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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I have never been in a canoe or carried a pack or ridden forty miles in a single day?

Prior outdoor experience in camping, hiking, canoeing, or cycling is not required. Inexperienced campers are highly encouraged to apply. To be sure, you may capsize your canoe in the Upper Iowa, feel the ache in your shoulders as you finish carrying your canoe from one lake to another, and long for a soft mattress, but we think you will find the activity worth it. As one participant wrote:

“This was the best possible way for me to start my college experience. I enjoyed meeting a small group of people right away. I developed a few very solid friendships. It was also nice getting to talk to an upperclassman. This was one of the best experiences of my life and is a great opportunity for incoming freshmen.”

How much does the trip cost?

The cost to participate in most trips is $200. Due to higher expenses, the cost to participate in the Boundary Waters trips is $250. This includes room, meals, transportation, and all fees associated with the program.

Who will be leading me on my trip?

Although Luther College faculty, staff, or alum will participate in each program, upper-class students will provide primary leadership. Each student leader has outdoor experience and basic first-aid training. As the immersion programs grow, it is our hope that future leaders will be chosen from those who have participated in the program as new students.