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Information for Parents

Information for Parents

Backpacking Equipment List

Here is all the information you need to pack for your Frosh Trip. When selecting gear for the trip, remember that you’ll be in the outdoors for five days, so you’ll want to bring only those things you need to be comfortable. Leave behind what isn’t necessary—extra stuff just adds weight. This equipment list is based on 40 years of experience running Outdoor Action Trips. If you bring ALL the gear on the list and ONLY the gear on the list, you’ll be comfortable in virtually any situation you’ll encounter on Frosh Trip.

Frosh Trip Dates


Tentative Dates for the Princeton Class of 2021

The Online Registration will be available online to all incoming students in late May when the Matriculation Portal goes online. Students will need their University NetID and Password to access the online registration.

Orientation 2017 - September 2 - September 12

  • Late May 2017: Online Registration for Small Group Orientation Experiences: Outdoor Action, Community Action, Fall Student-Athletes
  • Saturday, September 2: Arrival for Class of 2021

Arrival for Frosh Trip

Outdoor Action Check-in is Sunday, September 3 at 6:30 PM in Dillon Gym

Please gather all of your personal equipment Sunday morning, and put it either in a backpack (if you have your own) or a trashbag (if you are borrowing a backpack from OA) so that all of your things are ready Sunday evening.  You only need to bring your boots to Dillon Gym for check-in, and then will have an opportunity later in the evening to pick up the rest of your belongings from your dorm.

The Outdoor Action Leave a Trace Program

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.