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COVID-19 UPDATE: June 15, 2020: 

MOAT has been revised to minimize hazards associated with COVID-19. The following changes have been implemented, but are subject to change:

  • Camping will occur on-campus at a Univeristy Park and each student will have their own tent. 
  • Activities will mostly take place on or near campus to include: campus bike tours, city of Harrisonburg bike tours, ropes course team-building, geo-caching, disc golf, and an outdoor movie.
  • A hiking and/or canoeing trip to the National Forest is planned and transportation will occur in a half-full university bus. Vehicles will be at 50% capacity and masks will be worn in vehicles.
  • Prepared meals will be used to minimize food prep.
  • Activities that allow for physical distancing will be used (canoeing, bike trips, etc). 
  • We believe these changes minimize COVID-19 risks while still meeting the goals of building social connections with other trip members and introducing you to the amazing local natural areas surrounding Harrisonburg. 

When? The trip begins at 4:00 pm 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 on Thursday before leaving for MOAT. You will meet your leaders and other participants at UREC then head to UPARK.

Where? Camping will occur on-campus at a Univeristy Park and each student will have their own tent. 

What? MOAT trips do not require any previous experience. and due to COVID-19, activities will mostly take place on or near campus to include: campus bike tours, city of Harrisonburg bike tours, ropes course team-building, geo-caching, disc golf, and an outdoor movie.

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 closed.

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 at noon.

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 photos from previous MOAT trips: 2018 / 2017 / 2016 / 2010 / 2008

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

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