Thursday October 23, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions About the Frosh Trip

Q: Who participates?

A: Anyone and everyone. Last year over 55 percent of the incoming class (712 students) participated on 85 different trips. This included students from across the United States and around the world. The OA Frosh Trip is the oldest and largest preorientation program at Princeton and the single largest outdoor orientation program in the U.S.

Q: What if I have never been camping before?

A: Don't worry, most of our participants haven't camped before and soon discover that they really enjoy the experience of hiking and camping as a group. Your trip leaders will teach you all the basic skills you will need to be comfortable in the outdoors.

Q: What about Financial Aid?

A: If you are receiving need-based University scholarship funds your cost for the Outdoor Action trip is fully subsidized. The trip fee is covered by funding from the Office of Financial Aid.

Q: Do I need any special equipment?

A: OA provides all the group camping equipment and can provide backpacks and sleeping bags to those who need them. You will need to bring personal clothing and lightweight hiking boots. A detailed equipment list is on the OA Web site and will be mailed to you in July.

Q: What kind of shape do I need to be in?

A: OA offers trips at many different fitness levels from easy, to moderate, to strenuous. You tell us what you would be most comfortable with and we will place you in the most appropriate trip for you based on the information in your application form. We encourage everyone to engage in some type of regular physical activity in preparation for the trip.

Q: What kind of training do OA Leaders have?

A: All OA leaders complete a rigorous training program that includes backpacking skills, wilderness first aid, leadership, and group dynamics. The OA Leader Training Program is one of the most extensive and emulated of any college outdoor program. The OA Leader Handbook, The Backpacker's Field Manual, published by Random House has sold more than 150,000 copies worldwide.