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2017 Odyssey Programs

Register for an Odyssey program Before It Fills Up

Register now for Davidson’s Backcountry and Basecamp Odyssey programs for first-year students. You can also register for the Service Odyssey. Spaces are limited and filling up fast. View the number of spaces available in each Odyssey session (updated weekly, so may not reflect actual spaces available), and register as soon as possible.

Join us for any of our Odyssey programs, and experience Davidson in a truly unique way–through community, personal responsibility, and service. You will make new friends, learn about life at Davidson, and discover your classmates' diverse interests and talents.

We offer three Odyssey programs: Backcountry, Basecamp, and Service Odyssey, and financial aid is available to students who qualify.

Backcountry and BasecampBackcountry Odyssey

The Backcountry Odyssey includes backpacking, canoeing, mountain biking, climbing and service. Upperclass trip leaders teach basic skills to you and your new classmates–your "crew"–as you work together to build relationships and share significant and challenging experiences.

The Basecamp Odyssey is less physically demanding than Backcountry while still offering plenty of adventures and activities with your classmates, such as day hikes, games, raft trips and group initiatives. Participants return to their tents in the same campground each night with access to bathroom and shower facilities.

Program Dates

  • Session I: Tues., July 18-Sat., July 22 (activity specific) – $200
  • Session II: Sat., July 29-Wed., Aug. 2 (activity specific) – $200
  • Session III International/STRIDE: Wed., Aug. 9-Sun., Aug.13 – $200
  • Session III: Wed., Aug. 9-Wed., Aug. 16 - $325


Service OdysseyThe Service Odyssey is an immersive service experience that reflects and enriches Davidson's commitment to develop the spirit of service within each student. The program is designed to build relationships among participants, increase social awareness and challenge individuals to work constructively within a group.

Program Dates

  • Session I: Sun., July 9-Sat., July 15 – $200
  • Session II: Sun., July 23-Sat., July 29 – $200
  • Session III International/STRIDE: Wed., Aug. 9-Sun., Aug. 13 - $150
  • Session III: Wed., Aug. 9-Wed., Aug. 16 – $200