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Pre-Orientation Programs

Skidmore College Outdoor Orientation Program (SCOOP)

 First day of Pre-Orientation Schedule: If you are registered for one of the wilderness programs and are in need of gear there is a local Eastern Mountain Sport shop in Saratoga that rents backpacks and such for a very low price.

Peer Advisor schedule 2016

Meet your Peer Advisors

Packing List for Camp Little Notch  (Rock & River, NAHUNA, Adventure Challenge and Take me to the River)

Packing List for The Great Camp Sagamore

Packing List for all Wilderness Trips

Packing List for High Peaks Adventure


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.

 Pre-Orientation Checklist

How to Register: If a program says its full and you desperately want that program, call me! I will TRY to accomodate you. Mary Ann Toia 518-580-8338

Registration opens on June 1st at noon EST and closes on July 15th.

Please read the following information before you attempt to register for Pre-Orientation.

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General Instructions

You will register for Pre-Orientation as a summer class, and your Skidmore account will be billed directly. You will need your student username and password and the CRN# of the program in which you wish to participate.

Required Forms:

All forms are required to participate on any of the SCOOP programs

  1. Medical Form
  2. Liability Waiver
  3. Skidmore Code of Conduct
  4. Dietary Restrictions

Please submit these by scanning (if you do take a picture and send it please test it on your computer first to make sure it is clear and legible) and email to or send via snail-mail to Skidmore College Attn: SCOOP Case 309, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Once you have registered you can expect to hear from our Pre-Orientation Coordinator towards the middle to end of July regarding specifics. 




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


Great Camp Sagamore CRN#60134  FULL, I cannot add anyone to this program once it is full
Hiking and Canoeing by day and lodging at night in Great Camp Sagamore in the northern Adirondacks. 
Bed and linens provided.


Hiking  CRN#60135 FULL, I cannot add anyone to this program once it is full
Wilderness Hiking and backpacking covering over 20 miles in four days in the northern Adirondacks
Tents provided.



Hiking and Canoeing  CRN#60136 FULL, I cannot add anyone to this program once it is full
Hiking, canoeing and backpacking in the northern Adirondacks. The ultimate combo trip covers roughly six miles of hiking and plenty of waterways.
Tents Provided.



Canoeing     CRN #60137 FULL
Spend the days paddling the Northern Adirondack waterways and set camp at a different site each night.
Tents provided.



Take me to the River  CRN#60138  FULL
Trailblazing, Whitewater Rafting, rapelling and platform tenting in the Adirondacks.
Tents with cots provided.



Rock and River  CRN#60139  FULL
Go rock-climbing and white water rafting while staying in tent platforms at Camp Little Notch in the Southern Adirondacks.
Tents with cots provided.



Adventure Challenge   CRN# 60140 FULL
Ziplines, high and low ropes, trailblazing, kayaking and platform tenting in the Adirondacks.
Tents with cots provided.



NAHUNA (Nature Human Nature)    CRN# 60132 FULL
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!!
Tents with cots provided.


High Peaks Adventure   CRN #60133  FULL
Stay in Lake Placid home of the 1932 & 1980 Winter Olympics. You will feel the rush of adrenaline as you try mountain biking actually on a mountain with an experienced guide of course, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and go to the top of the 120 meter ski jump tower.
Bed and linens provided.