Recreation and Wellness Center

The Outdoor Adventure Trips Program provides students an opportunity to enhance their experience at UCF by providing fun and enriching outdoor experiences. From 1-day excursions to week-long expeditions, Outdoor Adventures offers a variety of trips for students to choose from.

Even if you're new to the outdoors, the Trips Program has something for you. Experience the beauty of the Florida wilderness or travel to must-see destinations across the country; all while making new friendships and learning new skills. So if you're ready to rise with the sun, step out of your comfort zone and have an adventure you'll remember for a lifetime, sign up for a trip today!

HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Registration is *only* in person on a first-come, first-served basis at the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) during our open hours. To register, you must have a valid UCF ID. You can only register yourself. No online, phone, or email registrations are accepted. There is no way to "hold a spot" for any trips. There are no refunds.
Please see the Trips Policies for more information.

MANDATORY PRE-TRIP MEETINGS
All trip participants are REQUIRED to attend the scheduled pre-trip meeting for each trip they are registered for. The information presented and group development that occurs during the pre-trip meeting is important to the safety and success of the trip. Failure to attend the pre-trip meeting(s) will result in forfeiture of your spot on the trip and your payment for the trip.

All pre-trip meetings will be held at 8:00 PM in the Outdoor Adventure Center on the scheduled dates listed with each trip. Any differences or variations will be communicated to registered trip participants by the trip leader.

LOCATION
The OAC is room 154, located on the first floor of the Recreation and Wellness Center, just past the racquetball courts, down the long hallway, across from the RWC Wet Classroom and Men's locker room entrance to the lap pool.

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Kayaking Day Trip @ Silver Springs, FL

Saturday, May 25th, 2019 – Saturday, May 25th, 2019

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Summer 2019. OR If you are a student, but aren't enrolled in summer classes, you must purchase a summer membership for the RWC.
Sign-Up Period April 23rd, 2019 – May 21st, 2019
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Take advantage of one of Florida's most popular destinations, this weekend we will be spending time on the water fed by some of our natural springs. The main spring is surrounded by serene gardens and historic structures reminiscent of the days when Silver Springs was a major destination for northerners arriving by steamship. Students will have the opportunity to see some of Florida's natural beauty.

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Bioluminescent Night Paddle @ Indian River, Titusville, FL

Friday, July 5th, 2019 – Friday, July 5th, 2019

Cost $10
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Summer 2019. OR If you are a student, but aren't enrolled in summer classes, you must purchase a summer membership for the RWC.
Sign-Up Period June 4th, 2019 – July 2nd, 2019
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

**Must be finished classes by 5:00 PM on Friday, July 5th.**

Join OA for one of our favorite trips that we offer! During the warm summer months the waters of Florida's Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon come alive with single-celled microorganisms called dinoflagellates. Every movement in the water produces light which is known as bioluminescence!

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Bioluminescent Night Paddle @ Indian River, Titusville, FL

Saturday, July 6th, 2019 – Saturday, July 6th, 2019

Cost $10
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Summer 2019. OR If you are a student, but aren't enrolled in summer classes, you must purchase a summer membership for the RWC.
Sign-Up Period June 4th, 2019 – July 2nd, 2019
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Join OA for one of our favorite trips that we offer! During the warm summer months the waters of Florida's Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon come alive with single-celled microorganisms called dinoflagellates. Every movement in the water produces light which is known as bioluminescence!

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First Year Student Bioluminescent Night Paddle @ Indian River, Titusville, FL

Sunday, July 7th, 2019 – Sunday, July 7th, 2019

Cost $10
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Summer 2019. OR If you are a student, but aren't enrolled in summer classes, you must purchase a summer membership for the RWC.
Sign-Up Period June 4th, 2019 – July 2nd, 2019
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Join OA and your fellow new Knights for one of our favorite trips that we offer! During the warm summer months the waters of Florida's Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon come alive with single-celled microorganisms called dinoflagellates. Every movement in the water produces light which is known as bioluminescence!

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Caving, Whitewater Rafting, and Hiking @ Fackler, AL

Thursday, July 18th, 2019 – Sunday, July 21st, 2019

Cost $55
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, tent lodging, meals, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Summer 2019. OR If you are a student, but aren't enrolled in summer classes, you must purchase a summer membership for the RWC.
Sign-Up Period June 18th, 2019 – July 9th, 2019
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

**Cannot have Thursday or Friday classes**

**Participants will pay $45 to register for the trip and must provide $10 in cash for the cave entrance fee**

Tumbling Rock Cave is one of Alabama’s finest caves. With over six miles of surveyed passage, it offers beginning and experienced cavers alike a true wild cave experience.

We will be rafting on the Ocoee River in Tennessee with continuous exciting rapids and big, splashy water. Many rafters consider the Ocoee’s intensity and difficulty “just right,” providing compelling river action but never becoming extreme. Highlights of the run—and there are many—include huge waves at Double Trouble, fast, frenzied currents at Tablesaw and the boat-drenching punch through Hell Hole rapid.

Take the opportunity to explore and experience both of these natural wonders and top it all off with some hiking with beautiful views and magnificent waterfalls near the Ocoee!

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Ichnetucknee Springs Tubing and Camping @ Fort White, FL

Friday, July 26th, 2019 – Sunday, July 28th, 2019

Cost $30
Capacity 10
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, tent lodging, meals, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Summer 2019. OR If you are a student, but aren't enrolled in summer classes, you must purchase a summer membership for the RWC.
Sign-Up Period June 27th, 2019 – July 23rd, 2019
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

**Cannot have Friday classes**

Enjoy a relaxing weekend floating in the water of Ichnetucknee Springs and exploring the surrounding area on this new trip being offered this summer. We will tube, camp, and explore over the weekend while enjoying Florida's natural beauty and the company of fellow Knights.

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Norway Backpacking Expedition @ Lofoten Islands, Norway

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 – Friday, August 16th, 2019

Cost $575
Capacity 8
Includes OA will provide all necessary group gear, meals, transportation while in Lofoten, and all lodging fees. Participants are responsible for airfare and personal clothing, including hiking boots.
Sign-Up Period August 1st, 2019 – August 1st, 2019

Location
The Lofoten Islands are an archipelago located off the coast of Northern Norway, at 68° North and firmly within the Arctic Circle.

Weather
Although located in the Arctic Circle, the Gulf Stream keeps Lofoten relatively warm in the summer. Expect mid-70°F in during the day, and mid-50°F at night. The weather can change rapidly; be prepared for cold rain and high winds.

Travel
Participants are responsible for their roundtrip airfare to Bodo, Norway. We suggest flying from Orlando to Oslo, Norway, and then getting a connecting flight to Bodo, Norway. Once you are selected for the trip, the trip leaders will help organize your airfare. Bodo is the closest mainland city to the southern end of the Lofoten Islands, and will be where the group officially meets up. From there, we will take a ferry to Moskenses in the Lofoten Islands and start our adventure. We will take ferries and buses throughout that region of Lofoten, all of which are included in your trip price.

Trip Expectations
This is not a luxury trip - we will be primarily in the backcountry and without access to modern amenities. We will be backpacking across the southern part of the archipelago, summiting multiple peaks, and camping on untouched Arctic Ocean beaches. Expect difficult hikes, breathtaking views, and intentional conversations about outdoor leadership.

Participant Expectations
We are looking for individuals who are interested in exploring rugged mountain terrain. Participants must be physically active and capable of hiking multiple miles while carrying 40-50 lbs. This is more than just an adventure trip - we will also be learning about the staples of outdoor leadership through experiential education. We expect all participants to be interested in learning more about themselves and their leadership abilities.

Application & Registration
To be eligible for the trip, you must:
1. Complete your Release of Liability Waiver and Trip Policy Form
2. Complete the Health Form and have the Clearance Form filled out by your doctor (schedule a free physical at Student Health Services)
3. Complete the Google Form application: bit.ly/NorwayApp
4. Turn in all paperwork to the OAC.

We will schedule an individual interview after we receive all of your materials and invite people to register once the group is determined. This is not a first-come, first-served trip.

Email Katherine Rocco (katherine.rocco@ucf.edu) for more information.













Assumption of Risk Statement

Participation in Recreation and Wellness Center programs is completely voluntary. Individuals participate at their own risk and assume responsibility for their own health and safety. The University of Central Florida and the Recreation and Wellness Center are not liable for injuries sustained during participation in a Recreation and Wellness Center sponsored activity. It is strongly recommended that all participants consult a physician and/or have a physical exam prior to participation. The University of Central Florida does not provide personal accident/health insurance. Therefore, participants are urged to secure their own insurance. You may suffer physical and/or mental injury from participating in these activities.