Typically, yes, but it depends. We’re committed to ensuring that cost is not a barrier for anyone who wants to participate. FYJ’s are a significant investment from the University, both in terms of leadership, equipment and overhead, but also in making the trips happen. Accommodations, food, outfitters, supplies and transportation all cost money. Our goal is to provide equitable opportunities for all students to participate in FYJ, while still having the program remain financially sustainable.
As an optional pre-orientation program, FYJ’s are not part of student tuition, and paid for separately. They’re like the most awesome appetizer imaginable for your college experience. For 2023, each student’s trip fee will be determined by their financial aid package, FASFA and Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). Students will automatically be considered for a full or partial fee waiver based on their financial situation. Trip fees for FYJ will range from $495 to $0 for the week, which includes all accommodations, travel, food, equipment rentals and activity costs. In 2022, 52% of FYJ participants received a partial or full fee waiver, with 15 students attending for zero cost. Each applicant will receive their FYJ trip fee information with trip assignments on July 15th. Additional resources for financial support will be available at that time.
Designed to introduce adventurers to new experiences. If you do not want to sweat a whole lot, this is the trip for you! These trips typically include less than 4 miles of walking or hiking (which is around the equivalent of walking to and from the Brockton apartments to Ann Peppers twice), physical activity duration under 4 hours, and walking with less than 500 ft of elevation change. You don’t need any previous experience to thoroughly enjoy yourself on these trips.
Designed for the novice adventurer looking to learn more about the outdoors, so you’ll probably break a sweat a few times. Active trips may include hiking 3-6 miles, 4-7 hours activity duration, and/or elevation change of 500-1000 ft. No experience needed on these trips, but a basic level of fitness will help to make these trips more enjoyable. These trips will ease you out of your comfort zone and teach you some of the essentials (including that everyone sweats).
Designed for the seasoned explorers as well as the daring novice. You may approach “Did I to spill water all over myself or is that sweat?” territory here. Adventurous trips may include hiking 7-10 miles per day, 8-10 hours of activity duration, and/or 1000-2000 feet of elevation change. Participants on these trips will experience physical challenges with high levels of exertion.
Designed to challenge seasoned explorers, these trips will push you physically and mentally. These trips may include more than 10 miles of hiking per day, often for more than 10 hours, often with more than 2000 feet of elevation change. To promote safety for all participants and staff, confidence in your physical fitness is encouraged.
We’ve developed three experience types and a rating system to help folks understand exactly what they’re getting in to, as well as trip descriptions and sample itineraries for each FYJ trip.
Front Country Experience FYJ's focus primarily the many outdoor opportunities within a day's drive from campus. Front Country Experience FYJ's introduce students to skills such as camping, hiking, teamwork, and caring for the environment. Front Country means that you will often times have access to restrooms, running water, and will be camping near basic facilities. You will be participating in activities based around your campground. All Front Country Experience FYJ's practice Leave No Trace principles.
In addition to connecting with your classmates, these trips are a great way to introduce yourself to opportunities throughout the Southwest. No previous experience is necessary to attend a Front Country Experience FYJ.
Wilderness Experience FYJ's offer students the opportunity to spend multiple nights in the backcountry. Students will work together as a team to backpack into a wilderness setting where they will set up camp away from many front country facilities. This empowering experience offers opportunities to learn new skills, visit remote and peaceful locations, and be a part of a wilderness team!
There is no experience required for backcountry FYJ's. Gear such as backpacks, sleeping bags, etc. are available to borrow. These trips typically offer more physically challenging hikes!
Culture and Service experience Experience FYJ’s emphasize engagement and adventure beyond the scope of “outdoor recreation.” These trips will have off-campus and on-campus components, with more standard amenities including beds, showers and bathrooms. These trips will still have adventure and physical exertion, which may entail long days on your feet, travel to new places and opportunities for new experiences.
If camping is not your thing, but you’d like to embark on an adventure and build a new community, check out our Culture and Service FYJ’s.