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Pre-Orientation Programs

Skidmore College Outdoor Orientation Program (SCOOP)

All programs run from September 3-6, 2015

If the program you are trying to sign up for is full please email to be put on a waiting list. Thank you.

SCOOP is an optional program that precedes the mandatory New Student Orientation. It designed to offer new students the opportunity to meet fellow first-year classmates and upper class student advisors while spending quality time in the majestic Adirondack Mountains.  The program offers a wonderful beginning to the first-year student experience at Skidmore College. We offer a unique and exciting dimension to your first days as a Skidmore student, an experience which will be especially enjoyable and rewarding.

 Register Here  To check if a program is full, please hit register here and click on SCOOP or On-Campus programs and this will show you how many seats are available.

Registration closes July 15, 2015

The Scholarship deadline has passed.


All SCOOP programs take place off-campus in the Adirondacks!


Great Camp Sagamore 
Hiking and Canoeing by day and lodging at night in Great Camp Sagamore in the northern Adirondacks.



Wilderness Hiking and backpacking covering over 20 miles in four days in the northern Adirondacks



Hiking and Canoeing  
Hiking, canoeing and backpacking in the northern Adirondacks. The ultimate combo trip covers roughly six miles of hiking and plenty of waterways.



Spend the days paddling the Northern Adirondack waterways and set camp at a different site each night.



Take me to the River 
Trailblazing, Whitewater Rafting, rapelling and platform tenting in the Adirondacks.



Rock and River  
Go rock-climbing and white water rafting while staying in tent platforms at Camp Little Notch in the Southern Adirondacks.



Adventure Challenge at Camp Little Notch Fort Ann, NY  
Ziplines, high and low ropes, trailblazing, kayaking and platform tenting in the Adirondacks.



Nature, Human Nature and Spirit    
Yoga/meditation sample experiences will be led by Kim Beekman, our regular weekly yoga instructor (no previous experience necessary). We will explore the nature within us, and the spirit in human nature. We will experience yoga, white-water rafting, hiking and more yoga!!