Incoming first-year students can start their time at the Colleges with an outdoor adventure by participating in the 2021 HWS Pre-Orientation Adventure Program.
“As an incoming first-year I made incredible friends during POAP, gained knowledge and insight on HWS, and was able to imagine what my future at the Colleges could look like,” says Charli Morgan ’22, this year’s Pre-Orientation Adventure Program Coordinator. “While we were exploring the Finger Lakes and creating unforgettable memories, peace and joy replaced the stress of this approaching change.”
Overseen by Hobart Assistant Dean David Mapstone’93, P’21, the program is designed to provide a unique transition into college life by offering a variety of five-day trips for small groups of students from all experience levels. After moving to campus early, POAP students can kayak, hike, sail, or serve the community while making connections with fellow students. Backpacking and kayaking destinations include the Adirondack Mountains and the Finger Lakes Region.
About 120 first-year students participate in POAP and every trip is led by two experienced guides who care about making incoming students feel at home and excited about their future at Hobart and William Smith. While on a POAP trip, students learn about basic and advanced backpacking, basic kayaking technique, wilderness first aid, orienteering and backcountry navigation, outdoor cooking, wilderness ethics and the ecology of New York State.
“I can’t imagine what my life would look like without POAP – I discovered so much about serving communities and the potential of individual growth that outdoor adventure provides. I look back and know that every opportunity I have taken and the personal development I have made all started on the Pre-Orientation Adventure Program,” says Charli Morgan.
POAP takes place from Aug. 14-18 before the official Orientation. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.