FAQ's

CONNECT.  SERVE.  IMPACT


1 . When is Reality Camp?^

Reality Camp runs Sunday through Thursday prior to Freshmen Orientation (August 24-28, 2014).  Students are expected to arrive for registration between 1:00pm-4:00 pm on Sunday, August 24th.

2 . What is service immersion?^

Service immersion is an in depth, engaging learning experience focusing on social justice issues. Reality Camp is a fast paced service experience where students are able to immerse themselves in a wide variety of non-profit agencies in Spokane. An incoming student will be living alongside 39 fellow first-year students and 16 student leaders as they participate in various service projects in the Spokane community.

3 . What will I be doing?^

We will be serving at a morning and afternoon volunteer project each day, allowing us to immerse ourselves in a variety of agencies and services that Spokane has to offer. Past activities include helping at a homeless shelter, working in a community garden, playing soccer with at risk youth, and renovating a community center for individuals with disabilities. We also spend the night at Camp Cross on Lake Coeur D'Alene volunteering at the campsite and enjoying the lake. We will also have the opportunity to enjoy a home-cooked meal prepared in the homes of Gonzaga staff and faculty!

4 . How do I register?^

Monday, June 9th 2014, a link to register for Reality Camp will be available on the Reality Camp website. This registration is a lottery system in which students will be randomly selected from a pool of those who have signed up during this week. The cost is $200 for the five day program, which includes meals, housing, various activities, and t-shirts. Students will be informed of their placement into Reality Camp during the following week. Register here.

5 . What can I expect?^

The Reality Camp experience focuses on the concept of simple living, specifically our use of food, transportation, water and technology. With this in mind, we will be eating a simple diet and limiting our use of showers, phones, iPods and other electronic devices. Food allergies and special needs will be accommodated.

6 . Where will I be sleeping?^

Students will be living in on campus GU housing with the exception of 2 nights off campus. Both nights off campus will be spent as an entire group with two local non-profit agencies: the House of Charity in downtown Spokane and Camp Cross in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. Living accommodations will be basic and students will sleep on the floor in the common areas of the residence hall. Student leaders and CCASL staff will be present each evening.

7 . When do I need to be in Spokane for Reality Camp?^

We need all participants to be in Spokane between 1:00pm -4:00pm on August the 24th.  We will finish our activities in the afternoon Thursday the 28th in time for first-year orientation on the following day.

8 . Am I responsible for getting to Gonzaga?^

For those students arriving at the airport, we will provide a shuttle between 1pm-4pm on Sunday August 24th. If you arrive outside of this time frame, you may choose to hire a cab from the airport to arrive at the Gonzaga Campus. For those driving, we will give you further instructions as to the designated meet up point.

9 . When can I check into my dorm room?^

Students can pick up their keys on August 24th. There are multiple options for arrival: you may either move into your dorm prior to Reality Camp on the 24th of August,  on August 28th from 3:00-4:00pm, or with the remainder of the incoming freshman class on the 29th of August. Students are responsible for their own accommodation on completion of Reality Camp for the evening of August the 28th.

10 . Does Reality Camp have a parent orientation?^

Reality Camp does not host a parent orientation. Instead, O-Core will host a parent orientation during orientation weekend.

11 . What are the goals and learning outcomes of Reality Camp participants?^

  1. To encourage leadership in student participants following Reality Camp to build community and lasting friendships amongst incoming first-year students through fun activities and service
  2. To raise awareness about social justice issues such as homelessness, poverty, and marginalization
  3. To engage with CCASL's non-profit community partners in Spokane
  4. To better understand GU's value of service with and for others
  5. To provide support for students to engage in transformative work and reflection
  6. To assimilate sucessfully into the GU community
  7. To Identify at least 3 social justice issues in the local Spokane community
  8. To summarize the work of Spokane's non-profit organizations
  9. To embrace differences by working with marginalized populations
  10. To contribute leadership to CCASL programs and Gonzaga initiatives