Camp Buckeye FAQs
Who participates in Camp Buckeye?
Camp Buckeye is open to all incoming freshmen on a first-come, first-served basis. At camp, students are divided into small groups led by upper-class student facilitators. Professional staff members and faculty are also in attendance.
How many students can participate in Camp Buckeye?
Camp Buckeye can accommodate up to 60 participants.
What is the cost of the program?
Camp Buckeye costs $200. This cost includes all transportation, overnight accommodations, meals, and activities while at camp.
How do I register and pay for the program?
Register for Camp Buckeye online at scarletandgray.osu.edu. Please enter the access code that was provided on the brochure mailed to your home, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the access code. The online registration system will indicate when Camp Buckeye is full and we can no longer accept registrations. Registration for Camp Buckeye begins on March 1, 2013, and trips fill on a first-come, first-served basis. The priority registration deadline is July 1, 2013.
Once you register for your trip, you will pay via credit card online. Please have credit card information ready at time of registration.
Do I need special equipment?
Camp Kern provides the specialized equipment for the high ropes adventure elements, canoeing, zip line tour, and other activities. Students are responsible for bringing personal items like clothing and proper footwear. Students will be sleeping in cabins and will need to bring a sleeping bag or bed linens. Some items, such as sleeping bags, are available for rent from our Outdoor Adventure Center. Please see the sample packing list for more details about equipment.
Do I need previous camping experience?
Camp Buckeye has a similar feel to summer camp: while it provides exposure to the outdoors, it is not a rugged, backwoods experience. Many camp activities are physical, but the typical healthy and active high school student should be able to meet the demands of the activities. Beginners receive basic instruction for each activity and more experienced campers also have the opportunity to challenge their comfort zones. All students will spend time learning to cooperate as a group and enjoying the outdoor setting.
Where and when do I check in for my trip?
Students will check in on the Ohio State campus. Specific check-in time and location will be sent to students after they have registered for Camp Buckeye.
How can I move into the residence halls early?
Students are permitted to move into the residence halls early for an additional fee per day. If you are interested in moving into the residence halls early please contact University Housing at (614) 292-8266 and speak directly with Mrs. Bray to coordinate your early move-in procedures. You will need to let her know you are participating in Camp Buckeye.
What if I want to arrive a day early but won’t move into my residence hall? Where can I stay in Columbus?
We are not able to provide one-night, on campus accommodations for students arriving a day before their trip departs. We can provide a list of nearby hotels if you wish to arrive one night early but not move into the residence hall. Please contact email@example.com for the list of hotels.
If I’m driving to Columbus for my trip, where can I park my car?
After checking in for Camp Buckeye, any students providing their own transportation to campus will be directed to the appropriate parking lot. Students who leave their cars parked on campus during the trip will be charged a $24 fee. For this reason, we encourage students to arrange to be dropped off on campus or to carpool with other students. Please note that freshmen are not permitted to have cars on campus once we return from Camp Buckeye on August 14.
Should I bring a cell phone on the trip?
While you are permitted to bring a cell phone, we will ask you to turn off the phone during the day while participating in camp activities. You should also note that in some remote areas of our camping locations, cell phone service is not available.
Can I participate in both Camp Buckeye and Buckeye Adventures?
You may sign up for as many summer trips that interest you, as long as the dates do not overlap.
What if I want to cancel my reservation?
If you are no longer able to attend Camp Buckeye, contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellations received prior to July 8, 2013, will be refunded in full. Cancellations received after July 18, 2013, are non-refundable. Fee refunds can take 4-6 weeks to process and will require additional paperwork.
What if I can’t afford the participant fee?
First Year Experience offers need-based scholarships of $200 to cover participant fees. To be considered for a scholarship, please send a letter to email@example.com detailing your financial need and your interest in attending Camp Buckeye.