About OCRA

First-year students – human, hobbit, elf, or dwarf – are called upon to participate in the “One Credit to Rule them All” Honors Camp to safeguard the One Ring of Power and protect it from the gathering forces of darkness. In this course student teams will learn about the medieval world under five umbrella themes (communication, navigation, the built environment, the natural environment, and conflict resolution) on their quest to create their own fantasy land.


OCRA is a camp for UF Honors students designed as a creative immersion into the drama of Middle Earth as depicted in J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic Lord of the Rings (Peter Jackson’s film version Fellowship of the Ring will get us started). Students will join hobbits, elves, dwarves, and other inhabitants of Middle Earth to preserve their ways of life against the absolutist ambitions of the Dark Lord – and pick up some basic principles of the medieval lifestyle and other important Middle Earth skills (castle building, siege engines, and more) along the way. Student teams will build their own fantasy worlds while competing against each other in various side quests to gain points and safeguard the ring.


As first-year students, making connections is critical. The relationships you form as you complete the OCRA experience with other students who share your interest in this singular fantasy adventure can serve as ongoing “fellowships” that will help you be successful in your endeavors at UF.


  • Students that sign up for OCRA will be enrolled in a one-credit Honors class automatically as part of the experience. This one-credit class will be completed during the time period of the retreat, so there is no need to worry about a conflict with the schedule of another class.
  • Please do not register if you have a time conflict. All honors retreats and course-based camps have conflicting schedules with both sorority rush and marching band.

Registration Info

Summer 2024 OCRA
Dates: August 15 through August 20
Location: University of Florida Campus

Please read the FAQs before registering for OCRA.
The registration date is still being finalized. Incoming students will be informed well before registration opens.

Students living on-campus should move in the morning of Aug 15.

Please contact Dr. Forbes at tforbes@honors.ufl.edu with any questions.

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