The cost of participating in TREK varies according to the type of trip you choose. Higher program costs reflect the need for specialized group equipment or instructors that are a part of the trip (kayaks, mountain bike guides, climbing gear, etc.). The more expensive options are in no way proportional to the amount of fun and experiential value that all our TREK programs are designed to offer.

Your TREK fees cover the cost of food, lodging, transportation, group gear usage, watercraft rental, instruction, a t-shirt, and administrative costs necessary to run the program.  Depending on the gear required for your trip, you may need to purchase additional personal equipment to attend your trip (sleeping bag, hiking boots, etc.), which may incur additional expenses for trip attendees. 


Adventure TREK Trips
Adirondack Backpack - $725
Adirondack Canoeing - $825
Adirondack Rock & Hike - $825
Lake Champlain Gig Row - $825
Lake Champlain Kayak - $825
Long Trail Backpack - $725
Long Trail Pride Backpack - $600
Mountain Biking - $1000
Vermont Multi-Sport - $825
White Water Adventure - $1000
Service TREK Trips 
Better Burlington - $800
Building Change - $800
Farm & Food - $800
Environmental Conservation & Restoration - $800


Paying for TREK

Payment for your TREK trip is expected at the time of registration. We will not be taking payment during our initial lottery process. Once you recieve word that you were picked through the lottery, you must complete a full registration form, including payment for your trip, to accept your offer. Our system accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express credit cards, as well as e-checks.

If you require financial support to participate in TREK, you will be able to indicate this on your lottery form. Should you receive support, we will let you know before registration, so you can make an informed decision about the cost of the program.

Additional Costs

It should be noted that group gear and technical equipment (except bike rentals) are covered in the cost of your TREK program (tents, stoves, canoes, personal floatation devices…etc) - but individual gear is not (sleeping bags, clothing…etc).

Due to the number of TREK participants, TREKkies must provide their own personal equipment.  We encourage you to view the packing list for the trip(s) you are interested in and be aware of the "must have" items you'll need to be safe and comfortable during TREK. 

On a first come first served basis, limited gear is available to borrow from the Department of Student Life at no cost. Priority is given to students receiving financial support to attend TREK. If you are not receiving financial support for TREK, you may still request rental equipment, but know that supplies are limited.

Please Note: Students must have proper equipment when they arrive at TREK check-in. TREK Leaders will review your packs upon arrival and any missing items will have to be purchased from local retailers prior to departure for your trip. Purchasing listed items at home will avoid additional expense and stress of trying to obtain these items in the limited time available before trips depart.

Financial Support

During the lottery process, all students will be given the opportunity to request a reduced program fee. Requesting financial support will have no bearing on your acceptance to TREK. We may reach out via email if we need additional information.

The Department of Student Life partners with the Office of Student Financial Services to offer as much support as possible. We will include information on financial assistance packages when you are informed of your trip placement, so that you can make a well-informed decision about the cost of TREK. Packages may range from 25% to 100% fee reduction.

Cancellation Policy

If your plans change and you need to cancel your TREK registration, you can do so by filling out this form.

Cancellations made before June 12 will be fully refunded. Cancellations made between June 12 and July 24 will be refunded 50%. Those made after July 24 are not guaranteed and only granted at the discretion of the TREK staff. At this point, 50% refunds are only granted based on our ability to fill vacated spaces in trips.

*All cancellations of registrations paid by credit card (regardless of when the cancellation is made) will be refunded less a 5% credit card processing fee.

Our cancellation policy reflects the challenge, extra work, and sometimes material costs required to fill trips as the summer progresses. Our lottery system followed by our formal registration will allow you time to think through your summer plans and make an informed decision about the trip you have been selected to go on. As we get closer to TREK, our efforts move from registration to preparation to get trips out the door and leaders trained. The more fluctuation we face in our groups during that time, the more challenging it is for us to prepare. We do understand that things come up that are out of anyone's control, so please do not hesitate to reach out and we will talk through them with you. 

TREK Timeline

April 3 through May 7 
Lottery Open

Late May
Notification of lottery acceptance. Will have one week to complete registration. 

Until June 12
Full Refund Granted for Cancellation

June 12 - July 23
50% Refund Granted for Cancellation

July 24+
At this time we are unable to add participants to trips and as such we will not be able to issue any refund. And, we recognize certain situations warrant further consideration. Any refund after July 24 will be at the discretion of Student Life Staff.

All cancelled registrations made by credit card will be refunded less a 5% credit card processing fee.

August 18
Move-in, check-in and kick-off.

August 18 - 23

August 23
Trips return; Participants transition to Orientation!