Summer Adventure Learning Communities

Summer Adventure Learning Communities

What if there were 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 ts their interests and skill level. Participation in these experiences is based on a space-available basis. Interested students must register by July 13.

2018 Adventures

Canoeing Adventure: Aug. 12-15

KINES 001 Section 001
PSU 005, Section 014, Berks
(Moderate Physical Demand)

Enjoy 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 experience, just a willingness to learn new skills, enjoy nature, and sleep in a tent.

Building for Tomorrow: August 13-16

CN ED 297, Section 004
PSU 005, Section 003, Berks
(Light Physical Demand)

Show compassion by sharing strength! Students experience the joy they can provide by preparing a meal at a soup kitchen or assisting in a renovation project with a nonprofit agency. In this program, participants will work together to serve community members right here in Berks County. This experience will be a great way to broaden your cultural horizons through community service. This trip includes on-campus living and an opportunity to connect with campus resources.

A Walk in the Woods: Aug. 13-16

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

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this year’s “A Walk in the Woods” course will feature hiking in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. Participants will learn group hiking skills, enjoy spectacular views, and sleep in cabins. Student participants should own basic hiking gear and have prior day-hiking experience.

How to Register

To register, students must complete and return the registration form, along with their $150 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. In order to participate, students will be required to sign a release.


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.