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OA Reunions Activities

Friday, May 20

Foundations of Effective Leadership
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building, Bowl A17

Princeton graduates serve in countless leadership positions around the world from entrepreneurs to teachers, directors to parents. Understanding the traits and behaviors that make leaders effective is critical for any organization, and applies to students on campus and alumni in the world at large. Join us for a panel that brings together experts on leadership and Outdoor Action alumni from academics, business, government, the non-profit sector and current OA student leaders to explore what makes leaders effective and how to enhance your own leadership.

Outdoor Action Alumni & Friends Reception
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building 117 Forum

Catch up with old friends from more than forty-eight years of OA and learn about the new OA+ programs during the academic year and how OA is bouncing back from the pandemic. OA director Rick Curtis ’79 and Program Coordinator Caroline S. Perkins ’14 will be there to give you the latest news.

Sunday, May 22

Outdoor Action Leaders & Friends of OA Breakfast Reception
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Chancellor Green Rotunda

Outdoor Action Leaders and Friends from all classes are invited to join us for our annual breakfast reunion event. Come meet with old friends and learn about the new OA+ programs during the academic year and how OA is bouncing back from the pandemic. Outdoor Action Program. Continental breakfast will be served.

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Welcome Class of 2026!

Outdoor Action is part of the Small-group Experience element of Orientation


We are so excited that you’ll be participating in the Outdoor Action (OA) Program for your small-group orientation experience. The Outdoor Action Program has been welcoming incoming students to Princeton through small-group adventures since 1974.

To help you prepare for the unique adventure you will have during the next four years, we have developed a special virtual program for this year that combines getting to know your new classmates, learning about Princeton from your upperclass OA Leaders, and experiencing a bit of ‘virtual adventure.’

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Leadership Starts Here!

The Outdoor Action Leader Training Program is focused on developing leadership in every student regardless your level of previous leadership or outdoor experience. If you want to take the next step in becoming a more effective leader, sign up for Leader Training over Fall Break, Wintersession, Spring Break or spread out during the spring semester. The Leader Training Program is free to all students.

All students are encouraged to participate in OA Leader Training, whether or not you want to lead OA trips. We are looking for dedicated students who want to intentionally develop their leadership skills to be leaders at Princeton and beyond. In OA we don't just talk about leadership, we place you in real situations where you get to practice leadership and receive feedback that will help you be a better leader.

Leadership Skills you'll develop include:

  • Judgement & Decision Making
  • Giving & Receiving Feedback
  • Bystander Intervention Skills
  • Creating effective learning sequences
  • Learning how to challenge yourself and others


Explore Princeton Outdoors!

OA Local Hikes Series: The Institute Woods

The Institute Woods is 500 acres of woodlands, trails and open space just 1.5 miles from campus, on the other side of the golf course. It is a spectacular place to go immerse yourself in nature within walking distance of campus.We'll go over how to get there, the layout of trails & how to navigate them using your phone, some of the amazing wildlife and trees that are there, and give you the maps you'll need to run your own easy hike. A typical walk will take about 3 hours and cover about 5 miles. Come learn about this great resource you can access anytime. Register for the Zoom presentation




All About Outdoor Action

Outdoor Action (OA) is Princeton's outdoor education and leadership program. Each fall OA provides a multi-day outdoor orientation experience for the incoming first-year class. During the academic year, OA offers trips and events open to the entire Princeton University community through activities like hiking, backpacking, canoeing, and rock climbing as well as speakers and films, instructional classes on outdoor skills, and leadership development workshops. OA also runs the Outdoor Action Climbing Wall, an indoor rock climbing gym and training facility. OA provides open hours for climbing when classes are in session as well as instructional classes for beginners. OA trips and activities are led by students who have completed the OA Leader Training program, a comprehensive leadership development program that will teach you how to effectively manage any group or team and teach you all the outdoor skills you need to know to be comfortable in the outdoors. OA Leader Training is open to all members of the Princeton community and is free for undergraduate and graduate students. The OA Leader community is the largest leadership program on campus and welcomes everyone interested in developing leadership skills to serve others. No prior outdoor experience is required to participate in the OA Leader Training program or any OA activity. We can provide you with the knowledge and the equipment to explore and enjoy the outdoors. OA also operates an outdoor equipment rental facility if you want to rent equipment for going on your own trips.


Become part of the Largest Leadership Organization on Campus

Outdoor Action Leader Training is starting up for the spring. We are the largest leadership training program on campus and the experience that you get leading for OA is invaluable. We are looking for the most diverse group of students to become the next generation of OA Leaders. You don't need to have any previous experience in the outdoors or even to have gone on the OA Frosh Trip. We can teach you everything you need to know to be an effective leader both on campus and in the outdoors.

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