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Pre-Orientation Programs

Wilderness to Wake

Dates: August 16-21
Cost: $650
Application Deadline: June 10; application process is now closed
Sponsored By: Outdoor Pursuits

Wilderness to Wake is the perfect way to jump straight into college life while forming strong friendships that will last far beyond the days of your trip. Whether your schedule includes backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking, canyoneering or all of the above, we guarantee that the Wilderness to Wake experience will be both challenging and rewarding. Each group of nine first-year students is led by a trained Outdoor Pursuits student leader through both the scenic regions surrounding Wake Forest and the adjustment to life as a college student, during the first semester and beyond. After five days of group bonding and peer mentorship in a wilderness setting, students return to campus with the confidence to dive headfirst into the opportunities Wake Forest has to offer.

Deacon Camp

Dates: August 17-20
Cost: $300
Application Deadline: July 16
Sponsored By: Office of Campus Life

Deacon Camp is a three-and-a-half day introduction to the compelling story of Wake Forest — past, present and future. Go where few of your classmates will go, including Wake Forest historical sites, Demon Deacon athletic venues and President Hatch’s residence; meet many of our Wake Forest leaders and coaches; and work together to develop a class legacy project. The incoming students of Deacon Camp will begin to discover their new home and make their mark at Wake Forest.

Deacon Camp is designed and facilitated by student leaders from the Wake Forest Traditions Council and Office of Campus Life staff. Each group of eight new students will have two upperclass students as their leaders.

SUMMIT: Christian ministries conference

Dates: August 18-21
Cost: $325
Application Deadline: July 31
Sponsored By: Office of the Chaplain and Christian Campus Ministries

For over 50 years, the Office of the Chaplain and Christian Campus Ministries have held a pre-orientation conference for incoming students. That tradition continues at YMCA Camp Cheerio, atop the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Students, faculty, administrators and campus ministers lead a variety of programs and activities (hiking, swimming, canoeing, Frisbee football, talent show, etc.) which introduce students to one another and to campus life. New students are assigned to small groups under the leadership of two upperclass students; these are designed to help them to know fellow classmates, answer questions about life at Wake Forest and get them off to a great start

S.P.A.R.C. (Students Promoting Action and Responsibility in the Community)

Dates: August 18-22
Cost: $300
Application Deadline: July 16 (note the date change; it had incorrectly been listed as July 31;  we are accepting on a rolling basis, response time to hear back is usually 1-2 weeks)
Sponsored By: Office of Service & Social Action (Office within Campus Life)

S.P.A.R.C. participants get to know their new community through service, learn about issues that Winston-Salem faces, and meet community partners who work regularly with Wake Forest students. S.P.A.R.C., a service-oriented pre-orientation program, has projects divided into three main issue areas: environmental conservation; hunger and homelessness; and youth empowerment. Each issue area is led by a coordinator. On your application, please identify the area(s) in which you are interested.

S.P.A.R.C. is organized by Service & Social Action (part of the Office of Campus Life). Each group of four new students will be led by an upperclass mentor for the week. The mentors will lead you in your service activities and will also be there to answer any questions you have about Wake Forest, particularly about getting involved on campus and in the community.

Marching Band Camp

Dates: August 15-24
Location: Wake Forest Campus, Davis Field and Scales Fine Arts Center
Cost: $120 (pay upon arrival)
Application Deadline: August 1
Sponsored By: Wake Forest University Athletic Bands

Band camp takes place before orientation to prepare for the upcoming football season. Members of the marching band have the opportunity to march at home games, attend select road games and a post-season bowl game if eligible.

The week will be spent learning drill and music for the half-time show and pregame for the 2013 football season. Marchers and players of all levels of experience are accepted. Band camp is a great time to learn basic steps for the first time or review them after a long summer. Every evening the social committee plans a different fun activity for all band members to participate in such as a campus wide scavenger hunt, bowling, and a dance party on the final night. Band camp is a great time to settle into college life, move into your dorm early, meet new students, and be part of a great organization to get the best seats at every football game!

See the WFU Marching Band website and the FAQs for more information. Questions about Marching Band Camps should be directed to Laura Flynn, 361.331.0036 or

Worldwide Wake

Dates: August 17-20
Cost: $300
Application Deadline: July 16; a confirmation email will be sent by July 23
Sponsored By: Center for Global Programs and Studies

WWW is a 4-day pre-orientation camp designed to expand your cultural horizons and become a more effective global citizen. Join other globally-minded domestic and international students as you learn about the diverse tapestry of students on campus.

Upperclassmen will be on hand to provide an in-depth understanding of the academic and social scene at WFU by providing personal insight and experiences.

The schedule will include a variety of team-building activities geared towards creating a vibrant and accepting global campus culture.