  • Expedition behavior. 
  • Backcountry experience planning & preparation. 
  • Equipment selection & use. 
  • Initatives & group activities. 
  • Backcountry navigation. 
  • Pacing, group facilitation and dynamics. 
  • Establishing a backcountry camp & kitchen. 
  • Backcountry cooking skills. 
  • Personal hygiene during extended backcountry experiences. 
  • Fostering a welcoming, inclusive community. 


Pre Trip: OEL Basecamp on Campus. 

Field Session: Traversing an extended section of the Appalacian Trail (AT) in Virginia and North Carolina. 


Pre Trip: Wednesday, 4/27/2022 @ 8:00 PM (tentative)

Field Session: 5/12/2022 - 5/20/2022 (exact schedule To Be Determined)

What's Provided?

  • OEL Rental Center equipment/clothing. 
  • Transportation during field session. 
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks for field session. 


This training is complimentary (FREE / NO COST) for Bucknell OEL Student Leaders.

Registration Information

This training is open enrollment to all current FIRST YEAR Bucknell OEL Student Leaders although capacity is limited and registrations are accepted on a first come first serve basis. If capacity allows, SECOND, THIRD and/or Fourth YEAR leaders may participate. A Bucknell ID is required at the time of registration. 

Cancellations & No Shows

Complimentary (FREE) OEL Trainings provided to Bucknell OEL Student Leaders have limited capacity. If a Student Leader signs up and doesn’t show for the program, it’s disruptive for everyone involved and takes away from the experience for other students. Further, this can negatively impact a Student Leader's ability to continue in this roll on future trips and outings.

We understand that things come up and life happens. We get it. We simply ask that you notify us at least 14 days in advance of a Training and let us know of your cancellation and why. You can do this by going back to our Portal and clicking on the “CONTACT” link in the upper right of the screen.

Failure to contact us of your cancellation is noted by the OEL Admin Team. This may lead to your dismissal as a student leader from the OEL program.