The precursor of Hokie Camp can be traced back to the early 1990s. Then an informal, student-run effort to welcome new students to Virginia Tech, the original program was held at the 4-H camp in Front Royal, Virginia, and was active until 1995.

Hokie Camp as we know it now was created by Zenobia Lawrence Hikes, Vice President for Student Affairs at Virginia Tech from 2005 until her death in 2008. The current program was designed as an extended orientation transition program based on current best practices.

Hikes challenged students, “Don’t just come to Virginia Tech to learn. Come to lead. The world is waiting on your special talents – your legacy.” Hokie Camp was based on this idea that, at its absolute best, a Virginia Tech education is world changing and steeped in leadership and service to others.

Ten years later, we hold this mission closer than ever, creating Hokie Camps that encourage students to be actively involved in their Virginia Tech experience. We aim to create a transition that is holistic, highlighting and exploring diversity and inclusion, service-oriented living, history and tradition, wellness and health, and authentic community.

  • Hokie Camp is created.

  • The inaugural session at the Skelton 4-H Center at Smith Mountain Lake is attended by 163 students.

  • Two additional sessions of Hokie Camp are added, bringing the total to three.

  • To accommodate growth, a fourth Hokie Camp session is offered.

  • First year Summer Academy students are able to attend as part of their Summer Academy experience.

  • Hokie Camp serves more than 1,000 students for the first time.
  • For the first time, a July session of Hokie Camp is offered for all incoming students.

  • Hokie Camp celebrates its 10th summer with a renewed commitment to tradition, community, and new Hokies’ ability to lead and serve.

  • Growth continues and a fifth session of Hokie Camp is added.

  • The first session of the Blacksburg On-Campus Edition of Hokie Camp is created.