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Venture Bound - About

Venture Bound is an engaging, adventurous meeting place to develop the skills you need to transition to college life. Over the course of five days, you will participate in the unique challenge of backcountry travel while getting to know other incoming students and experienced student leaders.  

As an adventure education program, you can expect to face challenges and experience joy in equal measure. Through conversations and guided reflection, you and your peers will find the connection between what you experience in the wilderness and what you experience at home or on campus. 

Dates & Deadlines

2024 Venture Bound

Monday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 9, 2024


Mon, July 15, 2024 - Financial Assistance Consideration Deadline

  • Online registration form must be received by this date.
  • Medical History form must be received by this date. 

Mon, July 22, 2024 - Registration Deadline

  • Online registration form must be received by this date.
  • Medical History form must be received by this date.

Mon, July 22, 2024 - Cancellation Deadline (eligible for full refund)

Earn 2 Academic Credits!

You can earn 2 fall semester academic credit hours for attending Venture Bound!

Course: KNES 2230 - Wilderness Experience

College & Department: College of Health and Human Services, Applied Physiology, Health and Clinical Sciences (APHCS)


What does this credit count toward?

  • Activity class requirement for many APHCS majors.

  • Minor in Outdoor Adventure Leadership

  • May also count toward other majors and minors; talk to your academic advisor to confirm. 


How do I get the credits? 

  1. Participate in the trip.

  2. Completing post-trip assignments. 


What assignments will I need to complete? 

Assignments will include a reflection paper and meeting/ reunion of Venture Bound participants to reflect back on the trip and your first semester at UNC Charlotte. Assignments will be due sometime between September and November. 


You can indicate your interest in receiving credit on the application.


$300, includes:

  • Instruction and guidance from trained leaders.
  • Equipment, including that for backpacking, camping, cooking, water filtration, and canoeing.
  • Meals and snacks - Starting with lunch on Monday and ending with lunch on Friday.
  • Technical clothing, including waterproof jackets and pants and fleece/ warm layers. 
  • Transportation to and from program area.

Not included:

  • Base layer clothing - e.g. shirts, pants, underwear, socks
  • Backpacking boots - must cover and support your ankles

Grants/ Reduced rates available

  • The cost of this experience has been reduced to try to make this experience more accessible, but we understand there is still a financial barrier for many.
  • If a reduction in cost would make this experience more accessible to you, you can indicate as such on the registration form

NOTE - To be considered for a reduced fee, you must complete all registration steps (except making payment) by the deadline (see Dates above).

Frequently Asked Questions
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Registration & Payment
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See what steps to take to register for Venture Bound.  You will also find cancellation and refund policies.