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)
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.
On a backpacking trip, you may experience the beautiful pine trees on the Green Hills of Connecticut, 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 stop around mid-day for a communal lunch and throughout the day for games and snack breaks.
A Grab-bag of Summer Camp Activities!
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!
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.
Director of Student Life Matt Frawley interviews OA Director Rick Curtis '79. Rick talks about the history of OA and how the program has grown to become Princeton's largest Leadership Training Program and the country's single largest outdoor orientation program.