Eagle Base Camp

June 12-13, 2020

Kick off your JBU experience at Eagle Base Camp

Eagle Base Camp is a fun two-day experience for you and your family that'll help you prepare for your transition to JBU in the fall. You'll register for classes and learn more about the details of being a JBU student.

  • Meet your incoming classmates
  • See your room in person
  • Get academic advising from faculty
  • Register for classes (early!)
  • Pick up your student ID
  • Get to know local churches, businesses and organizations at a community fair
  • Learn more about details like FERPA, making payments and meal plans


Event details


View the schedule.

Cost of attendance

The cost is $50 per person. This will cover the 3 meals and the overnight stay. If you are not going to stay on campus, there is an option on the sign up page to only pay for the things you will attend.

Family guests

Parents and siblings are welcome to attend. They will be housed together in the North Slope Apartments or a Residence Hall.


Students will be paired with other students in Walker, Hutch and J. Alvin Hall. Parents can also stay on campus in the North Slope Apartments or in a Residence Hall.

This is a keyless event, so your room will not be locked. RAs will be on duty to help if you are locked out of your room.

You do not have to stay on-campus, but we highly recommend that all students do. If you choose to stay off campus, check the local accommodations page for places to stay.


Eagle Base Camp is a casual event, so wear comfortable, casual clothes.

Packing list

  • Health insurance information
  • Work-study paperwork: you will complete the I-9 form with Human Resources when you are present on campus. You will need have one original list A document, or one original List B document AND one original List C document to complete this form. (Please see I-9 Acceptable Documents.)
  • Pillow, toiletries, casual clothes

We will provide towels, washcloths, sheets and blankets.

The registration process

There is a department orientation time on Friday and individual advising time on Saturday. You will register for your classes with your advisor during your assigned time on Saturday.

Registration times are based on your deposit date. You will find out your exact time when you arrive on Friday.

Pre-registration paperwork

Pre-Registration Paperwork is a way to speed up the registration process when you come to Eagle Base Camp. By submitting Pre-Registration Paperwork, you'll be able to bypass the lines and register for your classes sooner. Complete your Pre-Registration Paperwork. 

Airport transportation

Limited transportation is available to/from Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) and Tulsa International Airport (TUL).

Getting to know our university offices

We want to make sure you and your parents are familiar with the various university offices you'll be interacting with over the next four years. Several will be presenting during Eagle Base Camp, and these are some resources they've put together for you.


Guest speaker – Kenn Kington

Kenn Kington

Kenn Kington has been a speaker at several of JBU's Eagle Base Camp events and is always enjoyable to hear. His ability to use comedy for outreach and encouragement is cutting edge. Performing for over 25 years, Kenn is one of today's most sought after comedians and sells out comedy concerts nationwide. He offers great comedy with no side effects - no blushing, no cringing, no embarrassing situations or language. In addition, Kenn is the creator of The Ultimate Comedy Theater which is not only touring all over the country, but is also currently in production of its first network TV pilot. His previous three film projects have sold over 30,000 copies and continue to pop up on a variety of cable networks. Kenn is also a regular on XM and Sirus radio.

Kenn consistently customizes his comedy to a variety of corporate audiences with events ranging from 60 to 60,000. He has worked with notable companies such as Marriott, Turner Broadcasting, Bank of America, The NBA, PGA, and many more. His ability to blend a theme or topic with one of today's funniest comedy routines is unparalleled.

A devoted family man, Kenn and his wife of 21 years, Heather, live in Atlanta, Georgia, where they are raising two teen age sons, Graham & Kody, and daughter Kennedy.