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Program Preference
Please rank which programs you are most interested in doing from 1 to 3 with 1 being the highest and 3 being the lowest.

BOPpers (those in the biking program) spend the day biking on bike paths and roads with breaks for snacks, beautiful views, and long lunches. Bikers should expect riding uphill to enjoy glorious downhills. While we accept all levels, some basic biking experience is required. BOPpers don't need need to be Lance Armstrong, but should be comfortable breaking, switching gears, and riding on a road.

HOPpers (those in the hiking program) go to the beautiful Catskills mountains in upstate New York (near Woodstock) and spend four days and three nights immersed in the woods, sleeping under the stars, and yodeling off the tops of mountains. HOPpers follows a strict “leave no trace” policy, which means everything (and we mean EVERYTHING) that we carry in, we also carry out. While our trails vary in difficulty, they are all still physically demanding and require a degree of physical and mental stamina. HOPpers don’t need to have previous outdoors or hiking experience, just a can-do attitude!.

ROPpers (those in the river program) canoe thirty-five miles down the Delaware River on the New York/Pennsylvania/New Jersey border for four days alongside 6-8 other freshmen and two upperclassmen leaders. You’ll also be accompanied for most of the journey by a similarly sized cross-group. As a ROPper, you will camp on islands, sandbars, and other very basic riverbank campsites, as well as encounter all the splendid sights and sounds the river has to offer. Each day involves paddling roughly 9-14 miles, followed by a meal and a fire at night. All of the food and gear you need will be carried in your canoe. ROPpers must be able to swim (a good doggy paddle suffices)!

Experience / Ability
Please keep in mind that at least half of all participants in COÖP have never had any outdoor experience and that all our leaders are trained outdoorsmen/ women. All that is required for a successful COÖP is a lot of enthusiasm and helpful hands!

On a scale of one to five (where a five means you could climb Mt. Everest blindfolded and one means that you have never left your couch) how would you rank your level of comfort in the outdoors and your athletic ability?

COÖP stands for Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program. We will be outside for 4 consecutive days becoming familiar with the glory of the wilderness. We will be away from cell phones and technology, get dirty, smelly, and tired; it’s great! How do you feel about spending this much time in nature?
COÖP is a team activity. We set-up and break camp together, cook together, and keep each other company along the trail, river, or road. How do you see yourself contributing to your COÖP group’s experience this fall?
What would you do if you had one totally free day?

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