Akron Adventures FAQs

Who participates in Akron Adventures?

Akron Adventures is open to all incoming first-year students on a first come, first serve basis. On your trip, you will be joined by other first-year students as well as upper-class student facilitators and professional staff members from the Office of New Student Orientation and other offices on campus.

Is Transportation Provided?

Students participating in the Akron Adventures trips will meet at The University of Akron campus and depart to the Adventures site as a group. Directions to the meeting point on campus and a campus parking permit will be sent with your confirmation materials after you register for your Adventure. 

How many students can participate?

Each Akron Adventures trip is designed to accommodate up to 16 new students and up to 6 professional staff and student facilitators. 

How much does it cost?

Both the River Rafting Adventure trip and the Zipline Canopy Tour cost $129. These costs include all transportation, overnight accommodations, most meals, and all activities while at camp. 

How do I choose a trip?

Each trip provides the same opportunity to bond with other incoming students, learn new skills, and to be challenged. The difference is where you go and the activities you do. So, read about the trips and choose the one that sounds most interesting to you.

How do I register and pay for the program?

Register for your trip by downloading the Akron Adventures Registration materials from the Akron Adventures website at www.uakron.edu/nso/adventures.php and mail them to the Office of New Student Orientation at the address listed on the registration form. Registration for Akron Adventures begins on March 12, 2012, and trips fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Do I need special equipment?

Most specialized camping equipment—like tents, kayaks, climbing gear, life vests, and rafts are provided by The University of Akron or affiliated outfitters. You are responsible for bringing personal items like clothing and proper footwear. Please see the sample packing list provided in your trip confirmation materials for more details about equipment. For the Akron Virtual Adventure, computer and connection specifications will be sent after registration so you can make sure you will be able to participate fully. 

The Akron Adventures programs are designed to challenge all participants at their own level. Beginners will receive basic instruction for each activity and more experienced campers will also have the opportunity to challenge their comfort zones. All students will learn how to cooperate as a group in an outdoor setting. 

Do I need previous camping experience?

The Akron Adventures programs are designed to challenge all participants at their own level. Beginners will receive basic instruction for each activity and more experienced campers will also have the opportunity to challenge their comfort zones. All students will learn how to cooperate as a group in an outdoor setting. 

Are these trips safe?

Like all physical activities, the Akron Adventure trips can present a risk. The University of Akron aims to minimize that risk by using only trained and certified professionals to facilitate activities. Emergency protocols are in place and will be followed when necessary. 

Where and when do I check in for my trip?

A few weeks before the scheduled departure date for your trip you will receive a packet in the mail with updates about your trip and specifics about where to meet the group on campus. 

What if I live outside the Akron area and need to arrive the night before my Akron Adventures trip? Where can I stay in Akron?

Participants may stay overnight in a residence hall room on campus. To reserve a room, please contact Nino Colla at ncolla@uakron.edu or 330-972-2145. 

If I’m driving to Akron for my trip, where can I park my car?

For those driving to campus, parking is available on campus. You will receive a temporary parking permit in your Akron Adventures Trip Confirmation Packet that will be mailed to you about two weeks before your trip departs. 

Should I bring a cell phone on the trip?

While you are permitted to bring a cell phone, we will ask you to turn off the phone during the day while participating in camp activities. You should also note that in some remote areas of our camping locations, cell phone service is not available.