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Posted: 08/26/2007

The Skidmore College Outdoor Orientation Program (SCOOP) is designed to offer new students the opportunity to meet fellow first-year classmates, upperclass student advisors, and to spend quality time in the majestic Adirondack Mountains. Past participants can attest to their outdoor orientation experience as being a great way to form friendships and become acquainted with both the Skidmore community and its surrounding area.

The Great Camp Sagamore, a national historic site in the Adirondack wilderness near Raquette Lake, N.Y., offers a beautiful and adventure-filled setting for SCOOP. The Sagamore Institute, which offers a year-round program of environmental education and Adirondack history, culture, and crafts, is a collaborating partner with Skidmore.

There are two SCOOP trips each year: August 26-29 and August 30-September 2; SCOOP is limited to 90 first-year student participants per trip. Participants are accompanied by 10 upperclass students selected to return to SCOOP as peer advisors after their participation in SCOOP as first-year students.

Once at the Great Camp Sagamore, the trip is run by one student coordinator and two staff administrators. SCOOP participants gain an introduction to the history, culture, and traditions of the Adirondack region. Activities include canoeing, mountain climbing, hiking, and camping. The SCOOP experience is designed to inspire a sense of individual responsibility to nature and community.

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