Details on the first and last day of your trip are below. In between, each trip has its own itinerary, but the example below will give you a sense of what to expect.

Arrival Day

 Session 1  Session 2
Session 1 participants are not able to move into their fall rooms until the start of on-campus New Student Orientation.

There is no on-campus housing available for early arrivals during session 1.

If you must arrive early for Session 1, due to your travel arrangements, you must email Wilderness Adventure to let us know, as soon as possible. Early arrivals for session 1 will be housed in our rustic Yurt.

In general, you may not arrive more than 24 hours in advance of WA.
8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
You will be able to pick up your room key at the Residential Life Office and move your belongings into your room on the day you arrive. The Mail Room is also open at 8:00 a.m. this day to pick up any items you may have mailed to campus*.

All WA session 2 participants will be approved by Residential Life to arrive on the first day of WA.

If you need to arrive early** for Session 2, due to your travel arrangements, you must email Wilderness Adventure to request early access to your room for the night before WA starts. In general, you may not arrive more than 24 hours in advance of WA. The WA office will then work with Residential Life to approve your early arrival.

*NOTE 1: If you are mailing boxes to campus, do not mail anything you will need for your WA trip - mail can be lost or delayed, which could negatively impact your trip.

**NOTE 2: The first meal provided by WA is dinner on day one. If you arrive early, you will need to make your own arrangements for food.
2:15–3:15 p.m.
Check in for WA is open at Basecamp. Parking is available in the lot behind the Trudy Fitness Center.
3:30 p.m.
WA gets underway. Say goodbye to your family and get ready for your adventure!
3:45–6:00 p.m.
Begin getting to know everyone. Review all the gear you brought with you and get any gear that you rented.
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Head to the Beattie Reserve for dinner. Pitch your tent for the first time, and try to get some sleep; your trip starts bright and early the next morning.

During the trip


Wake up early, help prepare breakfast and learn to use your camp stove. Get ready for the day - this might mean packing up your camp in preparation for a day of backpacking, canoeing, or kayaking; or it might mean packing a day pack in order to go out for a day of hiking, climbing, or paddling.


In the woods, on the water, or at the crag, you'll have lots to talk about and learn about as you travel through the Adirondacks. You'll have plenty of snacks during the day, but you'll also stop to enjoy lunch and probably an amazing view! 


Arrive at your spot for the night, set up your tents, and maybe start thinking about what's for dinner. You might play some games, learn about Colgate or the Adirondacks, or just hang out and get to know people better. Help prepare and enjoy a tasty dinner. Eventually, the sun will set and you'll get ready for bed.

Last Night and Final Day

Session 1 Session 2
4:00–6:00 p.m.
Return to the Beattie Reserve from the Adirondacks. Set up camp for one last night together.
6:00 p.m.
Cookout for everyone. Mingle with other groups and meet other members of your class!
7:30 p.m.
Enjoy some s'mores and maybe some guitar and singing around a campfire with everyone who participated in Wilderness Adventure.
9:30 p.m.
Go to sleep, college starts tomorrow! (...unless your in Session 1, in which case it doesn't.)
7:00 a.m.
Breakfast at Beattie. Pack up your campsite and head back to campus.
7:30–10:00 a.m.
Clean and return all the equipment you used/borrowed. Say goodbye to your new friends, but also make plans to see everyone later!
10:00 a.m.
Wilderness Adventure is over, but you'll be back in just a couple of weeks to start Orientation!
10:00 a.m.
Head back to your room to shower and clean up. Make sure you check into Orientation at the Hall of Presidents.