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COOT (Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips) is an outdoor-based student orientation program that is required of all first-year Colby students. COOT trips are designed to be fun and engaging while preparing students for their transition to living and learning on campus. COOT trips provide students with the opportunity to develop meaningful social connections while engaging in an appropriate level of challenge through a wide range of experiences throughout the beautiful State of Maine. Additionally, COOT leaders provide an ongoing mentoring presence on campus throughout the academic year.
The COOT program--which takes place August 30 to September 1, 2013 offers students classic outdoor experiences such as rock climbing, sea kayaking, backpacking, canoeing, sailing, whitewater rafting and more!
COOT trips range from mild to strenuous in exertion level and provide students with an exciting array of activities and amenities from which to choose. From beginners to those experienced in the outdoors, it is our goal to provide everyone with a trip well-suited to their interests and ability level.
Since 1975, the COOT program has helped over 12,000 first year students navigate the woods and waters of Maine and the corridors and classrooms of Colby College. The program is managed by administrative staff with significant collaboration and assistance from student leaders. Our leaders undergo a competitive selection process and must successfully complete all training requirements to be considered an outdoor orientation leader.
RegistrationIn order to register for COOT, the following forms must be submitted. Our experience shows that early submission of all forms eases transition concerns for both students and parents:
Sample COOT Trips