What are the FOAM dates for 2018?

FOAM will run Wednesday night (7/25) – Saturday night (7/28). FOAM participants will be asked to be in Providence on Wednesday late afternoon/early evening (7/25) for a pre-FOAM get together (plus gear check and trip preparation for FOAM-Out participants). FOAM-Out will be making an early morning departure on Thursday. FOAM-In participants will be asked to show up at 9 AM on Thursday morning. [For reference, MD22 orientation starts on Monday, July 30!]

Who participates in FOAM?

Our goal is to have the whole incoming class participate! This is an awesome and fun opportunity to meet your new classmates before school starts, and your upperclassman leaders are excited to welcome you to AMS. Note that FOAM is not required, but we would be thrilled to get as much of the class participating as possible. Last year 91 members of the class of MD21 participated and had a great time!

I’m not moving into my apartment until August 1. Is there somewhere I can stay before/during FOAM?

Yes! Please reach out to foam@brown.edu and we will work to find you a AMS student host.

I want to do FOAM-Out but don’t have any outdoors experience – can I still go on a trip?

Yes, definitely! We welcome all experience levels on FOAM-Out and offer trips at varying levels of difficulty to accommodate a range of interest and experience levels. We recommend that folks new to the outdoors sign up for one of our campsite-based trips. There is opportunity on the FOAM Registration Form to clarify your hopes and dreams for your FOAM experience!

What is the health insurance requirement for participating in FOAM?

Brown/AMS requires that all students going on FOAM have active health insurance coverage while they are participating (i.e. covered for 7/25-7/28/18). This applies to both FOAM-In and FOAM-Out, and there are no exceptions.

  • While Brown student insurance doesn’t start until 7/30, there are a few potential options to explore if you need to find coverage for the FOAM dates in July, including: 1) purchasing an additional week of insurance through Brown University ($31/week), 2) buying coverage on the RI exchange, 3) utilizing COBRA, 4) extending your employer coverage, 5) getting insurance through a parent’s plan.
  • If you are interested in purchasing insurance through Brown, please email us at foam@brown.edu and we can advise you with the process.