February Outdoor Orientation (FOO)

Small groups of 5-8 first years and 2-3 trained upper-class leaders will head in to the winter backcountry on skis or snowshoes for 2 days and 1 night of frosty fun and challenge. FOO trips take place in the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondacks of New York. These areas, just a short drive from campus, offer endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Our goal is to provide an intimate small group experience in which new students get to know one another, and their upper-class leaders. This setting provides a unique opportunity to share questions, concerns, and hopes about transitioning to life at Middlebury with those best able to relate - other students! Not surprisingly, tight-knit groups sharing a special bond often develop over the course of the program. FOO is also a superb way to explore the wondrous winter landscapes that surround campus.

If a wintery challenge isn’t for you, in 2015 we’re hoping to offer indoor opportunities to explore Vermont and get to know your new community.  Stay tuned for information in late fall regarding trip information.