Frequently Asked Questions

When do I arrive for Endeavor Together?

International students are expected to be on Campus by the 18th of August. Domestic students are expected to move into their dorm room on August 19th.

Should I move in with all my things?

Yes, students should bring all their belongings on the morning of the 19th to fully move into their room.

What do I need for my trip?

Check out our gear checklist to make sure you are prepared for your trip! 

Luther College is able to provide some gear if needed. Please fill out the  Gear Reservation Form if you would like to borrow supplies. 

Should I pack for Endeavor before I leave home?

You will go through your gear list with your leaders to make sure you have everything for your trip. To make it easier on yourself it may be smart to pack separately for this week. If you have your own backpacking pack feel free to bring gear in that, otherwise a duffel bag, handbag, etc., work fine as well.

Do I need my phone during Endeavor Together?

No! The majority of the trip locations will not have reliable cell phone reception, and we see this as a great opportunity to become present with yourself, others, and the natural world around you. It is strongly encouraged that students leave their phones on campus during the trips. Leaders will have emergency in-reach devices and a device for pictures. Parents will be contacts by the program director in case of emergency. 

What if I have never been in a canoe or camped?

Prior outdoor experience in camping, hiking, or canoeing is not required. Do not let a lack of gear discourage you from applying, either. There is a variety of gear available to check out, please contact Olivia Helland or Jon Jensen in the Center for Sustainable Communities for more information. Inexperienced campers are highly encouraged to apply. To be sure, you may capsize your canoe in the Upper Iowa, feel the ache in your shoulders as you finish carrying your canoe from one lake to another, and long for a soft mattress, but we think you will find the activity worth it.

As one participant wrote: “This was the best possible way for me to start my college experience. I enjoyed meeting a small group of people right away. I developed a few very solid friendships. It was also nice getting to talk to an upperclassman. This was one of the best experiences of my life and is a great opportunity for incoming freshmen.”

Who are the group leaders?

In addition to providing first year students an adventure-based experience, the Endeavor Together program provides an opportunity for current Luther students to grow their leadership and outdoors skills. All student leaders receive in-depth training, including Wilderness First Aid and Canoe Safety training. Each trip is led by two student leaders.

What is the program cost?

A program fee covers all meals, transportation, activities, rental fee, and rustic accommodations. Costs will vary depending on the program. Financial aid is available for program fees and is based on a student's relative need; cost should not be a barrier to participation. Please fill out the financial aid request form, or contact Olivia Helland for more information.

What is the schedule for the program?

The 2023 Endeavor Together schedule is coming soon!