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Parent Meetings

As we get closer to Gauntlet, every campus will hold parent meetings. These meetings are designed to answer all your questions and equip you with everything you and your student need to know to have a great week.

From what to pack to where to park, you don't want to miss this meeting. Plus, it's a great chance to connect with the Fuse staff who will be hanging out with your student in Clemson.

Parent meetings will be on June 4, 2023. Closer to the date, check back here for location and times.

Student drop-off and pick-up

Getting several thousand people safely to Clemson is no small feat. Campus drop-off times vary based on campus size and distance from Clemson. Leaving at different times allows students to arrive at the dorm rooms in waves rather than all at once. This makes unloading and check-in safer for your student and saner for everyone involved.

Check back on June 1, 2023 to see the drop-off times for your campus.

How to Follow What's Happening

To get text updates throughout the week, text GAUNTLET PARENT to 30303. Plus, you can follow what's happening on social media.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I contact my student if they don’t have their phone?

To get text updates throughout the week, text GAUNTLET PARENT to 30303. We’ll also post updates all week long on social media. So, if you aren’t following Fuse on Facebook and Instagram, go ahead and do that now. You’ll see when buses arrive as well as pictures throughout the week.

In addition to the text group and social media, we have a Gauntlet Campus Safety line at (864) 501-2782 you can call in an emergency.

If you’d like to follow along with Gauntlet sessions from afar, we’ll make sure you know how to watch sessions online. You’ll get more details about the Campus Safety phone number and info about watching online at the parent meeting.

Why can’t my student take a phone?

We want Gauntlet to be a distraction-free week for students, and few things distract students as much as their phones. Over the years, we’ve found that taking students out of their regular routine opens them up to hear from Jesus in ways they haven’t before.

Do I have to come to the parent meeting if I went last year?

Yes. Every year, we make changes to Gauntlet so each year is better than the last. As a result, there are new details every year that you’ll need to know.

Can my student select their group leader or roommates?

You can request a group leader or roommate on the Gauntlet sign-up form. We do our best to accommodate roommate and group leader requests, but we cannot guarantee students will be in a room with the people they requested.

Will I know who my student’s group leader will be?

Students will learn who their group leader is on the bus ride to Gauntlet. We do this for two reasons: 

  1. We are often finalizing rooming assignments right up until we leave. (For example, if a student wakes up sick on departure day and can’t make the trip, that might change rooming assignments for that campus.) 
  2. We don’t want students to say no to Gauntlet because they didn’t get a certain group leader. We’ve seen so many great friendships start with, “We met when we were in the same group at Gauntlet...” 

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Every room will have no more than four students in a room. All students will sleep in single beds and leaders will sleep in rooms nearby. Campus Safety will monitor dorms at all hours of day and night, plus dorms will be separated by gender. We’re doing our best to keep campuses together, so (hopefully) your student will be hallmates with some familiar faces.

What will students eat throughout the week?

Students are responsible for bringing lunch to eat on the bus on Monday. We will provide all other breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. If your student has food allergies, be sure to note that on their sign-up form.

Where are you guys staying?

Gauntlet students, volunteers, and staff will stay on site at Clemson University in dorm rooms.

Will my student be walking around alone?

No. Students should never be alone. Students’ group leaders are to be with them at all times.

Is there a medical team around in case of an emergency?

Yes! NewSpring medics and Campus Safety teams travel with us to Gauntlet. In an emergency, Campus Safety will get in touch with you.

Can I send my student with medicine?

Yes, if you’re comfortable with your student taking medicine themselves, you can send it with them. If your student needs assistance with their medication, or if they take a controlled substance (such as an ADHD drug or prescription pain pill), medics traveling with us will assist them. If your student is taking a controlled substance, they’ll need to bring their medicine in the bottle from the pharmacy. This lets our medics verify the prescription and dose your student is supposed to take.

What are the dress requirements for my student?

The dress code, along with a packing list, is included in the packet you’ll receive at the parent meeting.

How much money should I send with my student?

We’ll provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day in Clemson. We also encourage students to pack snacks. The primary reason your student would need money is for shopping during free time. Lots of students like to get souvenirs from the Gauntlet Store or a coffee run and snacks throughout the day.

What is the name of the bus company you guys are using?

We use a bus transportation company called Champion.

What is the Gauntlet group leader approval and training process?

All volunteers going to Gauntlet must pass a federal background check, Awareness Training, and an interview. Once volunteers are approved, they go through training before going to Gauntlet.

Can I drop my student off in Clemson or visit my student while at Gauntlet?

Only approved Gauntlet volunteers can be on site with students in Clemson. This is due to the fact that all volunteers must pass a federal background check, Awareness Training, and an interview. Safety is our top priority, so we want to make all our students are safe at all times. Because of this, we ask that students are dropped at their campus to travel together to Clemson and that you wait until your student returns back to their home campus to see them again.

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