Frosh Trip 2023
Thank you for applying to be a part of the 2023 Orientation Team.
OA Frosh Trip Leaders play a tremendous role in welcoming incoming students to Princeton and introducing first-year & transfer students to our shared values and traditions.
Types of Trips:
All trips will continue to follow the tried-and-true OA formula of groups spending time outdoors overcoming challenges and building relationships. The primary activity for most trips will be hiking, but that will be broken up throughout the day with breaks, activities, and conversations with your group.
Base Camp Trips: Leader Eligibility - leaders who have led a Frosh Trip before or who have completed an LTT
We are planning for the majority of OA groups to be basecamp trips this year. Hiking Basecamp trips will stay at group campsites in the middle of a state park, similar to the LTTs in Harriman and the Delaware Water Gap. Each day, you will head out for a new adventure, doing day hikes through the park, only carrying a light backpack (water, lunch, etc.). You may also spend a day canoeing/kayaking on a lake near the campground. We’re really excited about these trip options because you get the joy of being fully immersed in the outdoors and with a more relaxed dailyy schedule. Basecamp groups will sleep under tents or tarps at their assigned campgrounds and do all of the group cooking over stoves. There will be toilets, running water, and some may have shower facilities.
Backcountry Trips: Leader Eligibility - leaders who have completed an LTT
We plan to have a backcountry trips in the regions whose regulations allow for our larger group size. Trips may be backpacking (with a full backpacking backpack) in a state park or canoeing on the flatwater section of the Delaware River. Each day, the group will travel to a new campsite, transporting all of their belongings with them. Backcountry trips will sleep under a tarps or in tents and do all of their cooking outdoors as a group at the campsite.
Local Day Trips: Leader Eligibility - leaders who have completed some parts of on-campus Leader Training
There will be a small number of trips that will be local day trips in the Princeton area. Taking the “best of the best” from Frosh Trip 2022, our updated local trips will explore the outdoor spaces that got the best reviews from Leaders and Participants last year. This will be a truly multidisciplinary experience—hiking, yoga, canoeing, climbing, biking, etc. For these trips, you will sleep on campus each night. Breakfast and dinner will be in the dining halls with lunnches out on the trail.
Being an Orientation Leader is a significant responsibility. All OA Orientation Leaders are required to:
- Be prepared to fully commit to OA. During the period of Pre-Trip & Frosh Trip, you should not plan to have any non-OA responsibilities (e.g. internships).
- Complete any required online summer training modules created by Orientation or Outdoor Action
- Participate in all aspects of Pretrip for Central Orientation and Outdoor Action.
- Participate in all of the required OA post-trip events including deissue, debriefs and post-trip feedback forms.
Act as an Orientation Leader:
- I will facilitate conversations and activities with my participants as part of the overall University orientation curriculum and support the mission and values of Princeton University and Outdoor Action.
- I will cultivate a respectful and inclusive environment for my participants and co-leaders.
- I understand that I am an ongoing source of support and mentoring beyond the trip and agree to be a resource to my participants throughout their first year.
- I agree not to serve alcohol to my participants during their first year.
Be dedicated to the development of an effective leadership team:
- I agree to contribute as an equal member of my co-leadership team.
- I will do daily debriefs and planning sessions with my co-leader(s) to ensure the best possible experience for everyone.
- I will provide positive and constructive feedback to my coleader(s) and will receive it as well.
In addition to agreeing to the expectations above, the Orientation Leader Application includes two essays as a way for you to demonstrate your commitment to the University's Orientation goals.
Frosh Trip Dates 2023
Orientation for the Class of 2027 will begin on Friday, August 25 and continue through Monday, September 4. The small-group experiences will kick-off this year on the evening of Wednesday, August 30through Saturday, September 2. Classes begin on Tuesday, September 5.
- Wednesday, August 23: Leader Move-in all day, OA Check-in at 5:00 PM
- Thursday, August 24 - Tuesday, August 29: Pre-Trip
- Wednesday, August 30 - Saturday, September 2: FROSH TRIP!
More information on move-in logistics will be forthcoming.
We anticipate having a variety of leadership roles for Orientation 2023 in order to accomodate folks at different stages in the leader-training process. We encourage everyone to complete as much of training as possible as it will create the most opportunities for types of trips that you are able to lead.
Core components of training expected for all (completed by end of Spring Semester):
- Leadership Workshop Series (101 & 102)
- Outdoor Technical Skills Series
- Managing Safety Workshop
- Wilderness First Aid & CPR
- Leader Training Trip
Spring Leader Training
It is not too late to begin Leader Training! All courses are being offered over spring break or in April--registration is available at My.Princeton.edu.
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Here are the Essay Questions that are part of the application. We recommend that you write them all first and then cut and paste them into your application.
- What do you see as the Orientation goals for Frosh Trip? (200 - 300 words)
- Why do you feel that you will be a good role model for freshmen? (200 - 300 words)
- Briefly describe yourself to help us match you with the right co-leader (100 - 200 words)