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CCNY College Orientation and Leadership Workshop

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The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center

200 Breakneck Road

Haverstraw, NY 10927

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Throughout your college life, you will face a variety of obstacles. Whether time-management, building relationships, trying to balance daily life with your studies, or something else gets in your way, you will need skills and confidence. Acquiring what you need to respond effectively to these and other obstacles takes preparation. And one of the best ways to prepare is to attend an orientation program that builds both the skills and confidence to navigate life on any campus.

At CCNY, our orientation program was designed by students for students. It supports all CCNY students on their journey here at CCNY. The program offers you a unique experience. It prepares you for the vigor of college life and provides the tools needed to successfully adapt to new settings—all while building self-confidence and interpersonal relationships. You will develop key leadership skills that will benefit you on your path to success in college and beyond. All while being introduced to, and safely immersed in, the outdoors. Over the course of this 4-day program, we will draw parallels between backcountry and college-life skills.

This program is provided by the Appalachian Mountain Club in partnership with the CCNY Colin Powell School faculty. It is specifically designed to blend outdoor skills and experiences with those of college life. Students will learn the basics of outdoor recreation such as camping, hiking, backpacking, and canoeing. You will stay in tents at AMC’s Corman Harriman Outdoor Center. Located in the heart of Harriman State Park, Corman Harriman Outdoor Center provides tent platforms, covered shelters, restroom facilities, and access to hiking trails, plus a 64-acre lake for swimming and paddling. Ultimately, you will find this is your chance to get a jump start on college while enjoying the great outdoors a mere 50 minutes from the city. See https://www.outdoors.org/harriman for more details about Corman Harriman Outdoor Center.

What to Expect from your Outdoor Orientation Trip:

Students will have the option to choose between 3 different sessions of the program:
August 6th-9th
August 13th-16th
August 20th-23rd

Upon arrival at Corman Harriman Outdoor Center on the first day of your trip, you will meet with your AMC Instructors. You will spend some time this morning getting oriented to CHOC, getting to know your instructors and group members, and getting an overview of your trip. In the afternoon you will learn about norms and expectations of student life at CCNY and about the intentions of the CCNY-orientation trips. The remainder of the afternoon will be spent learning camping skills from your instructors such as how to set up tents, cook on a camp stove, and crucial outdoor self-care skills that will help you stay comfortable throughout the trip. The first night will be spent camping at CHOC.

You spend part of your trip camping on tent platforms and semi-covered shelters at Harriman Outdoor Center. You will also do one overnight hike to a nearby backcountry shelter where you will camp in tents and/or utilize the three sided shelter. While at Harriman Outdoor Center you will have access to showers and toilets, but during the overnight trip you will learn about hygiene practices for backcountry travel.

Group 1:

On the second day of the trip, half of the group will set out for an overnight backpacking trip. In the morning, your instructors will teach you how to pack all of your equipment into backpacks, how to travel as a group & basic navigation using map and compass before you set off for a backcountry campsite for the evening. Along the hike you will take breaks to learn about foot care, natural history of the area, and how to stay hydrated and well fed. The terrain will likely be challenging with full packs, but you will be rewarded with beautiful views. If you arrive at camp with time to spare, you may have the opportunity to hike with a lighter pack to a nearby fire tower where you can get an even better view of the surrounding beauty of the state park. Upon arriving at camp, you will work with your group to set up tents, hang food away from animals, and cook dinner. After dinner you will have the opportunity to discuss the day while enjoying the stars or perhaps a campfire.

On the third morning, your group will break down your campsite and pack your packs. Before departing for the Hike back to CHOC, you will dive deeper into leadership and team building activities. Once back at CHOC, you will have lunch and set off on the lake for an afternoon in canoes. In addition to the outdoor skills such as paddle strokes and canoe rescues, you will also learn about communication and teamwork with your canoe partner. Back at camp the group will work together to cook dinner, share a meal, and participate in discussions about experiences from the day.

On the final morning, your group will enjoy a final day-hike around Breakneck Pond before returning to CHOC where you will have lunch. After lunch, you will break down the campsite and work together as a team to help clean and return borrowed equipment. Before departing, you will have the opportunity to debrief the experience with your instructors and reflect on new skills and lessons learned during the trip.

After reuniting with the rest of your CCNY peers, you will depart from CHOC by bus at 3pm on the final day and head back to the city having made new friends, learned new skills, and hopefully greater willingness to step outside of your comfort zone and appreciation for the outdoors.

Group 2:

On the second day of your trip you can expect to participate in a day hike with your group around Breakneck Pond. You will have lunch on the trail, and return to CHOC in the afternoon and set off in canoes to enjoy the lake from a different perspective. In addition to learning skills such as paddle strokes and canoe rescues, you will also learn about communication and teamwork with your canoe partner. Back at camp the group will work together to cook dinner, share a meal, and participate in discussions about experiences from the day.

On the third day of the trip, your group will set out for an overnight backpacking trip. In the morning, your instructors will teach you how to pack all of your equipment into backpacks, how to travel as a group & basic navigation using map and compass before you set off for a backcountry campsite for the evening. Along the hike you will take breaks to learn about foot care, natural history of the area, and to stay hydrated and well fed. The terrain will likely be challenging with full packs, but you will be rewarded with beautiful views. If you arrive at camp with time to spare, you may have the opportunity to hike with a lighter pack to a nearby fire tower where you can get an even better view of the surrounding beauty of the state park. Upon arriving at camp, you will work with your group to set up tents, hang food away from animals, and cook dinner. After dinner you will have the opportunity to discuss the day while enjoying the stars or perhaps a campfire.

On the final morning, your group will break down your campsite and pack your packs. Before departing for the Hike back to CHOC, you will dive deeper into leadership and team building activities. Once back at CHOC, you will have lunch and then you will work together as a team to help clean and return borrowed equipment. Before departing, you will have the opportunity to debrief the experience with your instructors and reflect on new skills and lessons learned during the trip.

After reuniting with the rest of your CCNY peers, you will depart from CHOC by bus at 3pm on the final day and head back to the city having made new friends, learned new skills, and hopefully greater willingness to step outside of your comfort zone and appreciation for the outdoors.

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The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center

200 Breakneck Road

Haverstraw, NY 10927

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