Published on Brock University (http://www.brocku.ca)
There's something about scaling a wall of rocks or paddling through Algonquin Park that brings people together.
Recreation and Leisure Prof. Tim O'Connell knows it and so does everyone else involved with Brock BaseCamp, the University's outdoor orientation program for new students.
As O'Connell and crew get ready to host the first Canadian Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium at Brock on Friday, he's hopeful others will see the benefits of getting outside to bring people into a community.
"The power and magic of BaseCamp is when you take people away from the trappings of every day life and put them in an outdoors setting... you get back to basics and it's a powerful way to get people to connect with each other," O'Connell said.
Problem is, few universities - in Canada, at least - offer outdoor orientation as a way to help first-year students feel more comfortable about the four years ahead of them and the people they'll meet.