Every Odyssey trip is unique, but this gives you an idea of the itinerary based on past years' activities.

First Day of the Session

8:30 a.m.
Check-in opens at the Alvarez College Union

10:30 a.m.
Welcome to Odyssey gathering

11:30 a.m. to Evening
Lunch, packing, games and challenge course activities in your assigned crews

Overnight
Dinner and camping at Davidson's Lake Campus

8-day Outdoor Odyssey Activities

Our eight-day Odyssey includes three days of backpacking, two days of whitewater canoeing, and a day to explore other fun outdoor activities in western North Carolina. 

Backpacking

Morning

You will wake up early to help prepare breakfast and complete camp tasks. After breakfast, you'll pack up camp and get on the trail to your next destination. Playing trail games and having conversation along the way will help you get to know your crew.

Afternoon

Your crew will often take breaks for lunch, snack, water or to just take in the views along the trail. When you arrive to camp you and your crew will be involved in setting up camp for the evening as a team.

Evening

You'll help with evening camp tasks, which may include anything from cooking dinner, setting up the tarp or starting a fire. Spare time could be spent playing games or just hanging out with your crew. Each evening your trip leaders will lead you in a debrief of the day to help you reflect on all you've learned. 

Whitewater Paddling

Morning

You'll be up early to help break down camp, cook breakfast and get the boats ready to move down the river to your next destination. After breakfast, you'll depart the last night's camp to travel down river, improving your paddling ability and getting to know your crew. 

Afternoon

After lunch on the river, you'll encounter progressively more challenging rapids that you and your crew will take on as a team. There may also be opportunities for swimming and riverside hang outs. 

Evening

You'll help with evening camp tasks, such as setting up tents, cooking dinner as a team, organizing the paddling gear and more. You might play games, star gaze or just hang out with your crew. Each evening your trip leaders will lead you in a debrief of the day to help you reflect on all you've learned. 

3-day Outdoor Odyssey Activities

Challenge Course

Morning

You will wake up early to help prepare breakfast and complete camp tasks. After breakfast, you'll make your way to the Davidson College Challenge Course. Everyone will be involved as your group learns how to support each other as you take on the elements of the course. You'll learn how to belay and each have a chance to climb on the course. 

Afternoon

Your crew will often take breaks for lunch, snack, water or to just for riddles and jokes. You'll wrap up at the challenge course and head to a campsite for the evening.

Evening

You'll help with evening camp tasks, which may include anything from cooking dinner, setting up the tarp or starting a fire. Spare time could be spent playing games or just hanging out with your crew. Each evening your trip leaders will lead you in a debrief of the day to help you reflect on all you've learned. 

Lake Paddling

Morning

You'll be up early to help break down camp, cook breakfast and get the boats ready to paddle. After breakfast, you'll begin paddling. Some groups have made it all the way to Lake Campus, but your group may choose your own adventure. 

Afternoon

You'll eat lunch on an island or in your boats and complete your journey whether that's back to where you started or a destination somewhere across Lake Norman.  There may also be opportunities for swimming.

Evening

You'll help with evening camp tasks, such as setting up tents, cooking dinner as a team, organizing the paddling gear and more. You might play games, star gaze or just hang out with your crew. Each evening your trip leaders will lead you in a debrief of the day to help you reflect on all you've learned. 

Last Night of the Session

Travel back to Davidson's Lake Campus, set up camp, take showers, and eat dinner the Davidson community, then get a good night's rest before the last day.

Last Day of the Session

Your group eats breakfast, then returns to Davidson Outdoors to clean and put away gear. Spend the last few hours debriefing your experience with your new friends. Enjoy an Outdoor Odyssey-wide closing ceremony before returning home.