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Biking is a great way to Explore!

Bike trips are at the heart of Outdoor Action, not yet in numbers, but definitely in spirit. Traveling along the Potomac River in Maryland and through the Cumberland Gap in Pennsylvania, OA bike trips are all about the journey, not just the destination.  In small groups of about 10, including leaders, the students travel roughly 30-40 miles a day. Depending on terrain, which is generally flat with some challenging but rewarding climbs, this usually takes about 5 hours a day, with plenty of stops for water, snacks, and games along the way....

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We encourage all incoming Freshmen to sign up for the OA Frosh Trip. It's the best decision you can make about starting your four years at Princeton.
Registration Process

The online registration form will be available in late May. You will need your Princeton University NetID and password in order to login to the application. 


Registration Instructions

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Outdoor Action is now an integrated part of Orientation. There is no fee to participate.

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What Participants & Leaders say about Frosh Trip




Orientation 2017 - September 2 - September 12 - Tentative Dates
  • Late May 2017: Online Registration for Small Group Orientation Experiences: Outdoor Action, Community Action, Fall Student-Athletes

  • Saturday, September 2: Arrival for Class of 2021

  • Saturday, September 2 - Sunday, September 3: Orientation

  • Sunday, September 3: OA Check-in at 6:30 PM - meet your group and...
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Let the water carry you down stream!

On Canoe trips, all of the group camping gear, food, and personal equipment get piled into the canoes and are carried downstream by the current as you paddle along.  Canoe trips paddle down the Delaware River, passing through New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania (and some groups cross "Tri-State Rock" at the junction of all three states). Canoe mileage varies depending on how quickly the stream is flowing, but usually 4-8 hours/ day are spent on the water.


OA provides all of the canoe specific equipment that the group will need--canoes,...

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A Grab-bag of Summer Camp Activities!

Stationed at a summer camp facility in northern New Jersey, Outdoor Adventure trips offer the iconic OA small group experience without the full immersion into camping life.  Groups spend the week at the Princeton Blairstown Center, sleeping in tents each night and having access to the camp's bathhouses.


Groups participate in a variety of activities, from day hikes in the neighboring Delaware Water Gap and service projects at local environmental centers, to traditional "summer camp" activities on the camp property.  Most groups will...

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On a backpacking trip, you may experience the beautiful pine trees of the Green Mountains of Vermont, the rolling hills of Shenandoah National park, or the rocky ridges of the Black Forest.  Each day, the group will travel to a new campsite, encountering scenic overviews, beautiful waterfalls, and refreshing swimming holes along the way.  In addition to these nature-inspired rests, groups pause mid-day for a communal picnic lunch and throughout the day for games and GORP breaks.


The majority of our trips (50+) involve some degree of backpacking, and the exact experience...

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Rock Climbing trips spend 1-2 days learning the basics of outdoor rock climbing.  The experienced climbing leaders will teach you everything you need to know: from how to put on a climbing harness to how move up the rock wall.  On the climbing days, you will have the opportunity to challenge yourself and try different routes, and also encourage the other members of the group as they tackle their own challenges. If you get hooked on Rock Climbing after a climbing on Frosh Trip, you can visit the OA Climbing Wall back on campus for free Open Hours several days a week, or sign up...

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These trips bring students of all backgrounds together on easy backpacking trips which explore human interaction with the natural world and how nature is reflected in different cultures. Students will explore how different traditions connect with nature through discussion, nature exploration, meditation and yoga. You will hike from 3–6 miles a day with lots of time for nature exploration and activities. (~4–6 hours) (1-2 trips)

The Frosh Trip Photo Reunion has been rescheduled!
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, September 28 in Frick Chemistry Lab*
*rescheduled to avoid conflicting with Monday's Presidential Debate
 
Nothing could be more fun than getting back together with your group! Come hang out and share your photos. If you have photos that you took with your own camera, bring them on a flash drive or bring your SD card so that we can get a copy (and feature you on the OA website!).
 
Wednesday, September 28 - Frick Atrium
Photos, Food & Fun!
 
7:30 pm - 8:30pm: Harriman (H), Connecticut (CT... Read more...