This year marks the 40th year of the Whitman College Scramble Program. This year we have 20 trips planned with 63 student leaders and roughly 192 spaces for incoming first year students to go out into the field. Scrambles will travel as far as the San Juan Islands, WA to sea kayak and the Salmon River, ID to kayak and raft. Backpacking trips will be divided up amongst the Strawberry Mountains, OR, Elkhorn Mountains, OR, Wallowa Mountains, OR, Olympic Peninsula, WA, and North Cascades, WA while canoers will cross Ross Lake, WA and rock climbers will climb at Smith Rock, OR. The average trip length will be 8-9 days.
An early scramble trips would be ideal for you if one of the following applies:
-you're an international student
-you're a varsity athlete with pre-season training before school starts
-you want to participate in the SCORE program AND Scrambles program
-you're able to go back home between the end of your scrambles trip and the start of orientation.
If you would like to register for either scramble, please begin the registration process on Compass at whit.mn/scrambles and also contact our Scramble Coordinator, Eva Geisse, directly at email@example.com.
The scramble booklet below is for information only. In order to register for a scramble, you will need a Whitman College email address. You will get the ID number and information you will need to create a Whitman email address in the mail sometime during the week of May 16th. Accordingly, registration for Scrambles will open on May 18th.
The 2017 booklet will be available in the Spring.
What is a Scramble?
Start your Whitman career off right by participating in a Scramble! Each August, small groups of incoming first-years join three upperclass student leaders on an outdoor adventure in the Pacific Northwest. Incoming students are introduced to the region surrounding Whitman and Walla Walla, and have the opportunity to meet fellow first-years and older students during their week-long experience of a lifetime.
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 first-years the chance to meet new friends before school begins. So, how about taking a week before school starts for a wilderness adventure?
In 2017, the Outdoor Program will offer 20 Scrambles. These trips will include backpacking in the Wallowas, Olympics, Strawberrys, Elkhorns, Mt. St. Helens, and the North Cascades, sea kayaking in the San Juan Islands, canoeing on Ross Lake, rock climbing at Smith Rock, and whitewater kayaking and 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 outdoor adventurer.
There is also one early Scramble offered for athletes, international students and SCORE participants. That trip will return with time for students to make most commitments to their sport, orientation, and/or program.
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