New Student Orientation – Spring 2020

January 10, 2020 

12 p.m. Move in:

  • Check in at the Welcome Center
  • Res Life Staff will sign you in to your designated Residence Hall.
  • Student Services Center – Get your Student ID
  • Offices are open for last minute questions

2 p.m. – How to Succeed in College – An Introduction to Unity College policies, procedures and resources.

3 p.m. – Financial Aid/Federal Work-study Presentation

4 p.m. – Family Dinner and Farewells

5 p.m. – NSO Outdoor Program meet at the Gym

6 p.m. – Depart for Tanglewood 4H Center in Lincolnville, Maine

7  p.m. – Arrive at Tanglewood

Sunday 12, 2020

2:30 p.m.Return to campus from NSO Outdoor Program

3:30 p.m. – Clean up and finalize program with leaders

4:30 p.m. – Dinner at Wyman Commons (Meal Plan)

7:00 p.m. – Welcome Activities

January 10 from 7 p.m. – January 12  at 1:30 p.m. – various activities listed below

NSO Outdoor Program – what to expect:

  • All groups will be staying at Tanglewood 4H Center in Lincolnville, Maine
  • Small group adventure-based experiences (approximately ten students and two staff)
  • Led by well-trained Unity College student leaders
  • Great camp food made by you and staff
  • Stay in a small cabin with a wood stove and bunk beds
  • Participate in various activities such as: cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, primitive skills, downhill skiing, community-building games and initiatives
  • Inclusion in decision-making and risk management
  • Participation in discussion circles (often accompanied by delicious camp cooking!)
  • Completion of a Leave No Trace awareness program

Trip Descriptions

Cross Country Ski & Snow Shoe
During the course, we will be exploring the rugged and beautiful Camden Hills State Park. You will be surrounded by mountaintops and views of the ocean, and the park will be your home as we explore the peaks, valleys and streams it has to offer. Trained staff will teach you the skills to be a competent winter backpacker. You will summit Mt. Megunticook, or Bald Rock Mountain. Weather permitting, you will also snowshoe and cross-country ski.

Primitive Skills
Come to this program ready to learn about the skills of our ancestors—skills that humans have used to thrive for thousands of years. You will be immersed in the natural world to learn about various primitive skills including: water collection, shelter building, fire making, tracking, camouflage and stalking techniques, and ways to keep yourself comfortable in the wilderness.

Winter Exploration
Spend time exploring Mid-Coast Maine where we will participate in a variety of winter activities. We will head to Camden State Park and snowshoe and oversee spectacular views of Penobscot Bay. Spend the day at Camden Ski bowl and choose between snowboarding or downhill skiing.  Staff will teach some basic skills prior to heading down the slopes.


You will register for your trip on Friday January 10  at noon during check in.