You might be an avid outdoor enthusiast. Or, you might not have any wilderness experience at all. Outdoor Orientation is a perfect fit either way—if you’re ready for personal growth and adventure using the wilderness as your classroom.
Start with adventure.
The Montreat College Freshman Outdoor Orientation Trip (MCFOOT) is an outdoor adventure program that allows incoming freshmen to build relationships with fellow classmates as you hike, climb, and camp in the beautiful wilderness of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. You’ll spend time focusing on your relationship with God, others, yourself, and your natural surroundings as you journey in His creation. Our experienced instructors are committed to providing an exciting learning environment, and all leaders are trained in technical skills, wilderness first aid, and group development. Join us, and you can start off your college experience with world-class outdoor activities, push yourself to learn the true meaning of character, and have a great time!
All the details
To participate in MCFOOT, you’ll arrive on campus earlier than other new students. You’ll also participate in the traditional Welcome Week Orientation. MCFOOT runs from August 11-15. Welcome Week will begin on August 16. *While MCFOOT gives priority to incoming freshmen, transfer students may apply in case available spaces remain.
The MCFOOT program costs $500. This includes group equipment, permits, food, transportation during the program, and lodging on campus the night before student check-in. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required by July 1 to reserve a spot.
*The deadline for registration has passed, but we still have a couple of open spots! Please contact Austin Jones as soon as possible if you want to secure one of the last available spots.
Submit your $100 non-refundable deposit, application, and forms to Austin Jones or Jane Carter at:
Montreat, NC 28757
828.669.8012, ext. 3538
Application form (PDF) »
College medical form (PDF) »
Assumption of Risk form (PDF) »
MCFOOT students can waive one Physical Education credit due to their participation in the program–another great reason to sign up!
Important Note on Risk
McFOOT is a physically challenging course, but possible for participants in average physical condition. Challenge and risk are part of the teaching methodologies of the program, and although managed to provide as much safety as possible, all risks cannot be removed.