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Frosh Trip

Frosh Trip Support Team & Command Center Teams

Once again it’s time to start thinking about our next great endeavor, FT 2018! OA runs the largest outdoor orientation program in the United States, and we need lots of people to make it happen. We hope you can be a part of Frosh Trip 2018. The Frosh Trip itself runs from Monday, September 3 – Friday, September 7. If you are accepted, you will need to arrive on Thursday, August 30 by 5PM (Support) OR Wednesday, August 29 by 5PM (Command Center) for pre-trip briefings and trainings.


Application Deadline: Sunday April 8nd
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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 an integrated part of Orientation. There is no fee to participate.

Register at Matriculation Online





What Participants & Leaders say about Frosh Trip




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 Check-in at 6:00 PM - meet your group and prepare for your trip

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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 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)