FAQs

Who should apply for Fall Line South’s courses? 

Self-motivated, adventurous high school students, ages 14-18, and those 18 and over (college students or gap-year students) are encouraged to apply for one of our Bartram Fellowships.

If you like to work hard and play hard; if you want to learn about the natural world while living in it; if you want to explore the outdoors with a community of diverse, intelligent, fun-loving teachers and students – then Fall Line South is for you!

Do I need a background in camping, outdoor skills, or canoeing to take a Fall Line South course?

Nope! You will learn all you need to know on the course, and our knowledgeable instructors are always available to answer questions and provide support for newcomers to the outdoors and experienced outdoorsfolk alike.

What will I need to bring? 

See our packing list for information about required and suggested supplies that students will need to provide and are not included in the comprehensive program fee, as well as tips on what NOT to bring.

Can I bring my cell phone?

We ask that all students leave their cell phones at home. All instructors will have cell phones for emergency purposes, and can be in touch with parents as needed.

How safe is the course? 

Very. Safety is our number one priority in taking students outside. All instructors are highly experienced campers and paddlers, and at least two instructors on site at all times are certified in First Aid and CPR. Please see our Risk Management policy in your Enrollment Packet for more information.

What does the program fee cover? 

The comprehensive program fee covers tuition, camping fees, meals, transportation between field sites, shared/group gear (such as canoes), and all instructional materials. It does NOT cover personal gear, supplemental snacks, or any other personal items. Please see the Packing List for more information about what students will need to supply for the course.

What meals are provided? 

Fall Line South provides healthy, simple vegetarian meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that can be easily prepared (by the students) while in a low-maintenance camping setting (i.e., with a couple of propane cook stoves and basic camp cooking equipment). A typical day might look like this: 

  • Breakfast: oatmeal/granola with nuts and dried fruit; hard-boiled eggs
  • Lunch: bagels and peanut butter or cheese; apples
  • Dinner: beans and rice or pasta main dish; veggies

Unfortunately, we are not equipped to meet any special dietary requests (with the exception of students with documented food allergies). With this in mind, we encourage students –if they wish to — to bring their own supplemental snacks and any other special nutritional needs that they can easily pack, store, and manage during the course. Because we will have very active, full days, students will need to eat at every meal. Energy bars, granola bars, and trail mixes with nuts and dried fruit are great examples of easy-to-pack snacks for the trail or tent!

Do you offer Scholarships or Financial Aid? 

Limited financial aid for our regular students (ages 14-18) may be available. Requests for financial aid will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and requests for financial aid have no effect on an applicant’s prospects for admission. In order to be considered for financial aid, please contact the school directly. If you are a college-aged student, please visit our Bartram Fellows page to find out about our deeply discounted rates for Bartram Fellowships.

What if I (or my son or daughter) has to withdraw from the course after being accepted? 

Cancellation notification must be made in writing. Refunds will be given if cancellation is two weeks prior to the course start date (minus a $100 nonrefundable deposit and $25 application fee). Refunds for family or medical emergencies will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Cancellations received less than two weeks out, and no shows, will be subject to full payment.

If you still have questions, please Contact Us!