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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 - Information for Leaders

Leader Applications are now online!

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Frosh Trip Dates 2015

Find out when you need to come back to lead Frosh Trip. The regular arrival date for Leaders is Tuesday, September 1 by 5:00 PM. People who are leading specialty trips will need to come back earlier for special training. Read on for details.

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.

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.

A variety of religious services are offered on Saturday and Sunday before trip departure to meet the needs of religiously observant students. Services include a non-denominational service, Catholic Mass, Episcopal service, Muslim prayers, and several Jewish Sabbath services. We will happily work with individuals to find a way to accommodate religious observances on the trail and meet religious dietary restrictions

OA can accommodate students with many different needs. 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, and we will work with you to find a trip that will work for you.

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.

There are so many great moments that happen on Frosh Trip! From learning to rock climb to connecting with new peers, there are countless stories from the past 4 decades of Frosh Trip. We've captured some of our favorite moments and memories in video, photos, and quotes from participants and leaders.

OA Frosh Trip is a different experience for everyone. Here, a collection of participants and leaders reflect on what made their Frosh Trip experience so valuable and memorable.