Spartan Outdoor Orientation Program
The Spartan Outdoor Orientation Program (SOOP) is sponsored by UNCG Outdoor Adventures. SOOP is a unique program designed for incoming first-year students at UNCG. We utilize adventure and service experiences to assist students in bridging the gap from high school to college and build community with other first-year students. We accomplish this through two different 6-day trips. Students can choose to register for the Adventure & Service trip or the All-Adventure trip. Although the trips share many of the same outcomes, the itineraries and activities are slightly different.
Which SOOP Trip is for me?
Adventure & Service (July 12-17, 2014): This experience places an emphasis on community-building, adventure, and service. Choose this option if you are interested in getting involved in the surrounding community of Greensboro through service and experiencing some thrills along the way! Highlights of this program include kayaking, community service projects, campfires, rock climbing and zip-lining.
All-Adventure (July 26-31, 2014): As the name implies this trip offers non-stop adventure! You will spend your days in the mountains of western North Carolina hiking, kayaking, and whitewater rafting while developing new friendships to carry with you into your college years. Although this trip is full of action, there is no experience necessary—just a sense of adventure!
Please note that we can only serve 16 students on each program, so registering early is highly recommended to secure a spot. It’s important to note that both programs are designed for beginners! No previous experience in any of the activities offered is required. However, there are varying levels of physical exertion within each activity that should be considered prior to registering. We put a lot of emphasis on having FUN on each program offered. From stories around the campfire to rafting down a whitewater river and hiking atop beautiful mountains, there will be many highlights and lasting memories made on either SOOP experience you may choose.
What are the benefits of attending SOOP as a first-year student?
- A sense of community at UNCG and Greensboro — through your experience with a fellow group of new students, it is our hope that you will begin to develop a sense of belonging to the UNCG and Greensboro community. In addition, you will be able to learn more about life as a student from your student trip leaders who will be able to offer boundless information and tips to help you succeed.
- Friendships and support networks — we know college is a big transition and having support and friends can help with settling into a new environment. This trip will provide a great opportunity to spend an extended amount of time with some fellow incoming first-year students.
- Wilderness skills — you will be eating, sleeping, and traveling in some of North Carolina’s most spectacular outdoor locations. Participants will learn many techniques and skills to live safely and comfortably in a wilderness setting for multiple days.
- Environmental awareness — It is our goal, on every trip, to increase the awareness and appreciation for our natural world. We will teach and expect all participants to practice Leave No Trace environmental ethics throughout the program.
Here is what a past SOOP participant had to say about their experience:
“SOOP was a wonderful introduction to the UNCG community. Being able to meet new people, go on adventures and step outside of your comfort zone to experience exciting new things is what SOOP is all about. The friends, memories and stories created on the trip are ones that I will never forget. With the help of the Outdoor Adventures staff and the activities on the trip, my transition into college life was quite smooth. I obtained new skills, and learned things about myself that I did not know before the trip. Community, friendship, leadership, and team bonding are great qualities of the SOOP trip. Thanks to SOOP and the OA staff, I have really enjoyed my first year at UNCG.” –Brooke, 2013 participant