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McMaster Outdoor Orientation Student Experience – Exchange

Mark your calendars for this year’s five-day trip and orientation program running from Sunday, August 27, 2017 to Thursday, August 31, 2017! The program includes a one-night stay at Camp Arowhon and a two-night camping trip in Algonquin Provincial Park.

MOOSE-X provides you with opportunities to get to know your fellow students in your Exchange cohort as well as local students from your faculty and encourages team development through a wide variety of outdoor activities. This five-day program will be a great warm-up for your transition to university life in September! The friends that you meet on MOOSE will be your peers in class and also your colleagues for years to come. 

What is MOOSE?


The mission of the McMaster Outdoor Education Student Experience (MOOSE) is to provide first-year students with a mentored, outdoor experience for transitioning into university life while providing them with the tools necessary to build strong relationships and develop self-efficacy. 
MOOSE has been a program for incoming first years for the past 4 years and has now expanded to MOOSE-X, that seeks to provide that same experience to our incoming exchange students.


Going on exchange to a different country can be both a stressful and an exciting time in your life, during which you will be faced with many challenges. These challenges may include living on your own for the first time, scheduling appropriate time for school and extra-curricular activities, as well as meeting new friends. McMaster University is committed to supporting all students through their transition into the Exchange program.

The MOOSE-X program endeavours to help Exchange students experience a successful start to their university life in Canada.

MOOSE Xchange


Sunday, August 27, 2017 - Thursday, August 31, 2017

Program Cost

The total cost of this trip is $435.00, and includes all meals and programming costs.

Program Overview

1 day of orientation at McMaster, 3 day canoe-camping trip in Algonquin Provincial Park, and 1 day orientation at Camp Arowhan in Algonquin.


This year, MOOSE-X will offer space for 60 incoming Exchange students. Registration for MOOSE-X takes place on a first-come-first-serve basis. Registration for MOOSE-X 2017 will open up in the summer (Mid May 2017).

After 60 registrants, additional interested Exchange students will be put up on a waitlist. Registration operates on a general first-come-first serve basis: waitlisted students will be contacted the week of July 30.


All meals are included in the cost of the program. Please indicate any allergies/ dietary restrictions on the medical form (distributed upon confirmation of registration).


All necessary trip gear, such as packs and camping equipment, will be provided by Camp Arowhon. Packing lists, including proper clothing and packing methods, will be provided to participants. Participants are only responsible for bringing their own clothing, sleeping bag, and sleeping mat. Sleeping bags and sleeping mats can be borrowed from the McMaster University Outdoor Club upon request.

Risk Management

All MOOSE-X activities follow McMaster University’s Health and Safety guidelines. Potential risks are outlined in participant waivers, and staff review medical forms to ensure they are educated on the medical and health needs of each participant. All MOOSE-X Leaders are CPR- and First Aid-certified, and several of the Program Coordinators have certification in Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness Advanced First Aid.

McMaster Outdoor Recreation has been organizing and leading canoe trips of this size for the past fifteen years.

Parents/Guardians will be provided with an emergency contact sheet prior to the trip should they need to make contact with a participant.


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