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Outdoor Action

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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Religious Observance

General Observance

The Princeton University Chapel will be open on Sunday, August 31, starting at 6:00 a.m. for students who wish to do personal worship just before departing on the trip.

Nature & Mindfulness Service

Mindfulness with Breathing: This is an introductory session for those interested in tools for experiencing the outdoors during OA, stress reduction back on campus, or spiritual inquiry. All are welcome! Saturday 8:00 PM in the University Chapel.

Catholic Service

There will be a Catholic Mass on Saturday, August 30, at 7:00 p.m. at the University Chapel. For more information regarding Catholic services, see

Episcopal Service

There will be a Episcopal service  on Saturday, August 30, at 9:00 p.m. at the University Chapel. For more information regarding Episcopal services, see

Muslim Service

Muslim Prayers: Will be held in Murray-Dodge Hall at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 29. For more information see

For information regarding other churches and houses of worship in the local Princeton area, visit:

Jewish Students

Sabbath Services will be held at the Center for Jewish Life at 70 Washington Road. Times and locations will be announced in June.:

Friday, August 29
Orthodox Prayer Service

Saturday, August 30
Orthodox Prayer Service

Students interested in participating in Shabbat meals on Friday, August 29, and Saturday, August 30, should contact Marni Blitz, Associate Director of the CJL at 609-258-3635, or On the Sabbath, Rabbi Eitan and Gitty Webb (Chabad House) will be hosting students for Sabbath dinner and lunch following services.  For additional information, visit or

There is a Google map showing the location of the CJL (70 Washington Road) and, the Chabad House (15 Edwards Place).