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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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Stay at a local, sustainable farm!

These small farms are family-run and always in need of a helping hand (or 20!) to assist with farm tasks, and will teach you everything you need to know: from how to help in the field, to why any of your hardwork on a local farm matters!


Every morning, the group meets with the farmers and learn about the tasks for the day: harvesting potatoes, sorting onions, weeding new plants, etc.  While working alongside the farmers and other members of your OA group, you'll learn about sustainable farming practices and local food movements.  You'll...

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A Grab-bag of Summer Camp Activities!

Stationed at a outdoor education center in West Virginia, Outdoor Adventure trips offer the iconic OA small group experience without the full immersion into camping life.  Groups spend the week at the outdoor adventure center, sleeping in bunks in Yurts each night and having access to the camp's bathrooms and showers. Outdoor Adventure trips are an excellent way to bond with your group as you experience a variety of outdoor activities in a relaxed setting.  Each day will bring a new adventure as you explore a different activities:...

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On a backpacking trip, you may experience the beautiful pine trees on the Green Hills of Connecticut, 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 stop around mid-day for a communal lunch and throughout the day for games and snack 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)

Explore Day Hikes in Harriman State Park!

Based out of a campground in Harriman State Park, Basecamp & Hiking Trips will introduce you to the basics of camping, while retaining some of the comforts of frontcountry life.  The campground has bathrooms and showers for personal needs, and picnic tables and water pumps to make cooking and eating easier. 


Because of the campsites' central location, time spent transporting gear is kept to a minimum. Each day will be another adventure on a day hike to some of the most specatular places in the park, returning to the campground each night...

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