Where is the BOF Program held?

The BOF Program is held at the Forest D. Brown Conference Center (known as Cowan), a Bucknell-owned retreat facility about 10 minutes from campus. This is a rustic, yet cozy, space that we are so grateful to be able to occupy! There are bunkrooms available for participants, along with full bathrooms and a large living area for socializing. Also at Cowan is a large outdoor space and also hosts our Challenge Course operated by CLIMBucknell.

What is the application process for BOF?

Each student interested in participating in BOF must complete a short application. We have a limited amount of space, and therefore you will be notified of your acceptance status with the program no later than July 15. You will need your BUID, Bucknell email address, and password in order to access the application. Payment is required at the time you apply for the program (either via mailed check or electronic bank payment). If you are not selected for the program, your payment will be returned promptly. 

What is the cost of the program?

The cost is only $300 per participant and includes all food, accommodations, transportation, and other fees associated with the different experiences within the program. There is a limited amount of scholarship money available for those in need who wish to participate. Please contact Chelsea Brown at clb042@bucknell.edu for more information. 

Is there a cancellation and/or refund policy for BOF?

  1. If this program is cancelled for any reason (weather, insufficient registration, etc.), you will receive a full refund.
  2. If you must cancel, you must do so on or before July 20.
  3. If you cancel after July 20, you will be refunded IF we can find a participant to fill the spot. If we are unable to find a participant, you WILL NOT receive a refund. 

What if I have a food allergy or special diet? 

All meals and snacks are provided during the BOF program. Students should not need any additional food or snack items with them for the length of the program. If you have a food allergy or diet of necessity please make note of that on your information sheet after you have been accepted into the program. We will reach out to you individually to discuss your dietary needs and will do our best to accommodate you throughout the program.

What should I wear?

Dress comfortably and for warm weather! A packing list will be included in your welcome packet with recommendations for items such as sneakers, long pants, bug spray, linens or a sleeping bag for your bunk, etc. If you should forget anything for the program, please reach out to the program staff and we will accommodate you as best we can. 

Will I be able to move into my Residence Hall prior to BOF?

Yes! You will be able to check in on the first day of the program beginning around 8 a.m., and will have several hours to unload your vehicle and get settled. You will not have access to your room while you are participating in the program, however, so please make sure you have all items packed away in a separate bag before you join us for orientation.

Will I be able to use my cell phone or laptop during the program?

Cell phone service at Cowan is very limited, so while you may choose to bring your cell phone or other cellular devices to the program, you may not have much time to use them. There is also no internet connection at Cowan. If there is an emergency and a family member needs to be in touch with a participant, please call the University Switchboard at 570.577.2000 and ask for the Assistant Director of Campus Activities & Programs. The Assistant Director will know how to be in touch with the BOFers and will make sure that communication is made as quickly as possible.   


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