Scrambles 2019:

This year we have 18 trips planned with 56 student leaders and roughly 160 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 whitewater kayak and raft. Backpacking trips will be divided up amongst the Strawberry Mountains (OR), Elkhorn Mountains (OR), Wallowa Mountains (OR), and North Cascades (WA). Canoers will cross Ross Lake (WA) and rock climbers will climb at Smith Rock (OR). The average trip length will be 6-7 days.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Scramble Coordinator directly at scrambles@whitman.edu. Information Booklets will go out mid May.

In order to register for a scramble, you will need a Whitman College email address. The 2019 Scramble booklet will be available in the Spring.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I register for 2019 Scrambles?

Early June

I can't afford to go on a Scramble. Do you offer financial aid?

Yes, we do! We do not want cost to be a barrier to anyone hoping to participate in the Scrambles Program, so we offer scholarships to students receiving significant need-based financial aid. All students that apply to the scrambles program will automatically be checked to see if they qualify for a percentage of financial. There is a fund administered by the Scrambles Program that will cover up to 50% of the Scramble cost, depending on your level of need-based financial aid. However, if you for any reason cannot pay the $300 deposit fee, please do not hesitate to contact the Dean of Students Office at (509) 527-5158. If you qualify, the Dean of Students Office will look at your need and work hard to assist you in paying the $300 deposit fee and possibly more. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please don't hesitate to contact the Scramble Coordinator, Alexandra Stanley, directly by phone at (415) 450-1577 or by email at scrambles@whitman.edu.

When will I find out which Scramble I've been placed on?

We will mail out trip acceptances within two weeks of the June lottery. Participants will be notified by email. We keep a wait list for trips that fill up if there is more interest than spots available.

When do I need to be in Walla Walla for Scrambles?

August 22nd for Wave 1 Scrambles

August 23rd for Wave 2 Scrambles

What is the cancellation policy for Scrambles?

Participants canceling before July 15th receive a full refund minus a $65 cancellation fee. After July 15th until two weeks before Scrambles, participants receive a 50 percent refund.

Click here to access all detailed information via the online 2018 Scrambles Booklet!

The 2019 Scrambles Booklet will be available soon!

 Contact our Scramble Coordinator directly at scrambles@whitman.edu

The scramble booklet above 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 14th.

Important Scholarship Information: We do not want cost to be a barrier to anyone hoping to participate in the Scrambles Program, so we offer scholarships to students receiving significant need-based financial aid. All students that apply to the scrambles program will automatically be checked to see if they qualify for a percentage of financial. There is a fund administered by the Scrambles Program that will cover up to 50% of the Scramble cost, depending on your level of need-based financial aid. However, if you for any reason cannot pay the $300 deposit fee, please do not hesitate to contact the Dean of Students Office at (509) 527-5158. If you qualify, the Dean of Students Office will look at your need and work hard to assist you in paying the $300 deposit fee and possibly more. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please don't hesitate to contact the Scramble Coordinator, Alexandra Stanley, directly by phone at (415) 450-1577 or by email at scrambles@whitman.edu.

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?

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.Screen Shot

The North Cascades Navigators - Scrambles 2013 video thumbnail. Image of trees and mountains.

Watch the video North Cascade Navigators-Scrambles 2013 HERE!

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