Monday January 26, 2015

Class of 2018 Frosh Trip 2014 Application

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Since its inception in 1974 over 18,711 incoming Princeton students have participated in the OA Frosh Trip program. Over 715 students have already applied. Sign up now!

Applications are now open. Read through the information below and click the button at the bottom of the page.


Community Action/Outdoor Action Application Server is now operating.

7/1/2014 3:00 PM
The University implemented a major IT systems change on Sunday night. This change has created a problem with the authentication process and it is currently not possible to login to submit an application to either Community Action or Outdoor Action. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thanks for you patience.


  • Please read the Information Letter and the Frosh Trip Brochure before submitting your application.
  • Apply Online: In order to apply online you will need to have your Princeton University NetID and your new University password. Which will be mailed to you at the end of May in a letter from the Office of Information Technology (OIT). If you have trouble activating your account or logging in contact the OIT Help Desk (609-258-HELP). You need to have logged in and changed your temporary password before you can login to submit your Frosh Trip application.
  • Application Deadline is June 30. All applications are treated on a first-come, first-served basis. We use your Web application date or the postmark date for mailed-in applications. The program often fills before the June 30 deadline.
The Program
Backpacking trips will hike anywhere from 6–10 miles a day (~5–8 hours). You will hike in one of a number of wilderness areas such as: the plateaus of central Pennsylvania, the crags of the Catskills in New York, the scenic Appalachian Trail in Connecticut, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, or the summits of the Green Mountains in Massachusetts and Vermont. Most Frosh Trips are all-backpacking. (~50 trips)oa
Bike Touring trips will explore back roads on the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal and the Great Allegheny Passage–recreational bike paths in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Participants will bike 30-50 miles per day (~4–8 hours). Each night you will camp along the trail in state parks or private campgrounds. Bikes provided by OA. (2-5 trips) Biking
Backpacking &amp Rock Climbing
Rock Climbing is an adventureBackpacking & Rock Climbing trips trips combine backpacking and one or two days of rock climbing. You will hike from 6–10 miles a day (~5–8 hours) on the Appalachian Trail. 1–2 days will be spent at a climbing site learning basic rock climbing techniques. (6 trips)
Canoeing trips travel anywhere from 8–20 miles per day (~4–8 hours) and range from quiet water canoeing on the lower Delaware River in New Jersey to easy whitewater canoeing on the upper Delaware in New York. Each night you will camp along the river in state parks or private campgrounds. (2 trips) Canoeing on the Delaware River
Backpacking & Canoeing
Backpacking & Canoeing trips combine three days of hiking and three days of canoeing. You will cover anywhere from 6–10 miles hiking a day (~5–8 hours) or 8–15 miles canoeing per day (~4–8 hours). The trips explore the quiet flatwater or easy whitewater on the Delaware River in New York and New Jersey and backpack on the Appalachian Trail. (5 trips) OA group
Base Camp & Community Service
OA groupBase Camp & Community Service trips are an option if you prefer to experience the outdoors while staying in one location. Groups camp out in a state park campground for the week. You will spend several days exploring the park through easy day hikes and two days working on an environmental service project in the park. Bathrooms are available at the campground. (5-10 trips)
Base Camp & Outdoor Adventure
Base Camp & Outdoor Adventure are an option for those who prefer to experience the outdoors while staying in one location. You can try out a range of outdoor activities while staying at a rustic summer camp in northern New Jersey. Your group will get to try different outdoor experiences on the camp property and the nearby Appalachian Trail including day hikes, rappelling, high ropes course, and a trail restoration service project. Participants camp outside and cook outdoors. Bathrooms are available at the camp. (5 trips) OA
Nature & Spirituality
Nature & Spirituality 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 spiritual traditions. Students will explore how different religious traditions connect with nature through discussion, nature exploration, meditation and yoga. (1-2 trips) Hiking
Sustainable Farming
FarmingSustainable Farming trips will spend the week at a local organic farm and help with daily work while learning about the importance of local food. From picking vegetables, to baking bread, to planting new crops, you'll experience first-hand the life of a small organic farmer, and learn about how growing and eating locally enhances the environmental health of a community. (2-4 trips)
Mastering Leave No Trace Backpacking Trips
Mastering Leave No Trace Backpacking trips explore the complex ways humans interact with, impact, and preserve remote and delicate wilderness areas. As we hike through some of the most extraordinary landscapes of the Northeast, you’ll learn about conservation and natural history in the wild. Participants will have the opportunity to become Leave No Trace Trainers and develop the skills to teach others about Leave No Trace techniques and principles. (1-2 trips) Hiking

Before you Start your Online Application

If are unable to login and you have been recently admitted, your profile may not be in our database yet. Please contact the OA Office at 609-258-6230.

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  • All of your information submitted online is sent in encrypted form to our secure server.

Information to Gather Before you Begin

You'll need to gather some information before you start to submit your application so please make sure to have all the following pieces of information prepared before you start. You can print this page so you have the list of information you will need

  • You will need a parent or guardian to sign the Web application form as you submit it
  • Home Address
  • Summer Address (if you will be at a different address in July and the dates you will be at that address)
  • Waist Size
  • Shoe Size
  • T-shirt Size
  • Medical Insurance Provider, Group Number & Policy Number - if your primary insurance is through Princeton University enter 'Princeton University Health Plan'
  • Family Physician & phone number
  • Height (inches)
  • Weight (pounds)
  • Waist size (inches)
  • Length of your spine (from belt to top of shoulders in inches)
  • Date of your Last Medical Exam
  • Date of your last Tetanus Immunization
  • Information about your current physical condition and any exercise you do
  • Current health conditions
  • Any Allergies and medications you take for your allergies
  • Any other medications you take and for what conditions (non-allergy)
  • Any Dietary restrictions or food allergies
  • In order to participate, your signature, and the signature of a parent or guardian is required so both of you will need to enter information to submit the form online.

Login Screen

Below is a screenshot of the Office of Information Technology Login screen you'll be taken to in order to log in to submit your application.

CAS Login

  • Make sure you have all the information you need to complete your application before you start your application (see above).
  • You must have logged in to your University Account at least once and changed your temporary password.
  • Enter your University NetID and Password to log in.
  • You need to have COOKIES ENABLED in your browser to login. If you are using You need to have JAVASCRIPT ENABLED in order to keep your Login Session open, If Javascript is disabled, the application will onyl be active for 60 minutes in that case you must save the application before your Login Session expires or your application won't be submitted. Some Browsers like Safari may Block Cookies so set your Browser to "Enable Third Party Cookies"
  • Once you have submitted your application, you can return at any time to edit/update it.
  • As long as you enter an email address, you will receive a confirmation email that your application has been submitted. Make sure your email address is entered correctly. If you do not recieve and email confirmation, pleae contact the Outdoor Action office at the number listed below.
  • If you cannot Log In contact the OIT Help Desk
  • If you encounter an error while submitting your application email (oa at and explain the problem you were having.
Note: The Outdoor Action Frosh Trip Program is only open to students in the Class of 2018 at Princeton University.



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