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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.

Last year 420 students participated

The price includes everything, food, housing, transportation, activities, licensed guides and gear (tents, rock climbing shoes, harnesses, mountain bikes etc...)

We do offer NEED BASED SCHOLARSHIPS, to apply just click the link!

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


Registration closes on July 12th, 2020


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

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  • Student system quick reference: This general guide should help you navigate the registration process more easily (It is not specifically a guide to Pre-Orientation registration)

Student System -

Guide -

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

  • Log into the Student System (have your username and password ready)
  • Click register for classes
  • Select "Summer 2020"
  • Skip down directly to the CRN#
  • Enter the CRN# of your program
  • Click “Search”
  • Click “Add”
  • Click on "submit" (lower right hand corner of screen)
  • If the status says "REGISTERED," you do not need to do anything else

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 311 
815 N. Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Once you have registered, you can expect to hear from our Pre-Orientation coordinator toward the end of July regarding specifics. Please check your Skidmore email; this is where we will send all correspondence. 

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

If you got shut out of a program that you desperately want to participate in send your name and program that you really wanted to and I can add you to a waitlist but, I would still choose another program in the meantime so you do not get closed out all together. I can assure you all the programs are super fun and meant to be a way to get to know some of your classmates in advance of beginning college here at Skidmore!

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 bonfires, go swimming, paddleboarding 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. 

Cost: $500

SCOOP Hiking (backpacking) 


Wilderness hiking and backpacking is an all-time favorite, covering approximately 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 three, trips so we will ask you for your skill level when building teams. We will have a novice, intermediate and advanced trip or two of each, depending on the incoming first-years skill level. 

Cost: $500

SCOOP Hiking and Canoeing Combo (backpack and 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.

Cost: $500

SCOOP Canoeing (canoe camping)

CRN #60095

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.)

Cost: $500

SCOOP H2O (tenting at Camp Fowler) 


Water, water and more water! Lazy river tubing down the Hudson, whitewater rafting, swimming, canoeing and/or sailing on Speculator Lake. You will be spending your nights at Camp Fowler in a lean-to as well as tents. Tents provided; you will need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow.

Cost: $500

SCOOP Rock and River (tenting at Camp Fowler) 


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

Cost: $500

SCOOP Adventure Challenge (lodging)


Experience ropes courses as well as kayaking, canoeing and swimming in the private beautiful Speculator Lake as well as whitewater rafting. You will be spending your nights at Camp Fowler in cabins with bunks; you will need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow.

Cost: $500

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, whitewater rafting, hiking and more yoga! You will be spending your nights at Camp Fowler in cabins with bunks; you will need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow.

Cost: $500

SCOOP High Peaks Hybrid (lodging)  

CRN #60091 

Stay in Lake Placid home of the 1932 and 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 paddleboarding 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) 


Explore the most beautiful part of the Adirondacks You will set off early for a 3-night backpack in the Adirondack High Peaks with a licensed guide as well as 2 peer advisors. Tents, gear and meals provided. We will share gear carrying so leave some room in your pack!

Cost: $500

Transfer Trek (Lodging)


Transfer Trek is a transfer specific program that will take place in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. You will be led by other transfer students and sleep in tents at Camp Fowler where many other programs call their home base too.

Packing Lists are in the process of being updated.

If you are registered for one of the wilderness programs and are in need of gear, there is a local Eastern Mountain Sports shop in Saratoga that rents gear for a very low price. We have a limited number of loaners as well.

Peer Advisor schedule 2020