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Frosh Trip

Fall 2020 Accommodations

OA can accomodate students with many different concerns, including medical issues, religious practices, and internet/technology accessibility. Our goal is to do our best to make this experience as accessible as possible for all students, especially in our current global health crisis. Please contact us to let us know about your specific needs so we can try and find a trip that will work for you.

Rick Curtis

Outdoor Action Director


For Outdoor Trips
Information for Diabetics

Many students with diabetes have participated in the...

Outdoor Action Check-in is after dinner on Saturday, August 27 in Dillon Gym. 

You don't need to bring any equipment to Dillon Gym Check-in. At Check-in you'll meet the other members of your OA group and your OA Leaders. After Check-in you will head over to one of your Leader's rooms to spend the rest of the evening getting to know your group and learning about your activities for the week. 


Here is all the information you need to pack for your Frosh Trip. When selecting gear for the trip, remember that you’ll be in the outdoors for five days, so you’ll want to bring only those things you need to be comfortable. Leave behind what isn’t necessary—extra stuff just adds weight. This equipment list is based on 40 years of experience running Outdoor Action Trips. If you bring ALL the gear on the list and ONLY the gear on the list, you’ll be comfortable in virtually any situation you’ll encounter on Frosh Trip.

Checkout the OA Video to help you pack for your trip:... Read more...

What Participants Have to Say

The most important thing that my frosh trip gave me was a sense of community. Before I went on the OA trip, I didn't really feel like I was a part of Princeton yet. However, the trip gave me a sense of belonging and community. It also gave me friends that I still hang out with!

The Outdoor Action Program us the single most effective socially-oriented program that Princeton offers with regard to the adjustment of new students and the opportunity, throughout one’s Princeton experience, to meet other Princetonians. 

I think that my...

There are so many great moments that happen on Frosh Trip. We've captured some of them in video, photos, and quotes from participants and leaders.

A first year student talks about her Frosh Trip Experience

I was extremely scared about beginning college and the OA trip really helped to allay most of my fears. I got to become really close with a group of 10 people, all of whom I’ve remained friendly with on campus. In the wilderness atmosphere you get the chance to learn so much about these people who all seemed so strange and different. I learned that all ten of us had the same...

This is the general information for all students who will be participating in Outdoor Action Frosh Trip. More detailed information about your specific trip activities and an equipment list for your specific trip will be emailed to you in early August.

Welcome to Princeton Outdoor Action Frosh Trip!

Welcome to Princeton and one of your first Princeton activities—Outdoor Action Frosh Trip ! We hope you’re excited about coming to Princeton, and we’re thrilled that you'll be joining us and hundreds of your classmates on this year’s OA Frosh Trip.  You can look forward to...

The Outdoor Action Frosh Trip is one of the Orientation Small Group Experiences. More information is available on the Path to Princeton website.

The Outdoor Action Program has been welcoming incoming students to Princeton through small-group adventures since 1974. The guiding principles of OA are that a group, working together towards a shared goal, can accomplish amazing things. This year our theme is Expedition 2028, the journey that you all will take together over the next four years. Being part of an ‘expedition’ means getting to know your teammates, sharing your stories and goals,...

All Days

  • Masks indoors & on buses! 

  • Fill up water (3 liters/person + 1 full dromedary bag) before breakfas

  • Meet your group for breakfast in a dining hall of your choosing. If anyone is missing, call/ knock on dorm door 

  • Baker Rink Check-in & Check-out-- Only 1 Leader should come inside

    • be on time! 30 minutes before bus departure or 15 minutes before walking departure

  • Box lunches will be distributed at Baker Rink for bus days & some local days

    • please ask your group about dietary restrictions prior to Baker...

We have put together several different equipment lists to help you prepare and pack for your Outdoor Action small group Orientation program. You primarily just need to bring personal clothing items and OA provides other specialized equipment.These equipment lists are based on over 48 years of experience running Outdoor Action Trips.

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