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.

What Makes Us Unique?

Students in the CORE program will:

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

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

  • Build positive relationships with other students;

  • Learn through encountering 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 every 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 participants to propose, plan and implement a multi-day regional expedition under the guidance of experienced ORGT leaders.

CORE Leaders

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. 

Taylor Wilmot

Hey! I’m Taylor and I am a 3rd year Psychology major & Health and Medical Sciences minor from Suwanee, Georgia. I’ve enjoyed getting involved with Outdoor Recreation at Georgia Tech (ORGT) through CORE 9.0 my freshman year, rock climbing, and opportunities such as leading Tech Treks, but my favorite part of ORGT is the people. I love that the ORGT community is such a unique place to learn others' individual stories as you create new ones together! Outside of ORGT you can always find me baking a new recipe, playing piano, or outdoors at any speed whether that's running, swimming, or just enjoying a long walk with my dog. I can’t wait to see you all at Tech, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Elliot Hodge

Hi! I’m Elliot and I am a 4th year Biochemistry major from Yardley, Pennsylvania. I came to Tech as a transfer student and became involved in Outdoor Recreation at Georgia Tech (ORGT) mainly through bikepacking and mountain biking. I love volunteering with ORGT because of the opportunities to gain leadership experiences, meet new people, and go outside. I’m also passionate about sustainability initiatives and wildlife conservation. In my free time, I enjoy running, cheering on my Philly sports teams, exploring Atlanta by bike, and telling everyone I meet about Wawa. I’m so excited to meet you and be a part of your journey at Tech!