Dawg Camp Adventure

Sign-up for Dawg Camp Adventure to explore the great outdoors, explore UGAs campus, and build a strong community!

Dawg Camp Adventure

As a wilderness-oriented program, participants enjoy camping, hiking, canoeing, and forming bonds with one another that will enhance their first-year experience at UGA. Open to any experience level, participants enjoy a truly unique experience to kick-off their UGA journey.

Adventure seeks to provide students the opportunity to explore the great outdoors, explore campus, and build a strong community!


Includes 5 nights and 6 days of lodging, most meals, activities, and transportation during camp. Program supplies and staffing are also included in this price.

Sample Schedule

Students will check-in around noon in Athens, GA. Students will have lunch with their Namesake (a faculty or staff member who will answer questions and give them pro-tips for college), participate in team-building activities at the UGA Challenge Ropes Course, and have dinner at a local Athens restaurant. Students will stay overnight in one of the UGA residence halls

After a morning pre-trip meeting, students will pack group camp using supplies and depart for “base-camp” in North Carolina. Upon arrival, students will be divided into two groups. One group will participate in day hikes throughout Joyce Kilmer Wilderness while the other group will embark on a two day canoeing trip. Both groups will meet back up on Thursday night to spend a night back at “base-camp.”

The two groups will switch itineraries (hiking group will embark on canoeing and viceversa). The groups will meet up for a joint meal at “base-camp” on Saturday evening.

Students will pack up “base-camp” and travel to the nearby Nantahala River in North Carolina for whitewater rafting. After which students will stop for lunch on the way back to Athens. Upon arrival students will unpack group supplies and have a wrap-up discussion at Ramsey Student Center. Plan to depart from Dawg Camp by approximately 6:30pm.

Quick FAQs

Exploring the wilderness doesn’t require much experience; however,  participants should be prepared for outdoor excursions. On this program you will hike 4-11 miles or paddle a canoe 2-3 miles in wilderness environments. Knowing this going into the program can be helpful as your pack and prepare! 

This packing list is an example of what you can expect to bring to Dawg Camp Adventure, a more detailed list will be provided closer to your departure

DCA will provide all necessary group gear and can provide a sleeping bag, backpack, and sleeping pad if requested.

With the exception of getting a good pair of hiking boots and a quality rain jacket, you should not need to spend a lot of money on new gear for this trip! 

  • 1 pair water sandals (Chaco, Keen, Teva, or budget-friendly options at Walmart/Target)
  • 1 pair lightweight closed-toe shoes for camp (old tennis shoes, Sanuk-style shoes, or hard-sole slippers)
  • 1 pair hiking boots or good lace-up athletic shoes
  • 2-3 pairs non-cotton crew-length socks
  • 2 pairs quick-drying shorts
  • 1 pair long quick-drying pants (no jeans; athletic or yoga pants work)
  • 2 quick-drying (non-cotton) short-sleeve shirts
  • 2 quick-drying (non-cotton) long sleeve shirts
  • 1 waterproof rain jacket & pants (must be waterproof, not just water-resistant)


Need a parking pass? Don’t worry! A Dawg Camp Adventure  trip leader will reach out to you a few weeks prior to the trip and ask if you need one.

A 50% refund will be given to those who request it at least THREE weeks prior to the start of their original Dawg Camp programNo refunds will be given for cancellations made after the registration deadline as program materials have already been purchased and reservations have been solidified. 

Access provided for people with disabilities. Please contact Victoria Redmon, Assistant Director of Student Transitions, via email vr29311@uga.edu by December 22, 2023 for specific requests.

If you plan to request accommodations for a disability, please register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC).  The DRC can be reached by visiting Clark Howell Hall, by calling 706-542-8719 (voice) or 706-542-8778 (TTY), or by visiting http://drc.uga.edu