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Wilderness Survival Camp

Wilderness Survival Camp

June 26 - July 1, 2014

Before you begin your official Hollins educational adventure, you can have an outdoor adventure with the Hollins Outdoor Program (HOP).

The Wilderness Survival Camp is a five-day camping and outdoor adventure trip led by HOP Director Jon Guy Owens.


Who is it for?

Any student with an interest in outdoor adventure who wants to learn wilderness survival skills.


Are there other activities?

Rock climbing, caving and white-water canoeing.


Where will the camp be?

Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School in Catawba, Virginia. Mountain Shepherd is one of the finest wilderness survival schools in the U.S. Here you will gain the experience and develop a higher level of confidence to enjoy any wilderness environment. Dina Bennett from Mountain Shepherd will provide you with skills and knowledge necessary to cope in the wilderness while camping and hiking, or if you are confronted with a wilderness survival situation.


What is the cost?

Includes meals, equipment, and travel from campus to Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School.



Thursday, June 26

  • Arrive on campus and attend Enrolled Student Day
  • Travel to Mountain Shepherd
  • Ice breakers and campfire

Friday, June 27

  • Group orientation
  • Survival skills training
  • Campfire

Saturday, June 28

  • Rock climbing at Bozoo, West Virginia
  • Campfire

Sunday, June 29

  • Caving at Tawney's Cave
  • Making survival bracelets

Monday, June 30

  • Canoeing on the New River
  • Last campfire

Tuesday, July 1

  • Return to campus
  • Make plans to come back in the fall!


How to register

Open the pdf of the brochure, fill out the registration form, and return it with payment to the address indicated. Registration deadline: June 5, 2014.


Trip leaders

Jon Guy Owens

Jon Guy Owens has directed the Hollins Outdoor Program since 2001. He studied recreational therapy at Western Carolina University and obtained a graduate degree in environmental and experiential studies at Radford University. He holds certifications from the American Mountain Guiding Association and Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, and is an instructor for the Wilderness Education Association and a Wilderness First Responder.

Dina Bennett Dina Bennett, vice president and instructor for Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School, began her career in the corporate world, where she trained and coached sales staffs. All of that changed in 2006 when she went to her first survival course, which sparked an appetite for new challenges and new adventures. Her greatest satisfaction comes from sharing that drive for adventure, self-confidence, and empowerment with others.
Mae Collins Mae Collins is a member of the Class of 2017. She is an environmental studies major with an international studies minor. She currently lives in Richmond, VA on her family's organic farm. This fall she will be serving as vice president of HOP (Hollins Outdoor Program) Hall, co-president of the Community Garden Club, a member of the Wilderness Adventure Club (WAC) as well as a member of the paddling team for the Women of Hollins Outdoor Athletics (WOAH). She will also be an orientation team leader this fall. She loves to knit, read, and be outdoors - especially in the garden here on campus!


For more information:

Jon Guy Owens, Director
Hollins Outdoor Program
(540) 362-6456