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We invite members of the incoming class of 2018 to join us for Passages 2014, 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.

2014 Trips

This year Passages is offering four different trips, each occurring prior to your arrival on campus for New Student Orientation. Participants should plan to arrive by 10:00 a.m. for check in on the day of departure and anticipate returning to campus by 6 p.m. on the last day.

Passages I: Adirondacks, July 24 - July 28
Difficulty: Basic

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.  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 16.

Passages II: Gettysburg, July 30 - August 3
Difficulty:  Basic

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 including understand national implications, glimpse leadership demonstrated on the battlefield and within the local community, learn of the acts of human heroism from members of different states, and explore the spirituality and ethos of the people. The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North in 1863. It was the war's bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties and the setting for President Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address". No refunds after July 16.

Passages III: White Mountains, August 12 - August 15
Difficulty:  Intermediate

This trip engages those interested in exploring the rugged mountains of New England. The trip will provide an opportunity to explore the northern Appalachian Mountains, located in White Mountain National Forest. The intermediate trip visits three famous mountain passes: Franconia Notch, Crawford Notch, & Pinkham Notch. Distance hiked will accumulate to nearly 13 miles (5,000' of elevation gain) over three days. Highlights include visiting nearly a dozen waterfalls, spending the night at Lonesome Lake, summiting the Franconia Ridge Loop, and ending with a relaxing day floating/canoeing down the Saco River. Registrations accepted thru July 18/no refunds after this date.

Passages IV: White Mountains, August 19 - August 22 [Cancelled]

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 should plan to arrive by 10 a.m. for check in on the day of departure and anticipate returning to campus by 6 p.m. on the last day.

Checks should be made payable to Saint Anselm College - Passages, and should be 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