The Campus Ruck Challenge is a volunteer initiative for college students to raise awareness and support for Stop Soldier Suicide.
Led primarily by ROTC cadets and veterans on campus, the challenge serves as an opportunity for students to go beyond their comfort zones, show support for the military community, and promote mental health and well-being — all while competing against other schools and ROTC programs across the country.
Rucking is basically walking or hiking with a weighted backpack. It's a common training exercise among service members to improve endurance, strength, and mental toughness — and it's a great opportunity to connect with others.
Teams are encouraged to fundraise for Stop Soldier Suicide as part of their challenge experience and tell others about our life-saving mission. Donations help us provide free mental health and wellness care to veterans and service members of all branches and generations.
Team leaders are encouraged to invite other student groups and campus organizations to join their teams and participate in the challenge. While the challenge is built for ROTC cadets, and our mission primarily impacts veterans and service members, all active student participants are eligible to earn community service hours and challenge rewards.