Summer Orientation Programs

To get to know your life at Brock, we offer three unique summer orientation programs — Smart StartLEAP and BaseCamp.

You’ll meet fellow students, maximize your Brock experience, and learn all of the essential information to make the transition to university life before Orientation Week.

You can learn more about each program below, and register for all three programs through one simple registration system.

Smart Start

Catch a glimpse of Brock.
We’ve designed Smart Start to support your transition to Brock and to help you make important connections with the Brock community.

By taking part in our one-day academic orientation program, you’ll have the opportunity to get your Brock ID card, register for courses, have your schedule reviewed by an adviser, learn more about various student supports and services, and familiarize yourself with Brock’s campus before starting in September.

LEAP

Experience community.
Get a first-hand look at our campus and community — in a small group with other new students — through the lens of our experienced student leaders and mentors.

Participate in skill-building workshops, learn about campus resources and supports, experience an orientation to downtown St. Catharines, stay overnight in residence, and help a local community partner during a service-learning volunteer opportunity. Day and overnight options available.

BaseCamp

Start with an adventure.
Embark on a truly Canadian experience with a group of fellow Badgers. Our program offers canoeing, backpacking and local adventure trips led by current Brock students and recent alumni.

You’ll explore Ontario’s natural wonders, travel and camp together, share stories, hear about the ins and outs of university life, discover what it takes to be successful in school, learn about making healthy choices away from home, and feel confident about starting the semester. Plus, you’ll have a great group of new friends to reconnect with when you arrive at Brock in September. Three and five-day trips are available.

Smart Start Prices

Standard Price Bundle Price
With two or more summer orientation programs
Student price $40.00 $36.00
Guest price $15.00 $13.50

Available Smart Start Dates

July

DateStart TimeEnd Time
Smart Start: Niagara Edition
Friday, July 5, 2019
9 a.m.4 p.m.
Smart Start: Niagara Edition
Saturday, July 6, 2019
9 a.m.4 p.m.
Smart Start: Transfer Evening Edition
Thursday, July 11, 2019
2 p.m.8 p.m.
Thursday, July 18, 20199 a.m.4 p.m.
Friday, July 19, 20199 a.m.4 p.m.
Saturday, July 20, 20199 a.m.4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 24, 20199 a.m.4 p.m.
Thursday, July 25, 20199 a.m.4 p.m.
Friday, July 26, 20199 a.m.4 p.m.
Saturday, July 27, 20199 a.m.4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 30, 20199 a.m.4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 31, 20199 a.m.4 p.m.

August

DateStart TimeEnd Time
Thursday, August 1, 20199 a.m.4 p.m.
Tuesday, August 6, 20199 a.m.4 p.m.
Wednesday, August 7, 20199 a.m.4 p.m.
Thursday, August 8, 20199 a.m.4 p.m.
Friday, August 9, 20199 a.m.4 p.m.
Thursday, August 15, 20199 a.m.4 p.m.
Friday, August 16, 20199 a.m.4 p.m.
Saturday, August 17, 20199 a.m.4 p.m.
Sunday, August 18, 20199 a.m.4 p.m.
Smart Start: Students Coming From a Distance Edition
Saturday, August 31, 2019
10 a.m.3 p.m.

More information on Smart Start

Before you arrive on campus, there are some things you should look over. Watch our How-to videos, review our pre-orientation checklist, get directions to Brock, and print off your parking map to prepare for your Smart Start visit.

Watch our how-to videos

Review our frequently asked questions

What will I do at Smart Start?

  • Register for your courses
    Finalize your class timetable with Academic Advisors.
  • Meet other first-year students
    Build your Brock support system before September.
  • Receive information about financing your education
    Learn about financial aid options available at Brock.
  • Tour our beautiful campus
    Visit numerous campus hotspots, including our award-winning residences.
  • Learn about academic success options
    Participate in seminars outlining ways to succeed in post-secondary education.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Brock community
    Learn tips and tricks from current Brock students about making a smooth transition to university life.
  • Take your photo for your Brock Card
    Beat the lines in the fall and have your photo taken for your student ID card at Smart Start.

Review your pre-orientation checklist

Things to do before your Smart Start date

  1. If you haven’t done so already, register for your Smart Start date. You will need your seven-digit Brock Student ID number located on your offer of admission.
  2. Register for your courses. Closer to your Smart Start date, there will be a tutorial video found in Step 1. Check back soon!
  3. Print your Smart Start registration confirmation email. This email will be your complimentary parking pass for your Smart Start visit.
  4. Plan to arrive early on your Smart Start date! You’ll have an opportunity to have your photo taken for your student ID card, meet current students and staff, enjoy some refreshments and socialize with other new students.

Parking information and directions to Brock

Not sure how to get to Brock?

Smart Start is held at Brock University
1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way,
St. Catharines, Ontario, L2S 3A1

Get directions to Brock University

Wondering where to park on campus?

Park in Visitor Parking/Lot D, and walk to Academic South/Walker Complex

LEAP Prices

Early bird prices are available before July 10, 2019. Bundle prices are available when you register for two or more summer orientation programs.

Early Bird Standard Price Early Bird Bundle Price Standard Price Bundle Price
Day Program $80.00 $72.00 $95.00 $85.50
Overnight Stay $140.00 $126.00 $160.00 $144.00

Available LEAP Dates

LEAP - Day Program

DateStart TimeEnd Time
Tuesday, July 23, 20198:30 a.m.6 p.m.

LEAP - Overnight Stay

Start DateStart TimeEnd DateEnd Time
Saturday, July 27, 20194 p.m.Sunday, July 28, 20194 p.m.
Friday, August 9, 20194 p.m.Saturday, August 10, 20194 p.m.

More information on LEAP

Looking for more information on LEAP, including frequently asked questions?

Visit the LEAP website
brocku.ca/leap

BaseCamp Prices

During registration, you will have the option to pay the deposit amount ($150.00) or the full trip amount. Your spot on the BaseCamp trip will not be held unless you pay your deposit, with the full balance to be paid at least 2 weeks prior to the start date of their trip.

For the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Short Hills Adventure, you must pay the full amount to register for the trip.

The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Short Hills Adventure is only open to students enrolled in programs in the following Departments: Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Nursing, Sport Management, and Recreation & Leisure Studies. Reduced fees for the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Short Hills Adventure are generously supported by the Dean of Applied Health Sciences and a Brock University Retention Grant.

Early bird prices are available before June 30, 2019. Bundle prices are available when you register for two or more summer orientation programs.

Deposit Amount Early Bird Standard Price Early Bird Bundle Price Standard Price Bundle Price
Canoeing $150.00 $497.20 $452.00 $847.50 $762.75
Backpacking $150.00 $466.15 $423.75 $734.50 $661.05
Early Move-In and Canoe Trip Combo $150.00 $528.30 $480.25 $875.75 $788.18
Early Move-In and Short Hills Adventure Combo $150.00 $341.85 $310.75 $565.00 $508.50
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Short Hills Adventure N/A $113.00 $113.00 $113.00 $113.00

Available BaseCamp Dates

BaseCamp - Backpacking

Start DateStart TimeEnd DateEnd Time
Monday, August 12, 20197 a.m.Friday, August 16, 20195:30 p.m.

BaseCamp - Canoeing

Start DateStart TimeEnd DateEnd Time
Monday, August 19, 20197 a.m.Friday, August 23, 20195:30 p.m.

BaseCamp - Early Move-in & Canoe Trip Combo

Start DateStart TimeEnd DateEnd Time
Tuesday, August 27, 20197 a.m.Sunday, September 1, 20199 a.m.

BaseCamp - Early Move-In & Short Hills Adventure Combo

Start DateStart TimeEnd DateEnd Time
Friday, August 30, 20199 a.m.Sunday, September 1, 20199 a.m.

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Short Hills Adventure

Start DateStart TimeEnd DateEnd Time
Sunday, July 28, 20199 a.m.Tuesday, July 30, 20191 p.m.

More information on BaseCamp

Looking for more information on BaseCamp, including frequently asked questions?

Visit the BaseCamp website
brocku.ca/basecamp

Summer Orientation Programs Registration

Personal Information

First Name

Last Name

Email

What is your 7-digit student ID number?

This is a 7-digit number that can be found on the letter you received when you applied to Brock, as well as on your offer of admission letter.

7-digit student ID number

What program have you been accepted to at Brock?

Are you a student from the Niagara Region?

Are you a college/university transfer student?

Are you a student from out-of-province?

Travelling more than 700km to Brock University? Learn more about the Discover Brock Bursary

What is your address?

What is your street address?

In what city?

In what province/state?

What is your postal/zip code?

In what country?

What is your phone number?

What is your preferred phone number?

Do you have a secondary/cell phone number?

What summer orientation programs are you interested in registering for?

What day would you like to attend Smart Start?

Are you bringing any guests? Not including yourself, of course!

Please note: If any of your guests are incoming Brock students, do not include them in your guest count, and please have them register separately.

How many guests are you bringing?

Alumni information

Did either of your parents graduate from Brock University? If so, please fill out the information below. If not, you can move on to the next section.


Could you give us a little more information on your father?

What is your father's name?

What year did your father graduate from Brock University?

Will your father be coming to Smart Start with you?

Could you give us a little more information on your mother?

What is your mother's name?

What year did your mother graduate from Brock University?

Will your mother be coming to Smart Start with you?

Student Accessibility Services

If you are a student with a documented permanent disability or temporary medical, mental health and/or cyclical health condition which affects academic functioning, we strongly encourage you to meet with Student Accessibility Services to discuss any accommodations you may need.

If you would like to meet with a Student Accessibility Services representative during your Smart Start visit, please check disability type to ensure that you meet with the appropriate specialist:









More information on meeting with Student Accessibility Services:

Documentation guidelines can be found on the Student Accessibility Services website

You are encouraged to submit documentation no later than two weeks prior to your scheduled Smart Start date to Student Accessibility Services at sasnewstudent@brocku.ca or via fax at 905 688 7260.

Should you or your guest(s) require personal assistance on campus due to a disability, please contact Courtney Keogh at smartstart@brocku.ca to arrange support.

Aboriginal Student Services

Our goal is to help Aboriginal students make a smooth transition to life at Brock. We offer services in a culturally sensitive manner and encourage students to maintain or increase their cultural identity while at Brock.

First Generation Students

If your parents didn't attend post-secondary, you're blazing your own trail, which means you're a first generation student.

Residence/Off-Campus

Are you staying in residence or living off-campus in September?

Dietary Information

Meal vouchers will be provided for you and your guests. These vouchers will allow you to choose from various dining stations in our Guernsey Market, based on your preferences. To help us prepare for your visit, please indicate any dietary restrictions in your group (including both the student and guests)








If other, please specify

How did you hear about us?

Which of the following influenced you to choose Brock? (select all that apply)













Select your LEAP date

LEAP - Overnight Stay

Looking for a personalized, small group orientation experience? LEAP, a 24-hour hands-on program, is for you! Led by experienced campus student leaders, LEAP provides an opportunity to make new friends and connections while volunteering in the community, exploring the campus, and spending a night in residence.

The registration fee for LEAP is $160.00 (early bird registration before Wednesday, July 10 is $140.00)

If you register for more than one summer orientation program (Smart Start, LEAP or BaseCamp), the registration fee is $144.00 (early bird registration before Wednesday, July 10 is $126.00)

LEAP - Day Program

Looking for a personalized, small group orientation experience without the overnight stay? LEAP Day Program is the program for you! Led by experienced campus student leaders, LEAP provides an opportunity to make new friends and connections while exploring the campus and the local community.

The registration fee for LEAP is $95.00 (early bird registration before Wednesday, July 10 is $80.00)

If you register for more than one summer orientation program (Smart Start, LEAP or BaseCamp), the registration fee is $85.50 (early bird registration before Wednesday, July 10 is $72.00)

Cancellation Deadline

For all dates of the LEAP — Overnight Stay and LEAP — Day Program, the cancellation deadline is midnight 14 days prior to the LEAP date.

Full refunds will be issued up to the applicable cancellation deadline date.
No refunds will be issued after the cancellation deadline has passed.

A few more questions for LEAP

What is your t-shirt size?

What is your emergency contact's name?

What is your emergency contact's phone number?

What would you like for dinner?

Do you have any food allergies or a special diet?

Do you have any accessibility needs or special accommodations? Please provide us with any details you feel we should know:

Looking to stay additional nights in residence?

If you would like to say additional nights in residence after your LEAP stay, you can contact the front desk of Conference Services at 905 688 5550 x3369 or email confdesk@brocku.ca. When you are booking your stay, please indicate that you are LEAP participants.

The cost for 1 night in residence is $59.50 per person plus HST.

Select your preferred BaseCamp date

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Short Hills Adventure

Do you like everything about camping but the tent? Join Brock BaseCamp for our Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Short Hills Adventure

The registration fee for the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Short Hills Adventure trip is $113.00
The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Short Hills Adventure is only open to students enrolled in programs in the following Departments: Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Nursing, Sport Management, and Recreation & Leisure Studies. Reduced fees for the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Short Hills Adventure are generously supported by the Dean of Applied Health Sciences and a Brock University Retention Grant.

BaseCamp - Early Move-In & Short Hills Adventure Combo

Do you like everything about camping but the tent? Join Brock BaseCamp for our Short Hills Adventure!

The registration fee for the early move-in and Short Hills Adventure BaseCamp trip is $565.00 (early bird registration before Sunday, June 30 is $341.85). If you register for more than one summer orientation program (Smart Start, LEAP or BaseCamp), the registration fee is $508.50 (early bird registration before Sunday, June 30 is $310.75) Plus, you can reseve your spot on the trip with a deposit of only $150.00.

BaseCamp - Early Move-in & Canoe Trip Combo

Do you like adventure, want to challenge yourself with a new experience, and make a great group of friends? If this sounds like you, join us for one of our early residence move in combo canoe trips in beautiful Algonquin Provincial Park.

The registration fee for the early move-in and canoeing BaseCamp trip is $875.75 (early bird registration before Sunday, June 30 is $528.30). If you register for more than one summer orientation program (Smart Start, LEAP or BaseCamp), the registration fee is $788.18 (early bird registration before Sunday, June 30 is $480.25) Plus, you can reseve your spot on the trip with a deposit of only $150.00.

BaseCamp - Canoeing

A true Canadian experience! Join us on a memorable adventure with a group of likeminded individuals as you explore the lakes of Ontario's Algonquin Provincial Park.

The registration fee for the canoeing BaseCamp trip is $847.50 (early bird registration before Sunday, June 30 is $497.20). If you register for more than one summer orientation program (Smart Start, LEAP or BaseCamp), the registration fee is $762.75 (early bird registration before Sunday, June 30 is $452.00) Plus, you can reseve your spot on the trip with a deposit of only $150.00.

BaseCamp - Backpacking

There is no better way to experience a landscape than with a pair of boots and a backpack.

The registration fee for the backpacking BaseCamp trip is $734.50 (early bird registration before Sunday, June 30 is $466.15). If you register for more than one summer orientation program (Smart Start, LEAP or BaseCamp), the registration fee is $661.05 (early bird registration before Sunday, June 30 is $423.75) Plus, you can reseve your spot on the trip with a deposit of only $150.00.

Registration information

Registrations cannot be processed unless accompanied by payment.

Payments will be returned ONLY if we are unable to accommodate you on a trip (e.g., lack of space), or if written notice of withdrawal from participation is received no later than two weeks prior to the start of your trip, after which down payments are non-refundable.

Once you are accepted, you will receive an information package. This will include a detailed packing list, logistical information, assumption of risk and indemnity form, medical form, and photo release form. These must be completed and returned no later than two weeks prior to your Brock BaseCamp trip.

Please read all the Regulations.

Participants are obligated to follow these regulations and policies as well as the directions and guidance of BaseCamp staff at all times, or may be removed form the trip and sent home at their own expense.

A few more questions for BaseCamp

Are a student from outside of Canada that will be attending Brock University?

Are you an incoming first-year student to Brock University?

Would you like to pay the full BaseCamp amount now, or just the deposit?

You are required to pay the full amount for the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Short Hills Adventure trip.

What is your parent/guardian's name?

Just a few more things…

Are you a Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident of Canada?

So far, your total summer orientation programs price is: