CORE is a program for first-year students focused on developing leadership through meaningful outdoor experiences that promote growth within a supportive community. CORE is a sponsored by Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech (ORGT), which is a program of the CRC. 

The goal of CORE is to support a cohort of first-year students by building a community, providing challenging outdoor experiences, developing leadership skills, and creating opportunities for expanded involvement with ORGT.

Applications for CORE 12.0 will be available on this site beginning August 1, 2024. Any first year Tech student is eligible to apply. . Acceptance is limited and based on an essay and in-person interview.

This site will be updated by mid-summer.  Questions can be sent to

CORE 10.0

What Makes Us Unique?

Students in the CORE program:

  • Tackle challenges during outdoor adventure experiences that encourage them to step outside of their comfort zone;

  • Work and collaborate on self-directed projects to develop positive team dynamics;

  • Build positive relationships with other student leaders involved with ORGT;

  • Learn through encounters with a variety of leadership styles;

  • Develop competencies to lead and inspire others.

The Program

The CORE program involves weekly meetings during the Fall and Spring semesters and includes weekend adventure trips, about 1 per month. Trips are structured to promote teamwork and problem-solving. Activities include whitewater rafting, biking, caving, kayaking, cascading, backpacking, Mindfulness Outdoors, and rock climbing.

As a final challenge, ORGT provides resources for CORE participants to propose, plan and implement a multi-day regional expedition under the guidance of experienced ORGT leaders.



CORE 12.0 Leaders (and introducing the CORE 13.0 Leadership Team.)

CORE is led by a team of Georgia Tech students with deep ORGT roots. Commonly known as "COREdinators" within the ORGT community, this team is appointed by a committee of ORGT leaders and full-time staff. They work with the CORE class for the entire academic year.  

CORE 13.0 begins meeting in late August / early September of 2024. 

We are excited to announce the CORE 13.0 leadership team, who actively assume their roles early in July 2024.  Welcome Luke Barnes, Beau Milam, and Randi Sullivan. 


Robyn Bodimeade-Firth

Hey! I'm Robyn and I’m a 3rd-year Mechanical Engineering Major from Milton Keynes, England. 

I’ve enjoyed getting involved with Outdoor Recreation at Georgia Tech (ORGT) through Core 10.0 my freshman year, being the resources chair for whitewater kayaking, and getting the opportunities to go on amazing expeditions such as Tech Treks. I love that ORGT gives me space to connect with people and detach from the stresses of Georgia Tech. When I’m not at ORGT, you can find me making stickers in the Invention Studio, crocheting, and cooking. I’m so excited to meet you!



Roman Vadini

Howdy! My name is Roman and I am a 4th-year Environmental Science Student from Macon, Georgia. I got my start in ORGT as a member of the CORE 9.0 program in my first year at Tech.

I have absolutely loved getting involved and contributing to outdoor recreation. I think it brings so much out of people. I serve as an Instructor in Rock Climbing and an Instructor-in-Training for Whitewater Kayaking. I have had the great pleasure to serve as an expedition leader for the Tech Trek program, and as a team member for a multi-day climbing expedition to Squamish, British Columbia. I spend most of my time either climbing, reading, or hanging out with people! I cannot wait to get to know you!