Hamilton College offers three branches of orientation adventure trips that provide a fun and friendly atmosphere for easing new students into college life. While the focus and activities of each trip will differ, the core objectives are always the same.

Exploration Adventure (XA)

Explore a theme or topic, while learning more about the local community and central New York. XA boasts a wide variety of trips, including trips focused on the arts, history, sustainability, nature and more.

Adirondack Adventure (AA)

There are a variety of trips to choose from, everything from beginning canoeing to challenging hiking or rock climbing. In groups of eight to 12, students spend a day on campus preparing for a four-day wilderness camping trip. Trips are self-supported, carrying their own food and equipment for their journey. There's something for everyone on Adirondack Adventure!

Outreach Adventure (OA)

OA gives students the chance to explore the area surrounding Hamilton. Activities may include serving in a meal program for the homeless, working with Habitat for Humanity, helping with a summer program for children at a local museum or performing environmental service work.


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Assistant Dean of Students for Student Engagement

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