Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
The GOAL Program is an acronym that stands for Group Orientated Achievement and Learning. Challenge and initiative activities are used to facilitate learning. Activities can be catered to strengthen group cohesion, group processing, interpersonal relationships, or individual members' self-awareness and confidence levels.
Submit your request by completing a GOAL Application.
GOAL Program fees are based on your group's university classification, and the size of the group. An exact pricing breakdown can be found here.
Wear what you are okay getting dirty in. Some activities may require you to be on the ground. If your program is in the summer, you will sweat!
- Comfortable, closed-toed shoes
- Long shorts or pants - the harness is prone to chafe with direct skin contact
- Rain gear (jacket,slicker, etc.) if necessary
- No dangling ear jewelry or rings (or anything that could be broken)
- Health History Form
- Participation Release and Indemnity Waiver (Minor)
- Participation Release and Indemnity Waiver (Adult)
Consider the following:
- 1-2 Liters of water
- Extra water for your group, especially in the summer months.
- Ice chests are best, as water bottles can be filled on-site.
- Insect Repellent
- Hat, baseball cap, etc.
Being outside and interacting with nature comes with all sorts of interactions with various flora and fauna. Listed below are possible occurrences at University Camp, or elsewhere outside in Texas:
- Texas Bull Nettle: Usually one to three feet high with several stems that enables the plant to thrive even in the hottest part of the summer. Leaves alternate two to four inches, divided into five leaflets; crinkled in appearance and covered with stinging hairs. If any part of the stem is broken, a milky sap appears, and some people are allergic to this as well as the sting of the hairs. The flower consists of five to seven white, petal-like sepals, united below. The white flowers are mostly harmless but the remainder of the plant is loaded with trouble. If one brushes against the leaves, they will feel the mean sting for 30 to 45 minutes.
- Poison Ivy: Leaves of three, let them be! The leaves of poison ivy plants release urushiol when they're bumped, torn, or brushed against. (When the resin is released, the leaves may appear shiny or you may see black spots of resin on them.) Once released, urushiol can easily get on skin.
- Armadillo Holes: Sometimes hard to spot until you’ve fallen; they are about 6-12 inches wide and usually pretty deep.
- Fire Ants, chiggers, wasps, etc: We will be outdoors and with that come the critters, just keep your eyes open.
- Cell phones, pagers, anything that could be distracting to the group, or lost/broken
- Purses, wallets, jewelry, etc.
No, but your group is welcome to bring a bagged lunch, or Texas State can provided catering for your group! Catering can be organized by Texas State Dining. Additionally, any other company is allowed to deliver food to University Camp if your Program Staff are given notice.
We recommend eating before or after your scheduled program time; time spent eating during your scheduled program time will not be rescheduled or added onto the program.
Yes! However, you will be required to reserve a Day Use site at University Camp for your group to stay any longer than the scheduled GOAL Program time frame. When submitting your Program Request, make note that your group would like to reserve a Day Use Site at University Camp as well.