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Pre-Orientation Programs

Skidmore College Outdoor Orientation Program (SCOOP)

Jump-In! (all programs are listed below)


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 peer leaders 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.

If you have any questions, check out the meet your peer advisors link and reach out to your peers!

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.

  • Find the CRN# of the course you want to register for next to the course title on the On-Campus and Off-Campus program pages
  • If you need additional assitance please see The General Guide
  • Log in to the Student System (have your username and password ready)
  • Once you log in, hover over the Registration button and choose "add/drop classes"
  • Select "Summer Term"
  • Enter the CRN# of your program
  • Click on "submit changes"
  • If the status shows "Registered" you are all set
  • All scholarships will be automatically reflected in your bill

Required Forms

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

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

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. 

Meet some of the most imperative people:
Your Peer Advisors and see what they have to say about SCOOP


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


SCOOP Paddles & Paths (lodging)

This trip has everyone experience a day of hiking and a day of canoeing or a combination of both in and on the beautiful Adirondack mountains and waterways. You will have awesome bon-fires, go swimming, paddle boarding and make smores, what else could you ask for? You will stay at Camp Fowler in a cabin with bunks, you will need a sleeping bag and pillow. 


SCOOP Hiking (backpacking)
Wilderness Hiking and backpacking is an all time favorite covering aprrox. 20 miles in four days in the Adirondacks, you will begin and end your journey at our Camp Fowler base camp.Tents and meals provided. There are 3 trips so we will ask you for your skill level when building teams. We will have a novice, intermediate and advanced trip or 2 of each depending on the incoming first-years skill level. 


SCOOP Hiking and Canoeing Combo (backpack & canoe camping)

Hiking, canoeing and backpacking in the northern Adirondacks. The ultimate combo trip covers roughly six miles of hiking and plenty of waterways. You will begin and end your journey at Camp Fowler base camp.
Tents and meals provided.


SCOOP Canoeing (Canoe camping) 
CRN #                                        

Spend the days paddling the Adirondack waterways and set camp at a different site each night. You will begin and end your journey at Camp Fowler base camp. Tents and meals provided. (please see packing list)


SCOOP H2O  (tenting at Camp Fowler) 
Water, Water and more Water! Lazy river tubing down the Hudson, whitewater rafting, swimming, canoing and/or sailing on Speculator Lake. You will be spending your nights at Camp Fowler in a lean-to as well as tents.( you will need a sleeping bag & pillow) tents provided.


SCOOP Rock and River (tenting at Camp Fowler)

Go rock-climbing with experienced guides and white water rafting down the Hudson River. You will be spending your nights at Camp Fowler in a lean-to as well as tents (you will need a sleeping bag and pillow) tents provided.


SCOOP Adventure Challenge (lodging) 
Experience ropes courses as well as kayaking, canoeing and swimming in the private beautiful Speculator Lake as well as white water rafting. You will be spending your nights at Camp Fowler in cabins with bunks, (you will need a sleeping bag and pillow) tents provided.


SCOOP NAHUNA (Nature Human Nature) (lodging)  
Yoga/meditation sample experiences. We will explore the nature within us, and the spirit in human nature. We will experience yoga, white-water rafting, hiking and more yoga!! You will be spending your nights at Camp Fowler in cabins with bunks, you will need a sleeping bag and pillow.


SCOOP High Peaks Hybrid (lodging)  
CRN # 
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 and ice-skate the Olympic rink.
You will be staying at Lake Placid Cyclery, bed and linens provided.


SCOOP High Peaks Backpacking (backpacking)
Spend your first night with the high peaks adventure group and try your hand at mountain biking with licensed experienced guides. You will set off early for a 2 night backpack in the Adirondack High Peaks.
Tents and meals provided