+ Pre-Orientation Adventure Program – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \


The Pre-Orientation Adventure Program (POAP) is an optional, five-day outdoor experience offered to incoming first-year students. The program provides the chance to experience hiking, kayaking, or participating in a community service program in the greater Geneva area. Students will also get a chance to meet classmates, learn new skills, ease into the collegiate lifestyle, and have a bit of fun before formal Orientation and classes start.

The people you’ll meet during the Pre-Orientation Adventure Program may turn out to be some of the best friends you’ll make in college. The trip leaders foster an open and comfortable atmosphere regardless of experience level, background, race, sexual orientation, culture, or religion.

Students of all experience levels are welcome! So if you’ve hiked the Presidential Range or only camped out in your backyard, that’s OK! We offer 11 concurrently running trips, each made up of a small group of first-year students and two upper-class guides. Backpacking and kayaking trip destinations include the Adirondack Mountains and Finger Lakes Region. A Geneva-based service-learning trip will also be offered.

While on your Pre-Orientation adventure, you might learn more about:

  • Basic and Advanced Backpacking
  • Basic Kayaking Technique
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Orienteering and Backcountry Navigation
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Wilderness ethics and Leave No Trace camping
  • Ecology of New York State













POAP Application Deadline:
July 8, 2022

POAP Dates:
August 13-17, 2022

Questions and concerns should be directed to poap@hws.edu.