We are very excited about the upcoming elective. The schedule is coming together and we've got some great opportunities for you to learn from some very experienced wilderness medicine practitioners. We do have 1 spot available so if you know of anyone else who wants to join please email me ASAP.
After reading this document please feel free to send me any other questions you may have!
Travel plans: If you haven't added your travel plans to the google document please do that ASAP! Students being picked up - someone will be there with a WMS Elective Sign in the baggage claim area. We'll be relying on those of you who are driving to help with airport pick ups!
Rafting: The first Saturday will be spent rafting. If you have wetsuit/ drysuit please bring it. Otherwise there will be gear available to borrow. The cost of the this trip is included in your tuition. We are finalizing options for camping Friday night prior to the rafting trip, but this is the tentative plan. Hotsprings are also a strong possibility - so bring a bathing suit!
Accommodations: We will all be sleeping in a large lodge building which has a several rooms with bunk beds and you'll be divided by gender amongst the rooms. Typically students bring sleeping bag, however twin sized sheets might be nice to cover the mattress. If you are coming by car it might be nice to toss in an extra power strip or short extension cord - as there are limited electric outlets for everyone to use to charge phones, computers, etc. The lodge is heated and bathrooms are located inside. Many evenings are spent here so group games might be fun. There are also hiking trails on the premise.
The camp prohibits all alcohol and drugs on site. This is a policy that is taken very seriously and if you are found with alcohol or drugs you will be asked to leave. Tobacco is discouraged and can only be used outside. Students do chose to leave camp in the evenings and head to town to socialize. Grocery stores, laundry facilities, walmart/ target, etc are available nearby.
Food: As on the schedule most meals are provided. Feel free to bring some snacks. There is usually hot water and coffee available during lectures. Travel mugs might be a nice if you have one :)
Schedule: The schedule is a work in progress. I'm including a link to the current schedule so you'll all have an idea of what to expect. Flexibility is key as with winter weather speakers' travel plan can be disrupted. We'll try to ensure you have enough free time for socializing, exercise, relaxing, etc. You can plan on the grey areas labelled off being off. There will likely be a few hours here and there that are also off - and that will be finalized as we get final confirmations on some last minute speakers.
Day to day: Every day you will spend time outside doing field training and scenarios so dress appropriately. Weather can range from sunny and 60s to snowy and teens - or 40s with rain. Hats, gloves, rainwear, clothes you don't mind getting dirty, lots of layers, synthetic clothing. This is not a clinic - so dress functionally and comfortably. The classroom can be chilly - so be prepared - a big puffy jacket might be your best friend!
Internet: Camp Wesley Woods is a remote camp. Internet access is SOMETIMES available, however is VERY slow and is usually best for just email. If you haven't finalized match lists, etc I'd suggest doing this prior to the elective. Student have gone to town to use internet for this in the past.
Phone Coverage: Cell phone coverage can also be spotty. Verizon tends to work the best of carriers, however there are certain places it works better. Therefore please see below for emergency information.
Here are camp directions and emergency contact information:
Stephanie Lareau: Elective Director: StephLareau@gmail.com (704) 661-0083 or (540) 759-4724
Erin Meyer: Elective Director: .570-951-9033, firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Edelstein: Elective Director: email@example.com 917-399-4747
Rob Worthing: Backpacking Director: firstname.lastname@example.org 207-272-3048.
Camp Wesley Woods is located in Townsend, Tennessee just minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and within easy driving distance of Interstates 40 and 75.
Our address is:
329 Wesley Woods Road
Townsend, TN 37882
From Knoxville there are a number of ways to get here:
Interstate 40/75 to U.S. 321: Exit I-40/I-75 onto U.S. 321, through Maryville toward Townsend (The Smokies). At Walland, turn left across bridge, then stay right. Wesley Woods is approximately 4.5 miles on the left.
Interstate 40 to U.S. 129: Exit I-40 at U.S. 129 (Alcoa/Airport exit) to U.S. 321, through Maryville toward Townsend (The Smokies). At Walland, turn left across bridge, then stay right. Wesley Woods is approximately 4.5 miles on the left.
Interstate 40 to Interstate 140, to U.S. 129: Take I-40 to I-140 (Pellissippi Parkway), to U.S. 129 , to U.S. 321, through Maryville toward Townsend (The Smokies). At Walland, turn left across bridge, then stay right. Wesley Woods is approximately 4.5 miles on the left.
Emergency Line: Dial 864-448-2246 and when asked for an extension, choose the emergency line option. The call forwards to an on-call staff member.
After-Hours Emergency: If the need arises to call out from a landline during business hours, the office will be available for calls. If after 5pm, an emergency phone is located directly outside the office, and is properly labeled as an "emergency phone."