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Sample Schedule

Saturday August 23

10:00 am – 12:30 pm Check-in at the Wohlsen Center

10:00 am – 2:30 pm Participants move in to their permanent residence halls for their first year at F&M, free time, lunch on their own

2:30 – 4:00 pm Convocation for FOOT participants and parents in The Green Room Theater. Move to Barshinger to combine with PIT.

4:00 – 4:30 pm Parents and FOOT participants to the Wohlsen Center for further introductions and good-bye to parents

4:30 – 5:30 pm FOOT Begins: Basic Wilderness First Aid course with F&M Student EMTs

5:45-6:45 pm Dinner

6:45-7:30 pm Activities

7:30 pm Walk downtown for ice cream

~9:30 pm Back to Room


Sunday August 24

8:00 am Meet at the Wohlsen Center with all the gear that you'll think you'll need

8:00 -- 8:30 am Breakfast

9:00 -- 11:30 am Packing, discussions, briefing on route

11:30 am – 1:30 pm Drive to Pine Grove Forest State Park (1100 Pine Grove Rd, Gardners, PA 17324), lunch on the road

2:00 pm HIT THE TRAIL, hike 3.4 miles to Tom’s Run Shelter

? – 5:00 pm Games, relaxing in camp, stretching

5:00 – 6:00 pm Make dinner

9:30 pm Debrief of the day, bed


Monday August 25

6:30 – 7:30 am Wake up, have breakfast, pack up camp

8:00 am Hit the trail 13.7 miles to Quarry Gap Shelter

5:00 – 6:00 pm Make dinner, relax, stretching, games

9:30 Debrief of the day, bed


Tuesday August 26

6:30 – 7:30 am Wake up, have breakfast, pack up camp

8:00 am Hit the trail 12.2 miles to Tumbling Run Shelter

5:00 – 6:00 pm Make dinner, relax, stretching, games

9:30 Debrief of the day, bed


Wednesday August 27

6:30 – 7:30 am Wake up, have breakfast, pack up camp

8:00 am Hike 8 miles to Pen Mar Park (Cascade, Highfield-Cascade, MD 21719)

1:00 pm (at the latest) Meet up with van & drive back to F&M, stop on the way for late lunch/dinner/caloric reward for all of our hard work!

4:00 pm (at the latest) back to F&M, shower

5:00 pm Celebration Dinner!


Thursday August 28

First-Year Orientation Begins