FAQs

Q: When is Outdoor Frosh?

A: Outdoor Frosh “In The City” events are August 28-30. Most trips leave early morning on Saturday, August 31* and return in the early evening of Monday, September 2. Check your option page for a detailed itinerary!

*Camping Frosh leaves the afternoon of August 30.

Q: I don’t have a lot of experience in the outdoors. Can I still participate in Outdoor Frosh?

A: Absolutely! As long as you’re excited to take on the wilderness, we would love to have you! Options do not require previous experience* in the activity and involve moderate to strenuous physical activity. If you’re nervous about taking on a new challenge, check out Camping Frosh! It was created as an ultimate outdoor introduction – you’ll learn how to camp, canoe, and hike!

*We expect Whitewater Kayak participants to be strong swimmers and Mountain Biking participants to know how to ride a bike. You do not need  prior kayak or mountain bike experience to participate!

Q: What if it rains???

A: Outdoor Frosh is a rain or shine event! We strongly believe that the outdoors can be fun no matter the conditions. By the end of frosh, we will have convinced you of the same!

Q: What is included in the price of Outdoor Frosh?

A: All transportation, food during the trip, campsite fees, and group gear (tents, stoves, etc) is included in the cost, as well as “In The City” events before the trip, a t-shirt, and a year-long membership to the McGill Outdoors Club! Individual gear such as backpacks, sleeping bags, and sleeping mats are not included. We have some to rent out, but cannot guarantee one for everyone!

Q: How and when can I register?

A: Registration for Outdoor Frosh is done through through McGill’s central frosh registration. You should get an email in late July or early August asking you to register.

Q: Is this run by professionals?

A: No. Our coordinators and leaders are not certified as professional guides or instructors. They are experienced and passionate volunteers dedicated to introducing you to the outdoors community at McGill!

Q: Is this safe?

A: There are inherent risks involved in outdoor sports due to factors outside of our control, like the weather. Our leaders are experienced in making safe decisions in a variety of conditions and at least one coordinator per option has a Wilderness First Aid certification or higher. It is up to you to decide if you are comfortable with the risks of participating in Outdoor Frosh.

Q: I have an anaphylactic allergy or medical condition such as insulin-dependent diabetes or epilepsy. Can I still come on Outdoor Frosh?

A: Absolutely, but please indicate this in the emergency medical information section of the registration form. If you have an anaphylactic allergy, it is your responsibility to bring your EpiPen and know where it is at all times! Feel free to email frosh@mcgilloutdoorsclub.ca with any questions related to the management of a medical condition during Outdoor Frosh and how we can best accommodate you.

Q: Do I need any camping gear? How can I get it if I don’t already own it?

A: If you have camping gear (or can borrow some), please plan to bring it to Outdoor Frosh! Basic camping gear such as a sleeping bag and sleeping mat is required for all options except Mountain Biking (check the packing list on your option page for a full list of what you will need). Thin indoor sleeping bags and yoga mats as sleeping pads are fine if you bring a warm sweater and sweat pants to sleep in.

The McGill Outdoors Club has a limited amount of sleeping bags ($5), sleeping mats ($1), and large backpacks ($5, priority to Hiking frosh participants) available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee one for everyone! To rent you will need to leave a cheque or credit card deposit – see the MOC gear page for more information. Please indicate on your registration form if you are planning to rent from us.

Sleeping bags and sleeping mats can be purchased downtown at Canadian Tire or Atmosphere.

Q: How should I pack for Outdoor Frosh?

A: Check the packing list on your option page for a full list. In general, you will need:

  • Backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping mat
  • Clothes for active use (ie things you would wear to the gym and don’t mind getting dirty)
    • DO NOT bring jeans! They are heavy, hinder your mobility, are not warm, and are not comfortable when wet.
  • One set of warm clothes for night time
  • Sturdy, comfortable sneakers or hiking boots
  • A water bottle (preferably a liter or larger)
  • A bathing suit and towel
  • A tupperware or rez clamshell and eating utensils (all options except Mountain Biking)
  • Toiletries and any medications you take
  • A rain jacket or poncho
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • A headlamp or flash light
  • Sunglasses (warning: might get lost or broken)
  • If there is rain in the forecast, we recommend putting everything that you would like to stay dry in Ziplock bags. To stay organized, make labelled bags for underwear, toiletries, etc. A spare set of socks and underwear in this case will also help (trust us on this one)!
  • Your shining personality and biggest smile!!!

Q: I have all the camping gear it says on the packing list plus extras, and a tent and stove! Should I bring all of that?

A: Absolutely! If you have group gear we can use or extra personal gear to lend to another froshie on your trip, we will give you a gear system credit equal to the club’s rental fee for that item. That means that your next gear rental or membership renewal will be discounted!

Q: I want to do Outdoor Frosh, but I can’t afford it. What are my options?

A: We currently offer one full bursary for participants in need of financial assistance. Look under the ‘bursary’ tab to find out how to apply.

Q: Outdoor Frosh looks great, but I’m worried I’ll miss out on the ‘classic’ frosh experience. Which one should I do?

A: Outdoor Frosh! Before the trips go out we have a great line-up of events to help you explore Montreal and meet like-minded students from all faculties, including an apartment crawl, amazing race, and movie night! You’ll get all the elements of a ‘classic’ frosh experience AND go on a super cool trip that will make all your new rez friends jealous.

Q: My child went on Outdoor Frosh and they haven’t answered my calls or messages since they left! Should I be concerned?

A: No. We encourage froshies to keep their phones turned off and in their backpacks for the weekend to help them engage with their peers and conserve battery in case of emergency. If you have left them messages, they likely will not see them or have time to respond until the end of the trip. If you were listed as your child’s emergency contact, the trip coordinator will contact you in case of emergency. If you urgently need to reach your child and they are not responding, please email frosh@mcgilloutdoorsclub.ca and we will find a way to put you in contact or relay a message.