Dean of Students

Outdoor Pre-Orientation (Optional)

The Outdoor Pre-Orientation Experience is an adventure-based program that offers an array of wilderness exposure. Join 100 of your classmates as you begin your college experience at Frost Valley YMCA. The program offerings will be both challenging and rewarding, one you are sure to remember fondly! Participants will explore nature and the outdoors through a range of activities like hiking, high ropes, sports games, paddle boarding and canoeing. There will be plenty of opportunity for participants to get to know their peers, enjoy the outdoors, and have a great time!

Participants will:

  • Have the opportunity to participate in different levels of wilderness exposure. Outdoor Activities are specifically designed to accommodate all levels of intensity.
  • Engage with upper class Pre-O Leaders about their Union College experience gaining first hand insights into making the most of your time at Union.
  • Make meaningful connections and friendships with other first year students that will last a lifetime.

Outdoor Pre-Orientation Experience Packing List

Itinerary for Outdoor Pre-Orientation Experience:

Monday, September 6

11:45am - Load buses and depart for Frost Valley YMCA

2:00pm - Arrive, check in, and move into lodging

3:15pm - Program Session 1 - Teambuilding games in groups

5:30pm - Dinner

7:30pm - Dodgeball or Action Auction (group challenges!)

8:45pm - Campfire at lodges

Tuesday, September 7

8:00am - Breakfast

9:30am - Program Session 2 - High Falls Hike, Giant Swing, Tie Dye, Archery

12:00pm - Lunch

1:15pm - Program Session 3 - Zipline, Climbing Tower, Glass Etching, Canoeing, Half-day hike to Slide Mountain

3:15pm - Program Session 4 - Zipline, Climbing Tower, Traditional Pottery, Canoeing, Half-day hike (continued)

5:30pm - Dinner

7:30pm - Campfire run by Frost Valley at the lake

8:45pm - Programs on your own

Wednesday, September 8

8:00am - Breakfast

9:00am - Program Session 5 - Archery, Leap of Faith, Acrylic Painting, Apple Cidering, Castle Tour

11:15am - Lunch

12:15pm - Cleanup at lodges

1:45pm - Closing activity in groups

2:15pm - Closing with entire group

2:30pm - Depart for Union College

COST: $400


*OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE IS FULL, but we will continue to take names on our waitlist. Registration is still open for Leadership Experience Pre-Orientation program.

Cancellations are accepted until August 13.

All charges are non-refundable after August 13.

The charge ($400) is automatically billed to your account.

Students whose financial situation may limit their participation in these programs may contact the Limited funding is available to cover the program fees through Union's Making U Possible initiative.