North Country Pre-Orientation Trips | St. Lawrence University Outdoor Program

North Country Pre-Orientation Trips

The fall trip dates will be Wednesday, August 22 - Sunday, August 26, 2018.

The Outdoor Program offers a range of pre-orientation excursions on a first-come, first-serve basis. The trip fee ($375) covers meals, lodging, some equipment, and transportation. For questions and more information, contact the Office of Student Activities & Leadership: 315-229-5757


Can anyone participate in a Pre-Orientation trip?

Schedules for Fall sports and International Student Orientation conflict with pre-orientation trips. Otherwise, any incoming student, of any skill level, is eligible to participate.

The Outdoor Program believes that everyone is capable of recreating in the outdoors regardless of ability, experience, race, economic background, sex, gender, faith or personality. We strive to foster a sense of belonging for all students, as we believe you should never have to work to “fit in.”

The OP is a judgment free zone. We embrace the differences in ability and experience that people of different backgrounds bring. While we provide support for you to move beyond your comfort zone, we don’t pressure people to summit mountains or ski slopes, we listen to what you are passionate about and adjust the plan accordingly.

Who leads the trips?

Upper-class students apply to be trip leaders and are trained by the Outdoor Program Faculty. At least one leader on every trip is Wilderness First Responder certified. All leaders are trained to lead in the backcountry and to foster a welcoming and positive environment.



Intro to Backpacking - Light to moderate terrain, sleeping in tents, light packs, lower mileage. Great way to explore the Adirondacks even if you have no experience backpacking or camping.

General Backpacking - Moderate terrain, occasional steep grades, longer days. This trip is best for people who have backpacked and camped before, however, for the adventurous at heart, no experience is necessary.

Experienced Backpacking - Frequent elevation change, steep grades, and longer days. This trip through the high peaks is a significant physical challenge.

Canoe Trips:

Intro to Canoe Camping - Canoeing on lakes and flat water, sleeping in tents, few portages, little to no experience necessary.

General Canoe Camping - Flat water, some moving water, a few short portages. Some experience helpful, though none required.

Experienced Canoe Camping – This trip is designed for people that have canoed and camped before and feel comfortable with longer distances and several portages.

General Adirondack Trips:

Adirondack Adventure - This trip required for FYP: An Outdoor State of Mind
Day 1 - canoeing; Day 2 - hiking; Day 3 - whitewater rafting. Sleeping at SLU’s historic Canaras lodge & camping in tents. Little to no experience necessary, though a desire to spend time being active in the outdoors and sleeping in tents is required

Adirondack Rock Climbing - Designed for inexperienced rock-climbers. Base camped at a basic cabin in the High Peaks with daily climbs on nearby Adirondack cliffs.

Adirondack Kayak Tour - A flat water course through the Adirondacks, sleeping in tents and/or lean-tos. No experience is required, though some kayak experience is preferred as it is a physical challenge.

What equipment are participants responsible for?

  • Rain gear (jack and pants)
  • Swimsuit
  • Synthetic long pants (not jeans)
  • Hat (wool or fleece)
  • Brimmed hat (sun/rain)
  • 2-3 pairs synthetic socks
  • 1-2 synthetic shirts
  • 1-2 pairs Polypro liner socks
  • 1 synthetic long sleeve shirt
  • Insect repellent
  • 1 pair nylon shorts
  • 1 quart-size water bottle
  • 1 sleeping bag (20 degree rating)*
  • 1 sleeping pad*
  • Sneakers or broken-in hiking boots
  • Sunblock
  • Backpack*
  • Flashlight/headlamp*
  • Water shoes/sandals (for trips that involve kayaking/canoeing)
  • Mess kit (this includes bowl and utensil for eating; for backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, climbing only)

*The Outdoor Program has these items available for students to borrow. However, we only have a limited amount so please contact us as soon as possible if you need such gear.

Pre-Trip Leader Application