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.

Venture: Base Camp

Venture: Base Camp is the premiere outdoor extended orientation experience set to take 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 staff and student facilitators 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. 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 15-19, 2019

$350 Participant Fee

40 Participants

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


Frequently Asked Questions

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

How do I sign up for Base Camp?

Registration for Venture Base Camp program will open in early May 2018.  Once Registration is open, a link will appear in the Register section that will take you to the registration website.  Interested participants are encouraged to fill out the form to receive registration notifications and information.  You will need to be admitted to Texas A&M as an entering freshman or transfer student for the 2018 spring, 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.

How much does Base Camp cost and what does this fee cover?

The registration fee for Base Camp $350 and covers all lodging, meals, program materials, outdoor recreation equipment, and fees for certified staff to facilitate select activities.  This fee also provides participants with an assortment of memorabilia items, such as a t-shirt, drawstring bag, and other small items.

How do I pay for Base Camp and can I cancel my registration to receive a refund?

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

Do you offer any type of financial assistance for those who may not be able to afford Base Camp?

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.

Where will I stay during Base Camp?

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.

Can I come late and/or leave early if I am not able to participate in the full week of Base Camp?

Unfortunately, no.  The majority of the program is spent 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 week of Base Camp before you register.

I have special dietary needs. Will I be able to have these needs met at camp?

We are able to make accommodations to meet most any need at Base Camp; 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.

What type of skill-level, outdoor experience, or physical abilities are required to participate?

Many Base 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: Base Camp staff can work with the Access Coordinators in Disability Services to discuss options for an access plan.

What do I need to pack for Base Camp?

A packing list will be posted at a later date and will also be included in your final confirmation letters before camp. Base Camp staff will provide all equipment and supplies necessary to participate in the paddling and rock climbing activities.

Can I go to Base Camp if I’m registered for a New Student Conference during that time?

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

Can I go to both Base Camp and Fish Camp or Transfer Camp (T-Camp)?

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