Sunday, May 15, 2011

Add Some WOW to Your Summer (Wilderness Orientation Weekend)

So you are wondering what the deal is with WOW or Wilderness Orientation Weekend. Well, here you go! This information is coming soon in your New Student Manual, but if you are really anxious to learn about it now, here you go. :) More questions? Ask here.

-Gabbi

Saint Michael’s College offers two Wilderness Orientation Weekends for incoming first-year and transfer students. The weekends are designed to provide an opportunity to meet current students and classmates, learn about life at St. Mike’s, and explore our unique outdoor environment. The trips allow students to relax, have fun, meet new friends, and freely ask questions or talk about any concerns they may have regarding the college transition.

Each program is led by two Wilderness Program instructors. During the three-day trips students are exposed to a wide range of activities. There is no experience necessary to participate in any of the WOW programs. Our instructors will teach you the skills necessary to have an enjoyable experience and minimize environmental impact, while offering a perspective on the college’s social and academic opportunities. We encourage students to bring as much of their own gear as possible, however we do supply all group equipment. You will receive a complete packing list in your confirmation packet.

The cost for all trips is $215. (50% refund if you cancel your registration before June 10)

Learn more and see pictures from past WOWs at www.smcvt.edu/wilderness or check out our Facebook page!

WILDERNESS ORIENTATION WEEKEND SCHEDULE
DAY 1: FRIDAY
Summer Registration Day (should conclude by 3:30 p.m.)
9:00–9:30 a.m. Check in/ID Photo. Check in with WOW table.
9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Follow schedule outlined in Summer Registration Day
3:30 p.m. Return to Alliot Lobby to meet your WOW leaders
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00–9:00 p.m. Small Group Instructions/Packing

DAY 2: SATURDAY – IN FIELD

DAY 3: SUNDAY – IN FIELD

DAY 4: MONDAY, FINAL DAY
1:00 p.m. Return from field
4:00 p.m. Farewells

WHITEWATER PADDLING

Spend two days exploring various rivers across New England and New York! Students will learn the basics of the sport and then put their skills into practice while discovering some of the best paddling spots in the area.

MULTI-SPORT
Want to see and try a little bit of everything? Then the multi-sport WOW is for you! Travel around New York and
Vermont, experiencing the thrill of rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and hiking.

BACKPACKING – VERMONT’S GREEN MOUNTAINS
Get to know the land that makes Vermont the Green Mountain State! Hike along beautiful trails and summit peaks with breathtaking views!

ROCK CLIMBING
Whether you are a beginner or wishing to develop your rock climbing skills, this trip is designed to introduce the elements of the sport in a few of Vermont and New Hampshire’s climbing hot spots.

SEA KAYAKING

Come paddle the clear waters of Lake Champlain and learn the basic skills of the sport. Take in the beauty of the unique coastline as you island hop and log some miles!

DAY HIKING

Would you like to explore the Northeast mountains on foot, but not have to carry your home on your back? Join us for this tour de force of some of New England’s best day hikes, and return to base camp every night.

http://www.smcvt.edu/studentlife/wilderness/orientation.asp

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