Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

First Year Outdoor Experience

Can’t wait to start college? Get started early with Lycoming College’s First Year Outdoor Experience. Choose your week of beautiful vistas, rugged trails and scenic rivers for a backpacking or paddling adventure.

First Year Adirondack Expedition: July 25-31, 2021

Explore the Adirondacks from the best seat in the house, a canoe! We'll explore lakes and river systems while building friendships and learning new skills. 

Backpacking in Loyalsock State Forest: August 18-23, 2021

Bond with future classmates while learning outdoor living skills in a picturesque natural setting. Take advantage of this unique opportunity and gain new abilities, friendships, and valuable strategies to help you have a successful first year of college.

Jae Ellison, the College’s director of Outdoor Leadership and Education, and a trained student instructor will guide students through each experience, suitable for outdoor adventurers of all levels. Ellison is a certified Wilderness EMT and has extensive experience guiding in wilderness settings.

The number of participants is limited to 12 for each trip. Participants will be selected from applicants who submit an application and a letter regarding how this experience will help with the transition to college.

Selected participants will be sent via email:

  • An information sheet including location and contact information
  • Suggested personal packing list
  • Medical form link
  • Informed consent and assumption of risk form link

Program Cost

First Year Outdoor Experience: $50.00

Fee includes all food and industry-leading equipment including:

  • Healthy, energy-filled food, with care taken for dietary restrictions
  • Tents and sleeping bags
  • Cooking gear
  • Safety equipment

Participants will be required to bring clothing appropriate for the weather, personal toiletries and proper footwear. A light-weight but sturdy hiking boot is recommended; students arriving without proper footwear will not be allowed to participate.