Welcome to Scrambles!

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Start your Whitman career off right by participating in a Scramble! Each year, three upperclassmen take incoming students on an outdoor adventure! In 2012, the Outdoor Program offered 20 Scramble trips including: backpacking in the Wallowas, Olympics, or The North Cascades, sea kayaking in the San Juan Islands, canoeing on Ross Lake, climbing at Smith Rock, whitewater kayaking on the Salmon River, or whitewater rafting on the Salmon River.

Most trips are designed for participants with little or no outdoor experience, but there are some strenuous trips for the more seasoned hiker.

There will also be two early scrambles for debate students, athletes, international students and SCORE participants. Both trips will return with time for students to make any commitments to their sport, team, or orientations.

Last year's Scramble Booklet is available here
The 2013 Scramble Booklet will be available in May.  

Scrambles provide an excellent opportunity for incoming students to meet current students, learn about Whitman, and gain a greater understanding of what to expect when they begin college. Scrambles also ease the transition from summer activities to college life by giving you the chance to meet new friends before school begins. So, how about taking a week before school starts for a wilderness adventure?

Whitman College President, George Bridges

According to President George Bridges, "Scrambles are an exciting and integral way that new students come to know Whitman and one another. Not only do they see and experience the spectacular recreational outdoors in the Northwest, our students form close friendship networks that last throughout their Whitman education and beyond."


What are people saying about Scrambles? 

“Scrambles are a great way to come into Whitman with a group of friends, and to get involved with the Outdoor Program.” – Maddie Player, ’14

"Leading a Scramble was not only fun but really fulfilling. I got to introduce my Scramblers to the San Juan Islands and sea kayaking, both of which I love. I enjoyed watching my Scramblers bond and become close friends on the trip. It's awesome to see that they've kept those friendships throughout the school year." – Allison Bolgiano, ’14

“Looking back on my scramble, I couldn’t have asked for a better transition into Whitman. I had never been to the west coast before, but quickly fell in love with the landscape and people.” – Kyle Scott, ’12

“Going on a scramble is a wonderful way to learn what Whitman College is all about.  I admired my leaders deeply for sharing with me their love for the outdoors, their respect for nature, and their passion for Whitman.  After my scramble, I came to Whitman inspired, rejuvenated, and empowered by the connections I made; it was an edifying, unforgettable experience.  The Scrambles program seeks earnestly to change the lives of incoming students.” - Matt Raymond, ’13

"Having gone on a scramble and led a scramble, I would say the scramble program is one of my favorite parts of Whitman. The time spent outside, sleeping under the stars, adventuring and making good friends has created amazing memories." – Heather Domonoske, ’13