REAL Dayton

The REAL Dayton is a service learning experience during fall break with elements from alternative breakouts, immersions, and retreats, making this experience unique and inspirational.

REAL Dayton involves reaching out, enriching yourself, acting for others and learning about Dayton.

  • The program begins with dinner on campus Wednesday, October 9 at 6 p.m.
  • We leave campus Thursday October 10 at 8:30am and return to campus Saturday October 12 at 9 p.m. See schedule below.

Location: Days spent throughout the city of Dayton and evenings spent at Cricket Hollow Retreat Center in North Dayton.

Cost: $50.00 – includes food lodging, travel, t-shirt, etc.

For more information and/or questions, contact Bro. Brandon Paluch.

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What to expect

Students will be immersed in the city of Dayton to…

  • Learn about Dayton’s assets and needs, Dayton culture, Dayton neighbors, etc. 
  • Lend a helping hand for our Dayton neighbors 
  • Be inspired by those making a difference in Dayton 
  • Discover many cultural centers

Students will have many opportunities for reflecting, learning, building leadership skills, connecting faith to life, volunteering, and acting for justice.

The service projects on REAL Dayton greatly vary—they are selected based on the needs of our community at the time and include serving lunch, sorting food and clothing, assisting at festivals, working in gardens, painting, etc.


5:30-6pm Check-in, McGinnis Center
6pm Welcome and intro to REAL Dayton
6:15pm Dinner
6:45pm Community Building
8:15pm Program information and Closing Reflection Night – stay on campus


8:30am Breakfast at Marianist Hall
9am Welcome and intro to today’s events
9:10am Morning prayer/reflection
9:15am Small group check-in
9:45am Leave for Fitz Center City of Dayton Tour or Service Project
1:15pm LUNCH at Island MetroPark
2pm Reverse of morning – Leave for Service Project or Fitz Center City of Dayton Tour
5:45pm Gather off-campus at overnight location
6pm Large group reflection
7pm Dinner and festivities
9pm Break and small group time
9:30pm Free time Night – stay off campus

8:15am Breakfast
8:45am Morning prayer/reflection
9am Leave for service projects
1pm LUNCH at Riverscape or on site
2pm Begin service projects or visit local cultural sites
5:15pm Gather in Dayton for large group reflection
6:30pm DINNER in Dayton
9pm Large group activity back at overnight location
11pm FREE Time Night – stay off campus

8:15am Breakfast
8:45am Morning prayer/reflection
9am Leave for service projects
12:30pm LUNCH on site
1pm Begin service projects or visit local cultural sites
4:30pm Gather at overnight location
5pm Large group and small group reflection
6:15pm DINNER and festivities
8:30pm Head back to UD