Are you interested in jump-starting your college career at Texas A&M by sharing in exciting experiences with fellow new Aggies? Venture Camps are designed with you in mind. The Extended Orientation Team in the Department of Student Activities has partnered with other areas on campus to welcome freshmen and transfer students through these new opportunities. Check out the information below to find out how you can be a part of these thrilling new programs. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, email our Extended Orientation Team or call (979) 845-1133 for more information.

Looking for Venture Camps? Click here to learn more about our 2020 program and to find out how to register.


Venture: Base Camp is one of Texas A&M’s outdoor extended orientation experiences taking place both on the Texas A&M main campus and in the Texas Hill Country. Base camp is sure to provide you with many fun and exciting activities including camping, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, team building activities, and so much more. Outdoor Adventures Outdoor Adventures trip staff from the Department of Recreational Sports will serve as your guides for trip activities during the day. In the evening, students will gather back at the campsite to participate in large and small group activities and discussions about college life at Texas A&M led by current students. No prior outdoor recreation experience is required, but a willingness to be an active participant, as well as a team player, is very important.

JULY 13-17, 2020




Venture: Backpack is the newest extended orientation program to be offered out of the Departments of Student Activities and Recreational Sports. Venture: Backpack is a 9-day program led by trip leaders from Outdoor Adventures who will guide incoming Aggies through the beautiful Gila Wilderness in New Mexico. While exploring this beautiful terrain, students will learn about Aggie traditions, college life, and campus resources in a totally unique setting! Participants will participate in peer-led group discussions with current Texas A&M students about college and life at Texas A&M. No prior experience is required, but a can-do attitude is a valuable asset.

AUGUST 5-13,2020



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“Venture Camp is looking forward to another great year of welcoming incoming Aggies to Texas A&M University. As we prepare for our Venture Camp programs this year, we are closely monitoring the current situation with COVID-19 to best anticipate how this will impact our programs. We are staying connected with Texas A&M University as well as local, state, and federal governments and health agencies regarding policies, guidelines, and recommendations for programs like ours. We will be using our Facebook page to post updates regarding our Base Camp and Backpack programs. We are excited to once again partner with incoming Aggies in their transition to Texas A&M through outdoor experiences. If you have specific questions about our programs and the experiences offered, you can request information here.”



Check out some of the events, activities, and locations you’ll experience as part of Venture: Base Camp!


Check out our FAQs for more information about Venture: Base Camp registration, cost, lodging, camp activities, and more!

Registration for Venture Base Camp program is open now. Click the link above to access the registration site. You will need to be admitted to Texas A&M as an entering freshman or transfer student for the 2019 summer or fall semester and have your University Identification Number, Net ID, and method of payment for the program to successfully complete the registration process.

The registration fee for Base Camp and Backpack are $350 and covers all lodging, meals, transportation to/from Texas A&M’s campus in College Station, program materials, outdoor recreation equipment, and fees for certified staff to facilitate select activities and access to activity sites.

The full registration fee must be received in order to confirm your spot in the session you select. All registration fees must be received by the registration deadline.  Payment may be made using a credit or debit card or electronic check.

The Texas A&M Department of Student Activities must pay a variety of charges to its partner institutions to hold and secure places, equipment, and transportation services for Venture Camp students. Some program expenses are incurred well before the program begins based on the number of students who sign up. Therefore, it is not possible for payments to be refunded in full if a student chooses to withdraw from the program. The refund policies are:

  • Any student who withdraws from the Venture Camp program must notify the Venture Camp Staff in writing by emailing Andrew Carruth at
  • 45 days or more prior to camp program start date – 90% refund  – $315.00
  • 44 to 30 days prior to camp program start date – 50% refund – $175.00
  • 29 to 15 days prior to camp program start date – 25% refund –  $87.50
  • 14 days or less to camp program start date – 0% refund – $0.00

Please keep in mind that refund amounts are based on date of cancellation in relation to the program start date and not in relation to your registration date. To officially withdraw from the program or for questions about cancellations or refunds, please contact Andrew Carruth at

Unfortunately, as a new and growing program, there are no scholarships or available methods of financial assistance at this time.  We encourage you to email the Extended Orientation Team identifying that you would like to participate but cannot due to financial barriers.  This may help us to get financial assistance options in future years.

Interested students are also encouraged to attend the Fish Camp and Transfer Camp programs which both offer scholarships and financial assistance opportunities.

Check-in and Check-out for the Base Camp program will be held on the Texas A&M main campus in College Station. During the program, participants will travel to the Texas Hill Country and will spend four nights camping in tents at the San Marcos River Retreat, located on the shores of the San Marcos River. This will serve as the central location for Base Camp’s daily activity sites. Confirmed participants will receive more information as the program approaches.

Check-in and Check-out for the Backpack program will be held on the Texas A&M main campus in College Station. During the program, participants will be camping in tents while backpacking through the Gila Wilderness. During travel to/from New Mexico, participants will camp in a campground site along the route.

Unfortunately, no. These programs occur at various locations, and participants are only able to check-in for the program on the first day and check-out of the program on the last day. Anyone who is not available for check-in on the first day will not be able to join the program later. Additionally, participants will not return to College Station until the last day, so leaving early is also not an option. Participants will not have access to their personal vehicles throughout the duration of the program. Please be sure your schedule can accommodate the full program schedule before you register.

We are able to make provide meal options for most any need during our programs; however, it is very important that you inform us of these needs prior to camp during the registration process so that we can be prepared. Most food supplies and meals will be purchased and packed prior to the program’s start date.

Many Venture Camp activities can be adjusted for students with different ability and skill levels; however, there are certain abilities that are required to participate in this program because of the nature of the activities and uncontrollable environmental factors. If you would like further information or clarification, please contact the Extended Orientation Team. For additional information regarding the services available to students at Texas A&M and to speak with someone about how to develop an access plan, students are strongly encouraged to register with Disability Services for lasting or temporary access concerns.  Venture Camp staff can work with the Access Coordinators in Disability Services to discuss options for an access plan.

A packing list will be sent out to all participants when registering for the program for the program, and will also be included in your final confirmation letters before camp. Venture Camp staff will provide the majority of equipment and supplies necessary to participate in the different activities in our programs. If you have any questions prior to registering, do not hesitate to reach out to Andrew Carruth at 979-862-2949 or

No, participants will not be able to participate in a New Student Conference which conflicts with Venture Camp dates.  Please be sure to double check your schedule before registering for both programs.

Yes, freshman participants who are interested and registered to attend Venture Camp program and Fish Camp will be permitted to attend both programs.  Similarly, transfer participants may register to attend both a Venture Camp program and Transfer Camp. Transfer Camp.