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

Adirondack Adventure (AA)

In groups of six to 12, students spend a day on campus preparing for a four-day wilderness or camping trip. There’s a variety of trips from which to choose, from beginning hiking to intermediate canoeing to rock climbing. Students also have the opportunity to make friends on a trip and then the option of taking a Hamilton class together in the fall.

Outreach Adventure Trip

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.

Contact Information

Tessa Chefalo

Director of Orientation and First-Year Programs
315-859-4894 tchefalo@hamilton.edu
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