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Basecamp Paddling

Wisconsin Basecamp is a student-led, co-ed wilderness-based orientation program for incoming freshman and transfer students to create friendships and hone skills to prepare for success at UW-Madison.

  • Get to know other UW-Madison students
  • Gain insights to ensure success at UW-Madison
  • Foster leadership skills for future endeavors at UW-Madison and beyond
  • Be immersed in the UW-Madison spirit
  • Appreciate our natural environment with new friends

Meet the 2016 leaders, learn more and see what past participants have said about their Basecamp experience.

Canoeing, Camping, and Campfires: Conquering the Wisconsin River

Trip Option 1: Canoeing

In the past, Basecampers have spent four days paddling and exploring approximately 60 miles along the scenic Wisconsin River between Sauk City and Boscobel. They camped on the rivers' edge, cooked, and had fun together, and learned about UW and campus life around the campfire at night. The last part of the trip has typically included an overnight stay at Devils Lake State Park to swim, hike, and explore the park.

Stay tuned for details about the 2017 Basecamp trip options!

Trek the Trails: Backpacking in the Porcupine Mountains

Trip Option 2: Backpacking (Note: All backpacking trips are full. There are still some spots left on the canoeing expeditions!)

In the past, Basecampers spent three days backpacking as a group near the Lake of the Clouds, on hilly wilderness trails through towering virgin forests. They covered the basics of backpacking and camping, and learned about campus life around campfires next to mountain lakes. Basecampers challenged themselves, gained trust and support from others, and learned new skills that they transferred to life on campus.

How Do I Register?

Registration for the 2017 Basecamp trips has not opened yet.

For more information, please contact Julie Brown, Wisconsin Basecamp Manager, at julie.brown@wisc.edu.

What Does the Registration Fee Cover?

Registration for 2017 Basecamp trips has not opened yet.

The Wisconsin Basecamp registration fees include all transportation (from UW-Madison to the trip location and back again), food, specialized equipment, and two trained and experienced UW-Madison students as your trip leaders. You just need to provide personal gear and an open mind!

Is There Any Financial Aid Available?

Scholarships may be available for 2017 Wisconsin Basecamp trips. Please check back when registration opens or contact Julie Brown at julie.brown@wisc.edu.