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The Madison Orientation Adventure Trip is a three-night, four-day pre-orientation program. The MOAT experience allows you to build social connections with other students and introduce you to the natural areas surrounding Harrisonburg. 

When? The trip begins on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. and ends on Sunday, August 22, 2021. All MOAT participants will be able to move-in to their residence halls early on Thursday before leaving for MOAT. You will meet your leaders and other participants at UREC then head to the Lodge together.

Where? MOAT trips are based out of Stokesville Lodge in Stokesville, VA, minutes away from the George Washington National Forest. 

What? All trips involve tent camping and additional activities such as rock climbing, hiking and canoeing. MOAT trips do not require any previous experience.

Who leads these trips?  The trips are led by JMU undergraduates who are trained as trip leaders in the UREC Adventure Program.  At a minimum they hold a certification in Wilderness First Aid.  They are supervised by a professional staff member with over fifteen years of experience in university adventure programming.

What about cell phones?  Cell phones are not permitted on MOAT trips, they will be stored securely at UREC. What if my family needs to contact me during the trip?  In the event of an emergency you may call Guy deBrun at UREC 540-568-8713 or by cell 540-271-0014.  He will put you in contact with your family.

How to Register: Since newly-committed students will not have an active JMU E-ID and password at this point, please create a guest account (in the student's name). The deadline to register was Friday, July 16, 2021 at noon.

The cost for the MOAT trip is $225.00 and includes instruction, leadership, equipment, and meals. Full scholarships are available. Please contact the Assistant Director for Adventure and TEAM Programs for more information and complete the MOAT scholarship application. Scholarship applications are due Thursday, July 1, 2021.

July 1, 2021 Update: MOAT is currently full. If you would like to join the wait list, please contact the Assistant Director for Adventure and TEAM Programs!

Cancellation and refund policy: Occasionally, we have to cancel MOAT trips due to low enrollment or other factors. In the event this happens, participants may choose to transfer to another MOAT trip or receive a full refund. Decisions regarding cancellations will be made seven days prior to the trip. It is suggested that participants who will be flying to Harrisonburg purchase travel insurance in the event of a trip cancellation. Requests to cancel a MOAT trip registration will be handled on a case by case basis. Generally, requests made 10 days or less from the start of the trip will not be refunded.

Here's what you should pack!

Check photos from previous MOAT trips: 2018 / 2017 / 2016 / 2010 / 2008

Questions? Contact the Assistant Director for Adventure and TEAM Programs.

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