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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many participants can participate in Steppin’ Out?

    We have 40 slots open.

  • What training have Steppin’ Out leaders received?

    Each leader has participated in at least 16 hrs of training, which consists of a plethora of leadership, designing outdoor experiences, and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion training. Each leader has also been trained in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR AED by a licensed professional. They have also had a six-day technical skills training to prepare them for hiking/walking, basic camp craft skills, and scouting the areas we will be using for the experience.

  • How long is Steppin' Out?

    If we are in our “Off-Campus” model there will be one night spent on campus either at the beginning or at the end of the experience. The rest of the nights we will be sleeping outside in a Bivy sack (for COVID-19 protocol) at our base camp. Of course, aspects of this are always subject to change as we are working with the outdoors. For the “On Campus” model, we will spend every night on campus and you will have access to your residence hall room. There is however the opportunity to sleep outside in sleeping bags and pads on the quad every night. Willamette has gender-neutral bathrooms in every building and on most floors; campground bathrooms are gender-neutral. 

  • What does going to the bathroom look like?

    If we are doing our “On Campus” model, any on-campus bathroom can be used. We won’t be away from school bathrooms for long and most spots have a close public restroom as well. Willamette has gender-neutral bathrooms in every building and on most floors.

    If we are doing our “Off-Campus” model, there is a public campground restroom. When we are out during the day bathrooms will be more natural based as needed. Campground bathrooms are gender-neutral. 

Willamette University

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Putnam University Center, Second Floor
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6447 voice
503-370-6407 fax