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Skidmore College
Pre-Orientation Programs


"The first river you paddle runs through the rest of your life. It bubbles up in pools and eddies to remind you who you are."

Lynn Noel


Join fellow first-year students for some Adirondack fun. This outdoor program offers an afternoon of lazy river tubing down the Hudson River and then an exciting whitewater rafting trip the following day. You will have plenty of time to kayak, paddleboard, canoe, firesideswim and hike at Camp Fowler, where you will spend your nights. All river equipment is provided. Please feel free to bring your guitar, fiddle or other musical instrument to play around the campfire at night.

You do not need previous rafting or kayaking experience, just a desire for adventure. The program is staffed by a college administrator and student peer advisors. Licensed New York State guides will staff your river adventures as well.


"Deciding to do a pre-orientation was easily the best decision I made as a freshman. Starting college can be incredibly awkward and scary, but I have learned that there's nothing like a little wilderness bonding to bring people together and erase all nervous feelings! It's an experience you will never forget." —Matt Walsh '13, SCOOP peer advisor and coordinator for H2O

Please do not forget your required forms to attend scoop, found here on the SCOOP HOMEPAGE.


H20 sample Itinerary but, trust us there is SO much more……………………

Day 1: Sign in for your program at 12:30 Porter Plaza and depart for Camp Fowler at 1:15

  • Arrive at Camp Fowler around 3:00
  • Ice Breakers
  • Take a swim or paddle in the pristine Adirondack lake
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • 7:00 Surprise event
  • 10:00 Bonfire and S’mores

Day 2:

  • 8am Breakfast
  • Prep for day hike to swimming hole
  • Chill’
  • Lawn games
  • Dinner
  • Sheldon Solomon talk
  • Bon fire/bonding

Day 3: 7am breakfast

  • Load bus
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Chill time
  • Dinner
  • Bonfire

Day 4: Breakfast

  • Load buses back to campus for Orientation

It is COLDER in the Adirondacks especially at night please bring layers and always be prepared for a random swim, kayak or hike!