February Orientation Trips

In 2016, we will offer optional orientation trips for incoming Febs.  There are February outdoor orientation trips (FOO!) and Community Engagement trips.  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.   The program cost of $75 covers your food, transportation and lodging.  Scholarships are available for those who would like to participate but cannot cover the full cost of the trip.  Please email our Orientation Coordinator, Amanda Reinhardt at areinhardt@middlebury.edu to apply.

Please read the trip descriptions below for additional details!

February Outdoor Orientation (FOO!)

FOO! trips offer winter outdoor adventure for small groups of 5-8 first years and 2 trained upper-class leaders.  Groups 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 exploration. FOO! trips are a superb way to explore the wondrous winter landscapes.

Community Engagement Trips

Our Community Engagement trips offer indoor opportunities to become acquainted with the greater Vermont and Addison County communities through service. Students spend their days working with community partners to meet identified needs.  These trips are offered in partnership with Middlebury Alternative Trips (MAlt) and are a great way to get to know the Middlebury community. 

Click here to see our 2015 Community Engagement Trip Descriptions

Youth and Education in Addison County:  You’ll learn about Addison County through the lens of rural education and youth programs.  You will participate in engaging service activities within schools, with school-aged children, or in programs that support children.  This trip will provide opportunities to reflect on Vermont’s education system and on your own educational experiences as well.  You’ll stay overnight at a local school, church or other indoor space.


Hunger and Housing in Addison County Your group will support programs that work to alleviate issues of poverty in the Addison county community, including hunger and housing.  You will do hands-on volunteer work ranging from cooking a community meal to spending time at our local non-profits that provide shelter to those experiencing homelessness.  This trip will provide opportunities to reflect on the effects of economic inequality in your new community, and in your past experiences.  You'll stay overnight at a local school, church or other indoor space.

Registering for a February Orientation Trip

Registration for a February Orientation Trip will begin in November.  All incoming Feb students will receive an email at that time for directions and a timeline for registration.  In the meantime, if you have questions regarding the FOO! program please email trips@middlebury.edu.

Questions about MOP? Contact

Derek Doucet, M.A.
Outdoor Programs Director
McCullough Student Center
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 443-3103