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Frosh Trip - Information for First Year Students

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

Register for the Orientation Small Group Experience at Matriculation Online





The OA Orientation Small Group Experience



Orientation 2019 - August 31 - September 10
  • Late May 2019: Online Registration for Small Group Orientation Experiences: Outdoor Action, Community Action, Fall Student-Athletes

  • Saturday, August 31: Arrival for Class of 2023

  • Saturday, August 31 - Sunday, September 2: Orientation

  • Sunday,...
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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...

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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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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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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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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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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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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)

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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Dates for the Princeton Class of 2023
The Online Registration will be available online to all incoming students in late May when the Matriculation Portal goes online. Students will need their University NetID and Password to access the online registration.
Orientation 2019 - August 31 - September 10
  • Late May 2019: Online Registration for Small Group Orientation Experiences: Outdoor Action, Community Action, Fall Student-Athletes

  • Saturday, August 31: Arrival for Class of 2023

  • Saturday, August 31 - Sunday, September 2: Orientation

  • Sunday, September 1: OA...
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OA can accomodate students with many different issues. Our goal is to do our best to make this experience as accessible as possible. 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
609-258-5621


Information for Diabetics

Many students with diabetes have participated in the trip or led trips. These are a few things we have learned over the years to help you have a good week on the trip.


Insulin Storage

The late August and early September often leads to huge...

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Outdoor Action considers running healthy trips an essential part of our mission. We will work with you to identify a trip that's right for you based on any previous experience, your current physical condition, any special dietary needs you might have, physical limitations and medical conditions. We ask a variety of questions on our Health History form to assess your needs. Please contact us if you have questions about what trips would be best and to give us more detailed information about your special needs.

Many students with diabetes have participated in the trip or led trips. These are a few things we have learned over the years to help you have a good week on the trip.


Tell us About your Insulin Regimen

When completing your health form, let us know about your daily insulin regimen. Are you taking insulin orally, spray, by injection, or an insulin pump? What type of glucose monitoring meter do you use? What are the temperature requirements for your medication and meter or pump? All of these things can help us place you on a trip that's in the right environment for you.


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General Observance

Outdoor Action provides a diverse range of trip locations and activities to accommodate diverse religious and spiritual practices during the trip. This includes time for prayer and observance, hygiene needs and dietary and cooking accomodations. We have students from al faiths participate in the program. Please let us know your particular needs so that we can provide a trip opportunity that works best for you.


Nature & Mindfulness Trips

Outdoor Action also offers several Nature & Mindfulness Trips that combine an experience in the outdoors with a chance...

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Tasty, satisfying, and healthy meals are what fuel the group for the week, so we ensure that everyone eats well on OA trips!  Every meal is a collective effort, with the group coming together to chop, season, and cook their way to a delicious end product.  This also allows the meals to be very customizable to your group's preferences.


Special Dietary Restrictions & Food Allergies

If you have special dietary needs or food allergies, please contact us at 609-258-6230 to let us know of your particular issues. Most of the menu items are already vegetarian/vegan and easy...

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Outdoor Action Check-in is Sunday, September 1 at 6:00 PM in Dillon Gym

Please gather all of your personal equipment Sunday morning, and put it either in a backpack (if you have your own) or a trashbag (if you are borrowing a backpack from OA) so that all of your things are ready Sunday evening.   You don't need to bring any equipment to Dillon Gym Check-in, except, if you are on a hiking trip, please bring your hiking boots. After Check-in you will have an opportunity later in the evening to pick up the rest of your belongings from your dorm.


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What Participants Have to Say

 I had never camped before and I had a fantastic time on the trip. It was a great way to get to know other frosh. It turned out to be just the thing I needed to start my adjustment to Princeton.


 The trip was a wonderful experience. My group was a conglomerate of very diverse people. Had we all not been thrown together in the wilderness for six days, I probably wouldn’t have met and become friends with them. It was a great way to begin Princeton.


Our leaders were excellent, in addition to being role models they were...

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The Outdoor Action Leave a Trace Program was developed in 1999 as part of our continued goal of providing the most effective orientation program for incoming Princeton students. Each year over 50% of the incoming class participates in the Outdoor Action Frosh Trip. These trips serve as both the transition between high school and college and their first exposure to life at Princeton. The 6-day small group setting provides an excellent opportunity to introduce incoming students to campus life and to encourage students to pursue a positive role as a member of the campus community, to dispel...

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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.


  • Stories from Frosh Trip 2009 - Tiger Trails Alumni Newsletter

  • Stories from Frosh Trip 2008 - Tiger Trails Alumni Newsletter

  • Stories from Frosh Trip 2007 - Tiger Trails Alumni Newsletter

  • Stories from Frosh Trip 2006 - Tiger Trails Alumni Newsletter

  • Stories from Frosh Trip 2005 - Tiger Trails Alumni Newsletter

  • Stories from Frosh Trip 2004 - Tiger Trails Alumni Newsletter...
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