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Pathways 2022

TAP into the Outdoors!

Pathways 2022

Eligibility: Pathways is open to all freshman and sophomore who will be on campus for the first time Fall of 2022. If you have already been on campus, even for just one class, we invite you to join one of TAP's trips in the Fall.


  • Session I Aug. 15-19
  • Session II Aug. 22-26 (Move-in Instructions TBD)

Fee: $195 (Includes meals, camping and entrance fees, all group gear)

Payment: You will receive payment instructions in an email once you have been placed on a trip.

Online Registration Opens: May 16, 2022



Registration Closes: July 1, 2022

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

  • Cancellations made on or before July 13th will receive 100% refund.
  • Cancellations made between July 14th and August 1st will receive a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations made on or after August 2nd will not receive a refund.
Exceptions will be made for health and family emergencies. All cancellations must be made in writing by the dates indicated above. For more information on cancellation policies, contact our office at or 757-221-2687.


Trip Options:

  • Backpacking the Appalachian
    • Spend 4 days and 3 glorious nights backpacking in the Appalachian Mountains of VA.  
  • Canoe and Camp
    • Learn basic canoeing techniques and enjoy paddling and camping on Lake Matoaka, the James River and Holiday Lake State Park in Appomattox, VA. 
  • Surf'SUP
    • Participants will camp at First Landing State Park while enjoying the benefits of beach camping.  Participants will have a surfing lesson by one of our VA Beach partners.  Participants will also have opportunities to hike, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) and sea kayak if weather and time permit.
  • Base Camp (Bears Den)
    • Participants will travel to a base camp location near the Appalachian Trail where they will camp, experience a historic mtn lodge. Participants will depart from their base camp to participate in a variety of day adventures on the Shenandoah river, hikes on the AT, caverns, waterfalls, gorgeous sunset views and more.
What is Pathways?

Pathways is a unique way to start your W&M experience. During Pathways you will meet other new W&M students and form lasting friendships.  You will be lead by experienced W&M students and learn valuable lessons.  You will do all of this while participating in adventures, from the comfort of a tent and while sitting around the campfire.  

Watch a video from a past Pathways!

Campus Recreation's Tribe Adventure Program has historically offered incoming students a unique and transformative pre-orientation experience. Prospective participants can choose from a list of week-long outdoor activities such as hiking, paddling, biking, rock climbing, and more. Each Pathways program is designed to cultivate self-efficacy and ease the daunting transition into college life. During their week of adventure, students will be challenged to try new skills, engage in powerful outdoors experiences, and develop valuable social connections -- all before the semester even begins!

Pathways programs are lead by Tribe Adventure Program (TAP) student trip leaders. Our Trip Leaders are all current William & Mary students. TAP Trip Leaders undergo rigorous training in outdoor skills and are certified in Wilderness First Aid. Throughout the week of Pathways, participants are able to learn about life at W&M first-hand from their trip leaders. Each participant is personally welcomed into the Tribe community through the Pathways tradition.

No Experience Necessary.  All are welcome on Pathways, no matter your previous level of outdoor experience. We would love to have you along on this pre-orientation adventure -- come TAP into the Outdoors with us! 

Pathways Session II Early Drop-off

Students who register for Pathways 2022 Session II will return to campus first thing in the morning on Friday, Aug. 26.  This will be just in time for move-in and orientation. All students must still schedule a move -in time with Residence Life.

Out-of-State students who participate in Pathways Session II will have an option of early residence hall stuff drop-off on 8/22. Pre-authorization is required. An email will be sent to confirm early drop-off. This is a quick 30 min. drop-off during Pathways check-in.  It is not the official move-in.  All students must still schedule for an official move-in time.  Please note the return time from Pathways. No early returns will be possible.  

Pathways check-in will begin at 8:00AM and continue until 10:00 AM in the Bee McLeod Rec. Center Atrium, followed by a gear check, safety briefings, and ice breakers. Out-of-State participants with personal belongings for the school year may check-in, receive a key and drop belongings off in their residence hall.  These participants must check-in before 9:15AM.

Please note that this is a drop only.  No time will be available to set up the room on 8/22.  Parents and students must depart the room immediately after the drop.

On occasion, a student's room may not yet be available for early move-in.   In that case, Campus Recreation will provide a 4' x 4' space in a secure storage area for the belonging to be stored during Pathways.  Pathways staff will then help the student move these items to their room on 8/26 as part of the regularly scheduled move-in/orientation.


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