Loyola University Chicago

Outdoor Experiential Education

Campus Recreation | Student Complex

Current Offerings

Start the Fire

Welcome incoming first year students! This experience is just for you – Start the Fire!

The Ramble Outdoors Start the Fire experience (only available to incoming first-year students) will bring you coast-to-coast in Illinois – it is a great opportunity get to know other first year students before Welcome Week starts. We’ll start on the shores of Lake Michigan at Loyola’s lakeshore campus, go hiking at Starved Rock State Park, paddle (canoeing and kayaking) at Rock Cut State Park, and then finish with a scenic overlook of the Mississippi River at Mississippi Palisades State Park. Come and explore the beauty of the state of Illinois – home of your new home. Participants will be camping outside in tents all week. No experience is necessary, but a desire to take a risk and accept some adventurous challenges. The details:

Monday, August 20th-Thursday, August 23rd (early move-in on August 20th is available for Start the Fire participants)

Registration is open through August 6th, register here: luc.edu/startthefire/outdoors 

Total cost is $125 and financial aid is available (email rmurray3@luc.edu to request financial aid)

The Start the Fire registration fee includes all meals, transportation, equipment rental (sleeping bags, rain layers, headlamps, etc…), all group gear (tents, stoves, cooking sets, etc…) and a Ramble Outdoors t-shirt (earned by sleeping outside with Ramble Outdoors!).

Questions? Contact Rachel Murray, Program Coordinator, at rmurray3@luc.edu or 773-508-2366.