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Carolina Compass Experience

With the arrival of COVID and the resulting isolation we all feel, growing authentic relationships is more difficult and more vital. Carolina Compass is a 3-day experience that empowers incoming students with a positive personal and social transition into college.

To be safer, this year we are staying closer to home. This also allows us to more deeply get to know the beauty and outdoor opportunities of Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas. Carolina Compass gives incoming students the opportunity to challenge themselves and grow as individuals through the process of experiential education and supporting each other as a group.

Our goal is to give you a challenging, yet safe environment to step out of your comfort zone to gain confidence, work collaboratively with others, and discover the beauty of North Carolina. You will be given the freedom to explore your own authentic leadership style in a natural setting. We believe that learning to collaborate with a new and diverse group of people in an unfamiliar environment, prepares you to take on similar challenges during your college career…and we’re excited that you want to go on an adventure with us!

The cost for this 3-day adventure is $119; however, if a participant attends all sessions, they will receive a $70 scholarship refund courtesy of the Susan P. Cole Scholarship Fund.

The year’s activities include:

  • Day 0: 7:00 pm: Participants will meet at the Outdoor Education Center for a brief orientation and introduction to the program and other participants
  • Day 1: 9:00 am: Full-Day Challenge Course program. The morning session will include group challenges on the ground. After a catered lunch, participants will have the opportunity to experience the Tar Heel Towers High Ropes Course.
  • Day 2: 9:00 am: The day will begin with a brief hike to learn about our on-campus multi-use trails. Afterwards, participants will explore one of Campus Recreation’s two indoor climbing walls, where they will learn some introductory climbing skills, including how to belay. Following a catered lunch. Participants will take part in a disc golf clinic that will conclude with a round on the 18-hole disc golf course at the Outdoor Education Center.
  • Day 3: 9:00 am: Participants will leave campus in provided transportation to explore Jordan Lake in kayaks and canoes. After a brief orientation, everyone will enjoy the serenity of calm Jordan Lake waters, where they may see bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons, and lots of other wildlife. A catered lunch will be provided after the trip.

If you cancel after making a reservation, we can ONLY offer a full refund if we can get someone else from the wait-list into your spot.

Dates: March 11-13

Time: All Day (Not Overnight)