Welcome Class of 2018! Over 750 Students have already applied!
Join the largest college outdoor orientation program in the country! OA sends out more people at one time than any other college in the U.S. The Frosh Trip is OA's signature program which brings together experienced upperclass students with members of the Class of 2018 to help them learn about Princeton through an exciting six-day outdoor trip.
The Outdoor Action Frosh Trip Program is without a doubt one of the best ways to start college. Over the past 40 years 18,711 new students have started at Princeton by making new friends before school starts and learning about life at Princeton on a fun-filled week with Outdoor Action, Princeton’s oldest and largest pre-orientation program. For many students it was one of the best parts of their first year at Princeton and one of the most memorable of their entire four years.
Over 715 members of the Class of 2018 from 39 countries have already applied!
- The Program
- Backpacking trips will hike anywhere from 6â€“10 miles a day (~5â€“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)
- Bike Touring trips will explore back roads on the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal and the Great Allegheny Passageâ€“recreational bike paths in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Participants will bike 30-50 miles per day (~4â€“8 hours). Each night you will camp along the trail in state parks or private campgrounds. Bikes provided by OA. (2-5 trips)
- Backpacking & Rock Climbing
- Backpacking & Rock Climbing trips trips combine backpacking and one or two days of rock climbing. You will hike from 6â€“10 miles a day (~5â€“8 hours) on the Appalachian Trail. 1â€“2 days will be spent at a climbing site learning basic rock climbing techniques. (6 trips)
- Canoeing trips travel anywhere from 8â€“20 miles per day (~4â€“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)
- Backpacking & Canoeing
- Backpacking & Canoeing trips combine three days of hiking and three days of canoeing. You will cover anywhere from 6â€“10 miles hiking a day (~5â€“8 hours) or 8â€“15 miles canoeing per day (~4â€“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)
- Base Camp & Community Service
- Base 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)
- 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)
- Sustainable Farming
- Sustainable 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, youâ€™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)
Summer Climbing Wall Hours
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
June 23 - August 6 (PUID Required)