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First-years Arrive Early for Outdoor Adventure

Pre-orientation Outdoor Adventure Program Kicks Off Its First Year

The new Pre-orientation Outdoor Adventure Program (POAP), founded by Hobart First-Year Dean David Mapstone, began on Sunday, Aug. 19.

POAP brings a select few first-years to campus before orientation to live, learn and lean on one another as they hike and camp their way across either the Finger Lakes Trail or Catskills with faculty or upperclassmen guides. “The real goal of these trips is to encourage students to connect with their peers as well as their new college campus, Mapstone explains.

Activities began when a select few first-year students met up at the Barn and camped on the Quad. From the Quad, these first-years will hit the trail for their respective outings. There they will cook their meals, pitch their tents, and navigate their way along the trail: all by working together.

“Out in the environment on POAP trips, first-year students will have to rely on each other to survive, says one upperclass mentor, Christine Moskell ’08. “We’ll be in small groups, so everyone will be able to get to know each other, she adds.