While students may have their cell phones on registration day, we ask that students not take cell phones (or tablets, e-readers, etc.) with them on course for several reasons. First, they detract from the intention and atmosphere of the trip. We encourage students to be inclusive, participating, and present, not on phones or screens. Second, they will not work in most of the areas we will be traveling through. Finally, staff members will have satellite phones with them in the case of emergency.