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Leadership Starts Here

Outdoor Action is now an integrated part of Freshmen Orientation

Starting in 2016 the OA Frosh Trip will be an integrated part of the orientation process for incoming freshmen. Next fall students will arrive on September 3 for two days of orientation in the residential colleges followed by either a 5-day Outdoor Action or Community Action trip. There will be a new program for fall freshmen athletes that incorporates some of the same trail-side discussions about campus life that happens on OA.
This is a momumental step forward for OA. It recognizes and applauds the impact that OA has had for freshmen for over forty years and transforms the program from 'optional pre-orientation' to an integrated and integral part of the orientation process. I want to say thank you to the thousands of OA Alumni Leaders who dedicated themselves to helping incoming students get the very best start at Princeton. You created the model that the University has chosen to implement.
Going forward the OA Frosh Trip will be offered at no charge to all participants. Also, the OA Leader Training Program will now be free to all participants.

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Frosh Trip Menu

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 modifications in the cooking process can often be made for the items that are not. We regularly work with students who keep kosher or halaal and students with strong peanut, tree, and gluten allergies, and will work with you to accomodate any other dietary needs.

For students who keep kosher, we can ensure that all of the food on your trip is certified Kosher and will leave the food in its original packaging for your inspection.  We can also provide kosher pots and utensils.  There will be dairy and fish on your trip, but no meat. 

Dinner Menu

Below is a list of some of our most common dinners, but the exact meals on your trip will vary.  Every night, your group will cook dinner together, and your leaders may introduce some of their favorite variations to the standard menu items (such as BBQ chicken pizza!).  Whatever the meal, it is sure to be a delicious and filling end to your day.

Pita Pizza (with veggies and pepperoni)

Fajitas & Refried Beans (Onions, Peppers, & Garlic, Chicken, Cheese, Salsa & Hot Sauce)

Curry Couscous with Chicken & Apricots

Vegetarian Chili & Quinoa topped with cheese 

Mango Curry with Rice & Lentils

Macaroni & Cheese

Quinoa Stirfry (Onions, Corn, Cheese, Chicken, and Spices)

Lunch Menu

Lunch is always a make-your-own affair during an extended mid-day break.  You'll have the predictable Peanut Butter & Jelly available in addition to many other sandwhich toppings so you'll never get tired.  Lunch staples also include chicken, salmon, cheese and hummus, with plenty of BBQ sauce, salsa, hot sauce, and spices.  For dessert, you can opt for a nutella and dried fruit (apples & apricots) sandwich or some trail mix.

Breakfast & Snacks

Most mornings you'll have a hot breakfast of oatmeal, decorated with lots of tasty treats-- cinnamon & brown sugar, peanut butter, dried fruit, etc.  If oatmeal isn't your jam, cereal, granola, and snack bars are also available.  And GORP (a mix of m&m's, craisins, raisins, & peanuts/granola) is a good choice at any time of day!