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MOAT is 3 night, 4 day adventure-based orientation program. The MOAT experience is designed to give you an opportunity to build social connections with other trip members and introduce you to the amazing local natural areas surrounding Harrisonburg.

When? The trip begins at 4pm on Thursday, August 20, 2020 and ends on Sunday, August 23, 2020. All MOAT participants will be able to move-in to their residence halls early. You will meet your leaders and other participants at UREC then head to a basecamp site where all trips will be based.

Where?  MOAT trips are based out of Stokesville Lodge in Stokesville, VA.  This rustic campground is perfectly situated just minutes away from the George Washington National Forest.

What?  On Thursday you will spend the day packing up, traveling to Stokesville, and setting up camp. Followed by some team building activities and a dip in the swimming hole.  Dinner and a campfire will end day one.  Over the next two days you will spend a half day on our high and low challenge course capped off by a hike up Lookout Mountain and a full day participating in your emphasis activity (rock climbing, canoeing, etc.).  On Sunday you will pack up and head back to campus to clean up before returning to your residence hall. All trips will involve primitive camping (no showers). MOAT trips not require any previous experience.

Who leads these trips?  The trips are led by JMU undergraduates who are trained as trip leaders in the UREC Adventure Program.  At a minimum they hold a certification in Wilderness First Aid.  They are supervised by a professional staff member with over fifteen years of experience in university adventure programming.

What about cell phones?  Cell phones are not permitted on MOAT trips, they will be stored securely at UREC. What if my family needs to contact me during the trip?  In the event of an emergency you may call Guy deBrun at UREC 540-568-8713 or by cell 540-271-0014.  He will put you in contact with your family.

Registration for 2020's MOAT is now open! This link will take you to the UREC Program Registration web site. Since newly-committed students will not have an active JMU E-ID and password at this point, please create a guest account (in the student's name). The deadline to register is Friday, July 17, 2020.

The cost for the MOAT trip is $225.00 and includes instruction, leadership, equipment, and meals. Full scholarships are available. Please contact the Assistant Director for Adventure and TEAM Programs for more information and complete the scholarship application.

Cancellation and refund policy: Occasionally, we have to cancel MOAT trips due to low enrollment or other factors. In the event this happens, participants may choose to transfer to another MOAT trip or receive a full refund. Decisions regarding cancellations will be made seven days prior to the trip. It is suggested that participants who will be flying to Harrisonburg purchase travel insurance in the event of a trip cancellation. Requests to cancel a MOAT trip registration will be handled on a case by case basis. Generally, requests made 10 days or less from the start of the trip will not be refunded

Here's what you should pack!

Check out our photo album from last year's MOAT trip! 

Questions? Contact the Assistant Director for Adventure and TEAM Programs.

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