We invite members of the incoming class of 2020 to join us for Passages 2016, Saint Anselm College's Adventure Leadership Program for new students. Passages is a unique opportunity to meet an amazing group of friends to start college with, get acclimated to being Anselmian, and spend time learning and having fun in exciting locations.
Trained student leaders (Passages Guides) and faculty/staff lead and facilitate the daily activities as well as provide guidance and supervision throughout the program. Guides are also excellent resources for participants on various topics including the transition to Saint Anselm College.
- 2016 Passages Registration Form & Letter (PDF/400KB)
This year Passages is offering six different trips, each occurring prior to your arrival on campus for New Student Orientation. Participants must arrive by 10 a.m. for check in on the day of departure and should anticipate returning to campus by 6 p.m. on the last day.
Champlain, July 18 - July 22
This trip engages well-rounded individuals in a blended exploration of service, adventure, culture and spirituality. Based at Saint Anne's Shrine in northern Vermont, the 32 acre attraction touches the shores and banks of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. While cabins at Saint Anne's will be home on this trip the adventure does not stop there. This trip encourages activity via avenues such as kayaking/canoeing/biking near the Lake Champlain's shoreline, a day trip in Montréal to explore astonishing cathedrals and finally, a day of service in a nearby community. Participants can expect to learn about the impact of service, positive group dynamics, leadership, and classic cathedrals. This adventure will provide participants with an experience unique to our region and our Anselmian way of life. *A Valid Passport is required.* No refunds after July 1.
Coastal, July 26 - July 29
This trip engages those interested in the beautiful coast we are fortunate enough to neighbor. Harboring off the coast of Portland, Maine this trip will offer an experience based on ocean exploration and appreciation. Through activities on the water, beach or island, participants will spend the days and nights learning from and with one another. Topics will include leadership, ocean-based environmental issues, group challenges, sustainable living practices, daily debriefing, adapting to new environments, and outdoor living skills. Participants will base their experience out of platform yurts located on a 26 acre island only accessible by boat. Possible activities include, sailing, sea kayaking, tide pooling, zip lining, swimming, skim boarding, climbing, and other island based activities. No refunds after July 8.
Adirondacks, July 26 - July 30
This trip engages adventurers as they explore the Adirondacks located in northeast New York. The Adirondack Park covers 6.1 million acres and is the largest park, state-level protected area, and national historic landmark in the contiguous United States. The trip will consist of gaining historical knowledge, understanding environmental issues, land management, outdoor leadership, and the importance of having wild, protected areas. Participants will base their adventures out of lakeside cabins in the Pharoah Lake Wilderness region of the state park. Possible activities include a treetop ropes course with zip lines, boat tour of historic Lake George area, exploring historic Lake Placid and the high peaks region, hiking, canoeing, swimming, and other outdoor activities. No refunds after July 8.
Gettysburg, August 2 - August 6
This trip engages emerging leaders, historians, trivia buffs and those interested in the care of others. The trip will provide an opportunity to explore historical battlefields, analyze the effects and causes of the conflict, glimpse leadership demonstrated on the battlefield and within the local community, learn of the acts of human heroism, and explore the spirituality and ethos of the people. The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the American Civil War and ended General Lee's 1863 invasion of the North. The battle was the war's bloodiest and was the setting for President Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address." Participants will base their explorations out of a retreat center located near the Appalachian Trail. Additional activities may include exploring historic Harpers Ferry and floating the Shenandoah River. No refunds after July 8.
White Mountains - Intermediate, August 2 - August 5
This trip engages outdoor enthusiasts interested in exploring the northern Appalachian Mountains, located in the White Mountain National Forest. This trip requires at least an intermediate level of hiking ability, as the distance hiked will accumulate to approximately 14 miles and 5,000' of elevation gain over three days. Highlights include canoeing the Saco River, visiting nearly a dozen waterfalls, exploring Crawford notch while staying at the award winning Highland Center Lodge, backpacking to a hut to spend the night on a pristine glacial lake with spectacular views of the Franconia Ridge, backpacking to a hut to spend the night above tree-line near the summit of Mount Lafayette, and traversing a 2-mile ridgeline over the three 4,000' mountains of the Franconia Ridge (a National Geographic "Top 20 Dream Trails" hike). No refunds after July 1.
White Mountains - Basic, August 9 - August 12
This trip engages those interested in exploring the northern Appalachian Mountains, located in the White Mountain National Forest. This trip requires a basic level of hiking ability, as the distance hiked will accumulate to over 7 miles and 2,000' of elevation gain over three days. Highlights include canoeing the Saco River, exploring Crawford notch while staying at the award winning Highland Center Lodge, exploring Pinkham Notch while staying at Joe Dodge Lodge with Mount Washington soaring overhead, and backpacking to a stone hut near Carter Dome to spend the night in a serene and beautiful world with fields of boulders the size of Volkswagens, towering cliffs, and tranquil mountain lakes to swim in. No refunds after July 8.
*All trips are subject to change without notice.*
Registration is now open!
Trips have limited spots available on a first-come, first-served basis, and they fill quickly; so, don't wait too long to register. Each trip costs $375 and includes all group activities, lodging, meals, & transportation. Participants must arrive by 9:45 a.m. for check in on the day of departure and should anticipate returning to campus by 6 p.m. on the last day.
Checks should be made payable to Saint Anselm College - Passages, and mailed along with the registration form to:
Passages - Student Activities & Leadership Programs
Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive, #1715
Manchester, NH 03102
For more information about the Passages program, contact: Student Activities & Leadership Programs at (603) 641-7363 or via email at StudentActivities@anselm.edu