Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Start the Fire 2014 Programs



The Start the Fire: Pre-Fall Program provides incoming Loyola students a unique opportunity to establish meaningful relationships with peers, faculty, and staff prior to the start of classes.

Through these experiences, participants explore a variety of issues including but not limited to: academic success, cultural awareness, outdoor education, leadership development, service, social justice, and spirituality/faith formation, while also developing a deeper understanding of Loyola’s Jesuit tradition and mission.

The Pre-Fall Programs will allow students to start their transition to Loyola with their peers while having a fun time—whether it be at a comedy show, a service site, backpacking through the wilderness, or participating on a challenge course.‌ ‌Find your fire in the table below, and register soon!  Space is limited and goes quickly.

 Seizing Opportunities for Academic Excellence Students who identify as a student of color and/or first generation will learn about the transition to college, gaining tools, sharing stories about personal and academic success, and build meaningful relationships.
 Social Justice in the City Get out into the city right away and make lasting friendships while immersing yourself in the social realities and justice issues facing Chicago neighborhoods. Explore Chicago through service, faith based reflection, and community building while serving various urban ministries in the city.
 Rock Climbing & Sea Kayaing Adventure
(Ramble Outdoors)
Aug. 18-21
Students will rock climb, sea kayak, hike, and cook gourmet backcountry meals, all while living in a sustainable way, while making long lasting relationships and gaining knowledge about Loyola.
 Whitewater Canoe Adventure
(Rable Outdoors)
Aug. 2-10
If you are an eager first time paddler or a seasoned wilderness veteran, this trip is for you. Your time will be spent paddling through wilderness, learning essential outdoor living skills, and cooking gourmet backcountry meals, all while living in a sustainable way  and making friends.
 Community Service Join with other incoming students to serve, explore the diversity and social reality of the local community, reflect upon why you serve, and imagine how you will do so as a Loyola student. During the retreat, we will visit three community agencies.
 Lead for Change Join us for activities focused on values exploration, leadership styles, the interconnectedness between leadership and social justice, and participation in a challenge course. We’ll enjoy our beautiful retreat center, amazing food and conversation, social activities, and an
evening by a camp fire.  
 Go Green with Sustainability You’ll have opportunities to shop at Loyola’s own Farmers Market and make a meal with local, organic produce; work on the Loyola Student Farm at our LUREC campus; and make biodiesel fuel from our cafeteria Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO).


* Registration for Canoe Journey is July 16!