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Pre-Orientation Programs

Skidmore College Outdoor Orientation Program (SCOOP)

All programs run from September 3-6, 2015


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.


How to Register

Registration opens on June 1, 2015, at noon EST and closes on July 15.

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.

Once you have registered you can expect to hear from our Pre-Orientation Coordinator towards the middle to end of July regarding specifics. 

If you were given a scholarship, that will automatically be reflected in your bill.


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


Great Camp Sagamore CRN#60158
Hiking and Canoeing by day and lodging at night in Great Camp Sagamore in the northern Adirondacks. 
Bed and linens provided.


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



Hiking and Canoeing  CRN#60160 THIS PROGRAM 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 #60161
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#60162
Trailblazing, Whitewater Rafting, rapelling and platform tenting in the Adirondacks.
Tents with cots provided.



Rock and River  CRN#60163
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 at Camp Little Notch Fort Ann, NY  CRN# 60164   One spot left!
Ziplines, high and low ropes, trailblazing, kayaking and platform tenting in the Adirondacks.
Tents with cots provided.



Nature, Human Nature and Spirit     CRN# 60156
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 #60157   This program is FULL
Stay in Lake Placid home of the 1932 & 1980 Winter Olympics. You will feel the rush of adrenaline as you luge and/or bobsled down the practice run at the Olympic Complex, take your best hockey shot, participate in a paintball biathlon and go to the top of the 120 meter ski jump tower.
Bed and linens provided.

First day of Pre-Orientation Schedule

Peer Advisor schedule 2015

Meet your Peer Advisors

Packing List for Camp Little Notch

Packing List for The Great Camp Sagamore

Packing List for all Wilderness Trips

Packing List for High Peaks Adventure