Shovel, beacon, probe. Helmet, mountain bike, kayak. Climbing harness, tent, hammer. Surfboard, swimsuit, St. Lawrence van.
This certainly is not the typical packing list for Spring Break. While many students do take the opportunity to go home or flock to sunny tropical islands and beaches for the treasured week in March, others choose to participate in one of the multiple alternative spring break options provided by the Outing Club and Volunteer Services. These options are popular among St. Lawrence students both because of their locations and their popular price tag: these trips are either subsidized or almost completely funded by the school!
Volunteer Services provided two trips that students can take part in. Habitat for Humanity, with its local club at St. Lawrence, travels across the country to help build safe and affordable housing for those in need. Students leave campus in one of the school-sponsored vans and travel to assist with the building, alongside other college students, volunteers, as well as the family who will eventually buy and call this house their home. While the weather may vary dependent on the area, this trip does provide as an escape from the North Country cold.
Volunteer Services also provided a trip to the St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where students can focus their volunteer work by providing immediate daily needs to the homeless population in Philadelphia. The week-long trip allows students to really become involved in the work of the St. Francis Inn and provide support while also building relationships with the people they are volunteering alongside.
If Students are looking purely for an adventure-oriented trip, the Outing Club provide incredible opportunities to travel and experience new adventures. These programs are constantly evolving but some of the staple activities include kayaking in the Everglades, backcountry skiing in the Chic Choc range in Eastern Quebec, rock climbing in Joshua Tre, surfing in Puerto Rico and mountain biking in North Carolina. Pretty sweet, huh?
These alternative Spring Break options capture the essence of the St. Lawrence student body. Each trip is created, planned, and led by students who are committed and excited to share their passions while those who participate are either also experienced and passionate about the activity or are adventurous enough to try new things. Whether they are building communities or charging down mountains on bikes and skis, these Laurentians are being actively involved and taking advantage of the generous opportunities provided by St. Lawrence.