Register for Brock’s summer Transition Programs

To get to know your life at Brock, we offer three unique transition 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.

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Are you a transfer, mature or part-time student?

Make a smart transition to Brock University and attend Smart Transfer summer orientation — an evening to meet your specific and unique needs!
Click here to learn more and register for Smart Transfer

Take part in your first official day as a Brock student —
Learn more about Smart Start and view our How-To videos

Catch a glimpse of Brock. We’re excited you’re coming to Brock, and we’d like to help facilitate a smooth transition for you!

Join us for the day and experience personalized sessions for you and your family. Each session is led by Brock students and staff who are dedicated to your success from day one.

A smiling Brock Badgers fan and Boomer the Badger

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.

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 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?

Smart Start - Parking Map for 2015 - Park in Visitor Parking Lot D, Walk to Walker Complex

Looking for a personalized, small group orientation experience?
Learn more about LEAP

Experience community. Get a first-hand look at our campus through the lens of our experienced student leaders and mentors.

During LEAP, you will experience mini skill-building workshops that support your transition to Brock, an orientation to downtown St. Catharines and the public transportation system, an overnight stay in residence, and a service-learning volunteer opportunity with a local community partner. View a sample agenda.

Happy LEAP participants jumping in downtown St. Catharines

What is LEAP and when is it taking place?

There are two different options for LEAP

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 LEAP – Overnight Stay option is available on the following dates:

  • Thursday, July 6 to Friday, July 7 from 4 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 11 to Wednesday, July 12 from 4 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 22 to Sunday, July 23 from 4 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 29 to Sunday, July 30 from 4 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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 LEAP – Day Program option is available on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, August 9 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 17 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

WHAT IS THE FEE FOR LEAP?

The registration fee for the LEAP – Overnight Stay option is $160.00 (early bird registration before Thursday, June 22 is $140.00)

If you register for more than one transition program (Smart Start, LEAP or BaseCamp), the registration fee is $144.00 (early bird registration before Thursday, June 22 is $126.00)

The registration fee for the LEAP – Day Program option is $95.00 (early bird registration before Tuesday, July 11 is $80.00)

If you register for more than one transition program (Smart Start, LEAP or BaseCamp), the registration fee is $85.50 (early bird registration before Tuesday, July 11 is $72.00)

CAN I REGISTER ONLY FOR LEAP?

Yes, you are able to attend LEAP without registering for Smart Start, but we highly recommend that you attend both.

WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?

The cancellation deadline is midnight 14 days prior to the LEAP session for which you have registered.

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

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL LEAP SESSION LOOK LIKE?

IS THE SCHEDULE DIFFERENT FOR EACH LEAP DAY?

There are some slight differences in the program schedule over the four LEAP sessions, but all participants receive the same engaging workshops, exciting activities and outreach opportunities.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO LEAP?

All LEAP participants will be provided with accommodation in our on-campus residences. Each guestroom is provided with a towel, face cloth, bed linens, pillow, soap and a plastic drinking cup. We suggest you bring an extra pillow and towel (if desired), toiletries, and an alarm clock.

Wear comfortable clothing because most of your day will be spent in interactive sessions. Casual dress is also suitable for the downtown St. Catharines dinner. With a program as busy as ours, we don’t always have a chance to change before dinner. A change of clothes for the community project is also suggested because some projects involve helping with active tasks such as gardening and preparing lunch. Please bring a pair of closed-toe shoes so that you are prepared for our community projects.

WHAT MEALS AND ACCOMODATION ARE INCLUDED IN MY FEE?

The LEAP registration fee includes all program materials, an overnight stay in residence, and three meals (a dinner in downtown St. Catharines, breakfast and lunch the following day).

WHO ARE THE CAMPUS PARTNERS OF LEAP?

LEAP is brought to you by Career Services and Mentorship Plus, Foundations in Leadership, A-Z Learning Services and Student Life and Community Experience.

WHERE WILL MY COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT BE?

The community service project will take place in Niagara. In the past, we have worked with Habitat for Humanity, local community gardens, and Start Me Up Niagara. Projects are determined by the need and availability of our community partners. Transportation will be provided to and from the community partner site.

WHERE DO I DROP OFF A STUDENT PARTICIPATING IN BOTH SMART START AND LEAP?

Please arrive on campus for 9:00 a.m. on the day Smart Start begins. Follow the signs for Smart Start and bring any luggage for LEAP with you to LEAP/Smart Start registration in the morning. We will gladly store your luggage for the day while you participate in Smart Start and our staff will meet you at the end of the Smart Start day.

WHERE DO I DROP OFF A STUDENT PARTICIPATING IN LEAP ONLY?

Please arrive on campus to register at 4 p.m. Follow the signs for Smart Start to the Walker Complex. A LEAP staff member will greet you by the red wall in the Walker Complex.

Pick-up locations for the following day and emergency contact information will be provided to you at check-in.

Spend your summer in the great outdoors with incoming Brock students —
Learn more about BaseCamp

Start with an adventure. Embark on a truly Canadian experience with a group of fellow new badgers.

Explore the beautiful outdoors, camp together and feel confident about yourself going into your first year at Brock.

Brock BaseCamp (BBC) offers rock climbing, canoeing and backpacking trips for incoming undergraduate students during August.

  • BBC trips are three to five days long and are led by current Brock students and alumni.
  • The program is coordinated by Brock faculty and staff with extensive outdoor experience.
  • Each trip includes incoming undergraduate students and leaders and provides a great chance to meet a diverse group of classmates.

You’ll explore the outdoors, travel and camp together, share stories, and end up with a great group of friends when you’re back on campus in the fall! On your trip you’ll have the chance to ask questions about what being a university student is like, find out what it takes to make healthy choices while living away from home, and feel confident about yourself going into your first year. If you’re looking to start off your university experience in a unique way, think about a BBC trip this summer!

A Brock BaseCamp participant scaling a rock face.

BaseCamp Dates

First come, first served. Deposit required with registration. Early bird rates available on or before July 15, 2017.

If you have having trouble registering with our online system, email us at: basecamp@brocku.ca and we can help you register in a different format. IF YOUR DESIRED TRIP DATES ARE ALREADY FILLED, INQUIRE ABOUT OTHER OPPORTUNITIES. This page was updated January 25th, 2017.

Two Weeks Prior to Trip — Deadline for final payment and submission of hard copies of completed forms.

Rock climbing trips Canoeing trips Backpacking Trips Move in and Algonquin canoe trip combo
August 14-16 August 14-18 August 14-18 August 29 – September 3
August 16-18 August 21-25 August 21-25
August 23-25

Note: All rock climbing trips start and end at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area; students are to be dropped off and picked up from this location. No transportation is provided by Brock University.

Please note:

  • You will be placed on a waiting list if your preferred trip is full.
  • All canoeing and backpacking trips start and end at Brock University.
  • All rock climbing trips start and end at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area (Milton, Ontario).

Get BaseCamp on your transcript!

Did you know… You can get a non-credit course added to your academic transcript for participating in a Brock BaseCamp trip?

It’s easy! All you have to do is register for RECL 0N06 – Brock BaseCamp as a Fall course, and we’ll be sure it shows up on your transcript. Take advantage of this great opportunity to have your BaseCamp experience permanently added to your academic record. For more information and for permission to register, contact Dr. Tim O’Connell.

Please note: This course (RECL 0N06) is non-credit bearing and does not count toward completing your degree at Brock.

BaseCamp goals

Brock BaseCamp is a distinctive summer experience for incoming undergraduate students to Brock University. While BaseCamp trips take place in the outdoors, the primary goal is to welcome first-year students to Brock and to introduce them to life as a university student. The following goals serve as a guide for Brock BaseCamp trips:

  1. Provide incoming students with a fun way to meet new people, make friends and develop a sense of community.
  2. Offer participants the chance to talk with current Brock students and ask questions about what being a first-year university student is all about.
  3. Provide participants the opportunity to talk about student life issues such as drug and alcohol use, living away from home, diversity and positive interpersonal relationships.
  4. Encourage participants to increase self-confidence and to take responsibility for their choices and themselves.
  5. Support student retention and successful graduation from Brock.
  6. Provide leadership experiences for current Brock students.
  7. Promote an appreciation for the natural environment and foster an interest in outdoor recreation activities.

There are several different options available for BaseCamp — Rock climbing on the Niagara Escarpment, backpacking along the Ganaraska Hiking Trail or the Highland Backpacking Trail, canoeing in Algonquin Provincial Park, or a combination canoe trip with early residence move in. You can learn more about each of these trips below.

Rock Climbing

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 rock climbing trips on the beautiful Niagara Escarpment.

We guarantee it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget. You’ll spend three days and two nights with a group of incoming Brock students from across the university. You’ll spend the days climbing, the nights hanging out by the campfire, and you’ll arrive back on campus with a great group of friends and a head start to your academic career. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Rock climbing trips start and end at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area in Milton, Ontario. (Approximately 1 hour from Downtown Toronto.) Participants DO NOT go to the Brock University Campus.

Driving directions

  • From Hwy 401: take Hwy 25 south to Steeles Avenue, head west on Steeles to Appleby Line, drive south on Appleby Line for 3 km
  • From Q.E.W: take Appleby Line north; 1 km north of Derry Road on top of the escarpment
  • GPS Coordinates: 43.471 -79.913

How much does it cost?

  • Early bird rate: $345.00 (plus HST)
  • Regular rate: $365.00 (plus HST)

This includes: All group equipment (tents, camp stoves, cooking equipment, rock climbing equipment, etc.), food (lunch on Monday through breakfast on Wednesday or dinner on Wednesday through lunch on Friday), complimentary use of a sleeping bag and pad, helmet, harness, climbing shoes, leadership, and camping fees.

  • $150.00 deposit (plus HST) due with registration
  • $195.00 balance (plus HST) due two weeks prior to trip (early bird rate)
  • $215.00 balance (plus HST) due two weeks prior to trip (regular rate)

What to expect on the first day

When you arrive at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area, a BaseCamp representative will meet you at the front gate and direct you to the BaseCamp campsite. BaseCamp staff and your trip leaders who are current students or recent graduates from Brock University will be there to meet you. After all the participants arrive, your trip leaders will give you an overview of what is to come, give you a safety briefing and safety practice lessons, and play a variety of group games. You will finish your first day around the campfire with a hardy meal and a new group of friends.

A typical day on the trip

You will likely be getting up early so that you can make the most of your day at the cliff. Breakfast time is usually filled with conversation and stories of the previous night and prospects for the day ahead. After breakfast, your trip leaders will encourage you to pack your daypack and fill your water bottles so that the group can hike the short distance to the rock climbing site.

You’ll spend your day top-rope rock climbing on one of Ontario’s premier natural rock walls on the Niagara Escarpment. Remember to bring your camera! You will be surprised how quickly you and your trip mates become friends and how fast three days fly-by. Rock climbing, rappelling, hiking, playing Frisbee and football are all part of this exciting BaseCamp experience.

Dinnertime is a very special time of the day. As your trip leaders prepare dinner, you have the opportunity to practice your outdoor skills, help cook, hang out with your new group of friends, read a book, or simple get lost in the beauty of nature. Typically, some of the time after dinner is spent on our orientation curriculum where your trip leaders cover many pertinent topics that will help you, as an incoming student, transition into your first year at Brock University. Our trip leaders are current upper year or alumni from Brock University who can answer questions, offer advice and share some of their tricks they’ve learned to be successful at university! Around the campfire, daylight slips into darkness with a roasted marshmallow and a star-filled sky.

What do we eat?

One of the most common questions we get is, “what will the food be like on my trip?” We are continually working towards refining our menu to serve the best camping food your will ever have, guaranteed! Below is a typical three-day menu for our BaseCamp trips. The menu does change according to the dietary restrictions of our participants, but this should give you a general idea of what to expect.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 1 Not provided Pita bread, peanut butter* and jelly, cheese, fresh fruit (only provided for trips that start at 9am not at 3pm) Fireside build your own pizza and classic smores
Day 2 Sticky Maple Cinnamon Buns, Cold Cereal, and Fresh Fruit Make your own deli style sub, deli meats, fresh veggies, cheese, cookies Fresh Vegetable Stir-fry – carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, tofu, peppers, snow peas, onion, cheesecake
Day 3 Cold Cereal, Oatmeal Make your own wrap, hummus, baba, deli meats, fresh vegies, cheese, granola bars Not Provided

Additional Items

Juice mix, various snack Items, hot chocolate, tea, instant coffee.
*These items will be replaced with a substitute if a participant has a known allergy.

What kind of clothing and equipment do I need?

BaseCamp is able to provide you with all the necessary group camping equipment you will need for your trip at no additional cost. Generally, we say that all you need to bring is your personal clothing, closed toe footwear, water bottles, hygiene items, and a sense of adventure. We’ll send you a detailed rock climbing equipment list before the trip so you know exactly what to bring.

If you have any questions regarding the specifics of the rock climbing trip, contact the BaseCamp office:

Backpacking

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

Travel along the Ganaraska Hiking Trail or the Highland Backpacking Trail in Algonquin Provincial Park which is dotted with lakes and wildlife for five days and four nights with a group of incoming Brock students from across the university. You’ll spend the days hiking, the nights hanging out by the campfire, and you’ll arrive back on campus with a great group of friends and a head start to your academic career. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

How much does it cost?

Early bird rates available on or before July 15, 2017.

  • Early bird rate: $545.00 (plus HST)
  • Regular rate $565.00 (plus HST)

This includes: All group equipment (tents, camp stoves, water filters, cooking equipment, etc.), food from lunch on Monday through lunch on Friday, complimentary use of a sleeping bag, pad and pack, leadership, camping fees and transportation to/from trip locations from Brock.

  • $150.00 deposit (plus HST) due with registration
  • $395.00 balance (plus HST) due two weeks prior to trip (early bird rate)
  • $415.00 balance (plus HST) due two weeks prior to trip (regular rate)

What to expect on the first day

Arriving at the Brock University campus early in the morning of the first day of your trip, you will be greeted by BaseCamp staff and your trip leaders who are current students or recent graduates from Brock University. We generally move pretty quickly that morning to get you on your way. Your leaders will double check that you have all the right clothing, footwear and camping gear as you get into the vans and start your journey. You’ll arrive at your start location on the trail around noon on that first day. After a few group games and safety lessons you will “step off” into your BaseCamp adventure!

A typical day on the trail

Trip days are very different than “at home days” – Your trip schedule will have you travelling to different campsites every day. You will likely be getting up early so that you have time to take down tents while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate as the mist rises off the lake. Breakfast time is usually filled with conversation and stories of the previous night and prospects for the day ahead. After breakfast, your trip leaders will encourage you to have your bag packed so that the group can get into the canoes and on the water.

You’ll spend your days paddling and portaging (carrying canoes, packs and gear between lakes) through Algonquin’s pristine wilderness – Remember to bring your camera! You will be surprised how quickly you and your trip mates become friends and how fast five days can fly-by. Stopping for a swim to cool off, paddling through a swamp to see a mother moose and her calf, exploring a historic logging ruin, or simply catching some rays are memorable parts of any BaseCamp trip.

Dinnertime is a very special time of the day. As your trip leaders prepare dinner, you have the opportunity to practice you outdoor skills, help cook, hang out with your new group of friends, read a book, or simple get lost in the beauty of nature. Typically, some of the time after dinner is spent on our orientation curriculum where your trip leaders cover many pertinent topics that will help you, as an incoming student, transition into your first year at Brock University. Our trip leaders are current upper year or alumni from Brock University who can answer questions, offer advice and share some of their tricks they’ve learned to be successful at university! Around the campfire, daylight slips into darkness with a roasted marshmallow and a star-filled sky.

What do we eat?

One of the most common questions we get is, “What will the food be like on my trip?” We are continually working towards refining our menu to serve the best camping food your will ever have, guaranteed! Below is a typical five-day menu for our BaseCamp trips. The menu does change according to the dietary restrictions of our participants, but this should give you a general idea of what to expect.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 1 Not Provided – Eat on route to BaseCamp drop off location Pita bread, peanut butter* and jelly, cheese, fresh fruit Spaghetti – pasta, tomato paste, onions, garlic, cookies
Day 2 Oatmeal, brown sugar, milk, dried fruit Pita bread, hummus, cheese, snacks, fresh fruit Fresh Vegetable Stir-fry – carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, tofu, peppers, snow peas, onion, pudding
Day 3 Cold cereal, milk, brown sugar Tortilla, crackers, peanut butter* and jelly, cheese, pepperoni Fajitas – tortillas, black beans, cheese, onions, garlic, brownies
Day 4 Fresh baked cinnamon buns, dried fruit Tortilla, hummus, cheese, granola bars Lazy Perogies – noodles, mashed potatoes, cheese, garlic, onions, apple crumble
Day 5 Pancakes, maple syrup, chocolate chips Pita, peanut butter* and jelly, cheese Cookies, Juice on Arrival at Brock University Campus

Additional Items

Juice mix, various snack Items, hot chocolate, tea, instant coffee.
*These items will be replaced with a substitute if a participant has a known allergy.

What kind of clothing and equipment do I need?

BaseCamp is able to provide you with all the necessary group camping equipment you will need for your trip at no additional cost. Generally, we say that all you need to bring is your personal clothing, hiking boots, water bottles, hygiene items, and a sense of adventure. We’ll send you a detailed backpacking equipment list to see what you will need to bring.

If you have any questions regarding the specifics of the backpacking trip, contact the BaseCamp office:

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.

You will spend five days and four nights with a group of incoming Brock students from across the university. You’ll spend the days travelling by canoe, the nights hanging out by the campfire, and arrive back on campus with a great group of friends and a head start to your academic career. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

How much does it cost?

Early bird rates available on or before July 15, 2017.

  • Early bird rate: $545.00 (plus HST)
  • Regular rate $565.00 (plus HST)

This includes: All group equipment (tents, camp stoves, water filters, cooking equipment, etc.), food from lunch on Monday through lunch on Friday, complimentary use of a sleeping bag, pad and pack, leadership, camping fees and transportation to/from trip locations from Brock.

  • $150.00 deposit (plus HST) due with registration
  • $395.00 balance (plus HST) due two weeks prior to trip (early bird rate)
  • $415.00 balance (plus HST) due two weeks prior to trip (regular rate)

What to expect on the first day

Arriving at the Brock University campus early in the morning of the first day of your trip, you will be greeted by BaseCamp staff and your trip leaders who are current students or recent graduates from Brock University. We generally move pretty quickly that morning to get you on your way. Your leaders will double check that you have all the right clothing and gear and you will get into the vans and start your journey. You’ll arrive at your start location in Algonquin Provincial Park around noon on that first day. After a few group games and lessons on canoeing and safety, you will head off on you BaseCamp adventure!

A typical day on the trip

Trip days are very different than “at home days” – Your trip schedule will have you travelling to different campsites every day. You will likely be getting up early so that you have time to take down tents while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate as the mist rises off the lake. Breakfast time is usually filled with conversation and stories of the previous night and prospects for the day ahead. After breakfast, your trip leaders will encourage you to have your bag packed so that the group can get into the canoes and on the water.

You’ll spend your days paddling and portaging (carrying canoes, packs and gear between lakes) through Algonquin’s pristine wilderness – Remember to bring your camera! You will be surprised how quickly you and your trip mates become friends and how fast five days can fly-by. Stopping for a swim to cool off, paddling through a swamp to see a mother moose and her calf, exploring a historic logging ruin, or simply catching some rays are memorable parts of any BaseCamp trip.

Dinnertime is a very special time of the day. As your trip leaders prepare dinner, you have the opportunity to practice you outdoor skills, help cook, hang out with your new group of friends, read a book, or simple get lost in the beauty of nature. Typically, some of the time after dinner is spent on our orientation curriculum where your trip leaders cover many pertinent topics that will help you, as an incoming student, transition into your first year at Brock University. Our trip leaders are current upper year or alumni from Brock University who can answer questions, offer advice and share some of their tricks they’ve learned to be successful at university! Around the campfire, daylight slips into darkness with a roasted marshmallow and a star-filled sky.

What do we eat?

One of the most common questions we get is, “What will the food be like on my trip?” We are continually working towards refining our menu to serve the best camping food your will ever have, guaranteed! Below is a typical five-day menu for our BaseCamp trips. The menu does change according to the dietary restrictions of our participants, but this should give you a general idea of what to expect.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 1 Not Provided – Eat on route to BaseCamp drop off location Pita bread, peanut butter* and jelly, cheese, fresh fruit Spaghetti – pasta, tomato paste, onions, garlic, cookies
Day 2 Oatmeal, brown sugar, milk, dried fruit Pita bread, hummus, cheese, snacks, fresh fruit Fresh Vegetable Stir-fry – carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, tofu, peppers, snow peas, onion, pudding
Day 3 Cold cereal, milk, brown sugar Tortilla, crackers, peanut butter* and jelly, cheese, pepperoni Fajitas – tortillas, black beans, cheese, onions, garlic, brownies
Day 4 Fresh baked cinnamon buns, dried fruit Tortilla, hummus, cheese, granola bars Lazy Perogies – noodles, mashed potatoes, cheese, garlic, onions, apple crumble
Day 5 Pancakes, maple syrup, chocolate chips Pita, peanut butter* and jelly, cheese Cookies, Juice on Arrival at Brock University Campus

Additional Items

Juice mix, various snack Items, hot chocolate, tea, instant coffee.
*These items will be replaced with a substitute if a participant has a known allergy.

What kind of clothing and equipment do I need?

BaseCamp is able to provide you with all the necessary group camping equipment you will need for your trip at no additional cost. Generally we say that all you need to bring is your personal clothing, footwear, water bottles, hygiene items, and a sense of adventure. We’ll send you a detailed canoeing packing list to see what you will need to bring.

If you have any questions regarding the specifics of the canoeing trip, contact the BaseCamp office:

Residence Move In Combo Trip

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.

A true Canadian experience with the option to move into residence at the end of your trip! Join us on a memorable adventure with a group of likeminded individuals as you explore the lakes of Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park. You will spend five days and four nights camping with a group of incoming Brock students from across the university. When you get back to Brock, you will get the chance to camp on-campus and take part in a BaseCamp celebration dinner. Camping on the Brock campus is a once-in-a-life-time event! BaseCamp alumni have a special connection with Brock because they are some of the few people to ever camp on campus. On trip you’ll spend the days travelling by canoe, the nights hanging out by the campfire, and arrive back on campus with a great group of friends and a head start to your academic career. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

How much does it cost?

Early bird rates available on or before July 15, 2017.

  • Early bird rate: $565.00 (plus HST)
  • Regular rate $585.00 (plus HST)

This includes: All group equipment (tents, camp stoves, water filters, cooking equipment, etc.), food from lunch on Monday through lunch on Friday, complimentary use of a sleeping bag, pad and pack, leadership, camping fees and transportation to/from trip locations from Brock.

  • $150.00 deposit (plus HST) due with registration
  • $415.00 balance (plus HST) due two weeks prior to trip (early bird rate)
  • $435.00 balance (plus HST) due two weeks prior to trip (regular rate)

What to expect on the first day

Arriving at the Brock University campus early in the morning of the first day of your trip, you will be greeted by BaseCamp staff and your trip leaders who are current students or recent graduates from Brock University. We generally move pretty quickly that morning to get you on your way. Your leaders will double check that you have all the right clothing and gear and you will get into the vans and start your journey. If you choose to store your residence move in items (all the bags, boxes, mini fridge, etc.,) that you plan to move into residence with, we will help you store them in our storage facility before you leave. All items will be safely locked away while you are on trip. You will have access them the the night you return from trip. You’ll arrive at your start location in Algonquin Provincial Park around noon on that first day. After a few group games and lessons on canoeing and safety, you will head off on you BaseCamp adventure!

A typical day on the trip

Trip days are very different than “at home days” – Your trip schedule will have you travelling to different campsites every day. You will likely be getting up early so that you have time to take down tents while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate as the mist rises off the lake. Breakfast time is usually filled with conversation and stories of the previous night and prospects for the day ahead. After breakfast, your trip leaders will encourage you to have your bag packed so that the group can get into the canoes and on the water.

You’ll spend your days paddling and portaging (carrying canoes, packs and gear between lakes) through Algonquin’s pristine wilderness – Remember to bring your camera! You will be surprised how quickly you and your trip mates become friends and how fast five days can fly-by. Stopping for a swim to cool off, paddling through a swamp to see a mother moose and her calf, exploring a historic logging ruin, or simply catching some rays are memorable parts of any BaseCamp trip.

Dinnertime is a very special time of the day. As your trip leaders prepare dinner, you have the opportunity to practice you outdoor skills, help cook, hang out with your new group of friends, read a book, or simple get lost in the beauty of nature. Typically, some of the time after dinner is spent on our orientation curriculum where your trip leaders cover many pertinent topics that will help you, as an incoming student, transition into your first year at Brock University. Our trip leaders are current upper year or alumni from Brock University who can answer questions, offer advice and share some of their tricks they’ve learned to be successful at university! Around the campfire, daylight slips into darkness with a roasted marshmallow and a star-filled sky.

What do we eat?

One of the most common questions we get is, “What will the food be like on my trip?” We are continually working towards refining our menu to serve the best camping food your will ever have, guaranteed! Below is a typical five-day menu for our BaseCamp trips. The menu does change according to the dietary restrictions of our participants, but this should give you a general idea of what to expect.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 1 Not Provided – Eat on route to BaseCamp drop off location Pita bread, peanut butter* and jelly, cheese, fresh fruit Spaghetti – pasta, tomato paste, onions, garlic, cookies
Day 2 Oatmeal, brown sugar, milk, dried fruit Pita bread, hummus, cheese, snacks, fresh fruit Fresh Vegetable Stir-fry – carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, tofu, peppers, snow peas, onion, pudding
Day 3 Cold cereal, milk, brown sugar Tortilla, crackers, peanut butter* and jelly, cheese, pepperoni Fajitas – tortillas, black beans, cheese, onions, garlic, brownies
Day 4 Fresh baked cinnamon buns, dried fruit Tortilla, hummus, cheese, granola bars Lazy Perogies – noodles, mashed potatoes, cheese, garlic, onions, apple crumble
Day 5 Pancakes, maple syrup, chocolate chips Pita, peanut butter* and jelly, cheese Cookies, Juice on Arrival at Brock University Campus

Additional Items

Juice mix, various snack Items, hot chocolate, tea, instant coffee.
*These items will be replaced with a substitute if a participant has a known allergy.

What kind of clothing and equipment do I need?

BaseCamp is able to provide you with all the necessary group camping equipment you will need for your trip at no additional cost. Generally we say that all you need to bring is your personal clothing, footwear, water bottles, hygiene items, and a sense of adventure. We’ll send you a detailed canoeing packing list to see what you will need to bring.

What happens when I get back to campus after the trip?

Once you are back on campus, you have the opportunity to use our locker room facilities to have a shower and put on a clean change of cloths. After everyone gets organized and situated, we participate in a fun banquet dinner that often includes pizza, snacks, and all sorts of other goodies, the perfect after trip meal! Following dinner, the evening is filled with fun games, an award ceremony, and logistics about moving into residence the following morning. The night before residence move in day we camp as a group on the Brock campus. Over the years, we have had a lot of fun watching the stars, reflecting on the trip, and looking forward to moving into residence the next morning. It is an incredible night at a place you will soon call home.

The morning of residence move in day we are up early. We provide breakfast and load people’s baggage and residence move-in items into vans. Once the items are loaded, we deliver you to your residence, help you register, move your items into your room, and send you into the caring hands of Brock’s residence team! Here is a little secret… As a BaseCamp student, you get to do this before anyone else is on campus. You miss the move-in rush and have lots of time to get yourself organized. Your parents are welcome to come and help. We get a lot of international students and students who live far away from campus who find this move-in option great! Lots of local students also love it!

At this point, your BaseCamp program is done. Don’t worry, the fun isn’t totally over. Remember, because you just spent five days on trip with an awesome group of Brock students, you have a peer group already created before you move into residence. They are a great group of people to rely on and the help you explore your new home. Also, we often connect as BaseCamp Alumni many times throughout your tenure at Brock.

Do you have more questions about BaseCamp?
Review the BaseCamp Frequently Asked Questions

Transition Programs Registration

Personal Information

First Name

Last Name

Email

What is your t-shirt size?

What is your gender?

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?

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 transition 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?

Have you attended any camps at Brock University?

If you have attended any camps at Brock, please select them from the list below. If not, you can move on the next section.




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'd like to meet with Student Accessibility Services, click here

Documentation guidelines can be found on the Services for Students with Disabilities website

You are encouraged to submit documentation no later than two weeks prior to your scheduled Smart Start date to Mary Ann Tierney at mtierney@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.

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:









Athletics Information

Have you already been in contact with a varsity coach at Brock?

Are you planning on participating in a sport at Brock? If so, please select all sports in which you're interested from the list below.
All sports are available for men and women, except where noted differently.

























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?

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.

Select a date for LEAP - Overnight Stay

The registration fee for LEAP is $160.00 (early bird registration before Thursday, June 22 is $140.00)

If you register for more than one transition program (Smart Start, LEAP or BaseCamp), the registration fee is $144.00 (early bird registration before Thursday, June 22 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.

Select a date for LEAP - Day Program

The registration fee for LEAP is $95.00 (early bird registration before Tuesday, July 11 is $80.00)

If you register for more than one transition program (Smart Start, LEAP or BaseCamp), the registration fee is $85.50 (early bird registration before Tuesday, July 11 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 emergency contact's name?

What is your emergency contact's phone number?

Would you like a vegetarian meal?

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

BaseCamp - Rock Climbing

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 rock climbing trips on the beautiful Niagara Escarpment.

Select a date for BaseCamp - Rock Climbing

The registration fee for the rock climbing BaseCamp trips is $412.45 (early bird registration before Saturday, July 15 is $389.85). If you register for more than one transition program (Smart Start, LEAP or BaseCamp), the registration fee is $371.21
Plus, you can reseve your spot on the trip with a deposit of only $169.50.

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.

Select a date for BaseCamp - Early Move-in & Canoe Trip Combo

The registration fee for the early move-in and canoeing BaseCamp trip is $661.05 (early bird registration before Saturday, July 15 is $638.45). If you register for more than one transition program (Smart Start, LEAP or BaseCamp), the registration fee is $594.95
Plus, you can reseve your spot on the trip with a deposit of only $169.50.

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.

Select a date for BaseCamp - Canoeing

The registration fee for the canoeing BaseCamp trips is $638.45 (early bird registration before Saturday, July 15 is $615.85). If you register for more than one transition program (Smart Start, LEAP or BaseCamp), the registration fee is $574.61
Plus, you can reseve your spot on the trip with a deposit of only $169.50.

BaseCamp - Backpacking

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

Select a date for BaseCamp - Backpacking

The registration fee for the backpacking BaseCamp trips is $638.45 (early bird registration before Saturday, July 15 is $615.85). If you register for more than one transition program (Smart Start, LEAP or BaseCamp), the registration fee is $574.61
Plus, you can reseve your spot on the trip with a deposit of only $169.50.

Registration information

Registrations cannot be processed unless accompanied by payment.

Payments will be returned ONLY if we are unable to accomodate 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 payements 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

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

What is your parent/guardian's name?

Just a few more things…

Are you a Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident of Canada?

Your total transition programs price is: