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Information for Freshmen

Information for Freshmen

Nature & Mindfullness with OA!

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 with OA!

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.

Backpacking with OA!

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.

Basecamp & Trail Maintenance Service with OA!

Explore Service in the outdoors!

Based out of a summer camp, Basecamp & Trail Maintenance Service Trips will introduce you to the basics of camping, while retaining some of the comforts of frontcountry life.  The summer camp has bathrooms and showers for personal needs, and picnic tables and water pumps to make cooking and eating easier. 

Days are busy working with rangers and the Student Conservation Association to improve local trails for other visitors, or hiking to waterfalls and other local attractions.  

Canoeing with OA!

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.