Summer Adventure Learning Communities

Summer Adventure Learning Communities

What if there was a way to meet fellow Penn State Berks first-year students, interact with faculty and learn new skills before the school year even begins? Good news – there is! Penn State Berks Outdoor Program Adventures provide a unique experience where incoming first-year students can make connections, enjoy summer activities and feel better prepared to start their college career.  

These adventure programs are coupled with Penn State’s first-year seminar course. All Penn State students are required to take first-year seminar and student participants of the outdoor adventure programs will have the benefit of taking this course with other students they have already met! 

Students are encouraged to enroll in the outdoor adventure experi­ence that best fits their interests and skill level. Participation in these experiences is based on a space-available basis. Interested students must register by July 14.

2017 Adventures

Canoeing Adventure: Aug. 13-16

KINES 001 Section 004
PSU 005, Section 029, Berks
(Moderate Physical Demand)

Beautiful scenery, the serenity of the river, wildlife and memories made with new friends! The group will camp out for two nights on the Delaware River and enjoy breathtaking views and an abundance of wild­life. Students do not need to know how to canoe to participate. This program assumes no prior canoeing skill, just a willingness to learn new skills, enjoy nature, and sleep in a tent.

A Walk in the Woods: Aug. 15-17

KINES 001, Section 003
PSU 005, Section 025, Berks
(High Physical Demand)

This three-day/two-night backpacking adventure will allow students to enjoy the solitude of the woods, cook outdoors, sleep under the stars, and learn outdoor hiking skills along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Appalachian Trail in the Cumberland Valley region of Pennsylvania. Participants will learn group hiking skills, enjoy spectacular views, and team build as a prelude to the college experience. Student participants should have prior backpacking or long day-hiking experience.

How to Register

To register, students must complete and return the registration form, along with their $100 payment. Please make checks payable to Penn State University. Return registration form and payment to:

Penn State Berks Campus Life
P.O. Box 7009 Tulpehocken Road
Reading, PA 19610-6009

Additionally, you must meet with an academic adviser at New Student Orientation: Part I. Please tell your adviser that you are enrolled in the outdoor adventure program when registering for a First-Year Seminar course. In the weeks that follow, participants will receive additional program information concerning transportation, arrival times, equipment needs, and medical and insurance forms. Due to limited space for each adventure program, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Penn State reserves the right to cancel any course or activity due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a course is canceled, students are notified before the scheduled starting date of the course. In the case of course cancellation, students will be refunded the participation fee.