Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Honors and Scholars Adirondack Back Country Experience


Time: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 12:00 PM

Location: Cranberry Lake Wilderness area of upstate New York

Admission: $400.00

Honors and Scholars Adirondack Back Country Experience - Take a walk on the wild side this summer and join fellow first year Honors & Scholars students on an eight-day backpack and canoe expedition in the backcountry of the Adirondacks. Larger than several states in New England and bigger than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, the Grand Canyon, and the Great Smoky Mountain National Parks combined, the Adirondack Park contains the largest protected wilderness area east of the Mississippi.

Participants will get a once in a lifetime adventure in a new environment, learn skills that will stay with them for life, meet other classmates, and learn Buckeye traditions which will form the nucleus of their college experience. The lessons learned in creating community, getting involved, and problem solving are transferrable to the adventure of starting college.

The program takes place in the Cranberry Lake Wilderness area of upstate New York, one of the largest remote lakes in the Adirondacks, surrounded by acres of wilderness and trails. This trip is strenuous and the weather is unpredictable, but with a positive attitude and an appreciation for adventure, it is appropriate for novices as well as accomplished backpackers. You will learn to navigate, cook, and work as a small group (10 people) to accomplish any task! 


  • Participate in powerful group building experiences to help you foster new friendships, learn lifelong wilderness skills, develop leadership qualities, increase interpersonal skills, and expand appreciation and concern for the environment.
  • Experience wilderness as it was meant to be while learning about sustainable use of public lands through "Leave No Trace" ethics.
  • Enjoy the beauty and solitude as you backpack through the great north woods working as a team to find your way to your next campsite
  • Experience the joy of canoeing while learning about the lake's ecosystem and local geology.
  • Laugh, share, and learn in a community of people.

Staffing and Safety:
Outdoor Adventure Center staff members participate in an 11-day training to prepare for the Honors & Scholars Wilderness Orientation. Each crew will have at least one of the two staff members trained as a Wilderness First Responder. Professional staff serves as course directors and are available to communicate to groups or parents if an emergency were to occur. All trip leaders are well trained, mature, and safety is their first priority.

During the course, this page will serve as a bulletin board to communicate important information and status updates.

Tyler Young
Department of Recreational Sports

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