Orientation Step 2: Oredigger Camp

Oredigger Camp
Get off to a great start
The start of your first year of college can be daunting—it’s a new environment full of new experiences, new expectations, new people and, for most freshmen, even a new bed. But this year at Colorado School of Mines, a group of incoming students will have a leg up over freshmen of years past, thanks to the inaugural Oredigger Camp.

A few weeks before the start of classes, more than 200 first-year students spent 2 ½ days up in the Rocky Mountains, having fun, making friends and getting an introduction to what it means to be an Oredigger.

In 2017, two sessions of camp were held July 31-Aug. 2 and Aug. 2-4 at Camp Como near Fairplay, Colorado. The impact was clear well before the last group of students loaded onto the bus back to Golden.

Encouraging vertical connections between current and incoming Mines students is at the heart of Oredigger Camp’s design. Peer mentors led nearly every activity at camp, with Johnson giving some opening remarks and then stepping back, joining students for meals, impromptu conversations and the occasional pickup game.

Oredigger Camp Highlights
Day 1: Arriving at Oredigger Camp shortly before lunchtime, students spend most of tackling team-building activities—low ropes, tug-of-war and more.

Day 2: Starts bright and early with self-reflection and goal setting. Later, during free time, students soared through the mountain air on zip lines while others jumped in on pickup games of volleyball, 9 Square and Gaga Ball.

Engineering challenges got students thinking and working together. In one task, small groups build a basket out of plastic drinking straws and tape that could protect an egg when dropped from the top of a ladder. In another, larger groups are handed three rolls of duct tape and the challenge of taping someone to the wall. The group whose student stayed stuck the longest won.



Office of New Student and Transition Services
Campus Living Office, Elm Hall
1795 Elm Street
Golden, CO 80401

Camp FAQs

What is Oredigger Camp?

Oredigger Camp is a brand new program designed to foster connections between incoming students and to current Mines students, faculty and staff. This is the first year for Oredigger Camp and will be a unique experience and opportunity for first year students to help solidify a tradition that will be present for years to come.

What do we do at Oredigger Camp?

Oredigger Camp will be a combination of engineering related small group challenges, team builders, and curriculum based around self-development and leadership. This will be built around other camp style activities such as zip line, ropes course, bonfires, and other outdoor activities.

How long is Oredigger Camp? 

Oredigger Camp is a 2.5 Day Camp.

It begins at 8 am on day one (on campus) and ends at 1:30 pm (2.5 days later on campus)

Who runs Oredigger Camp? 

Oredigger Camp is a joint venture between New Student & Transition Services and Student Activities, Involvement, and Leadership. Just like the rest of our Orientation programs, Oredigger Camp will be led by the Peer Mentor Staff. Peer Mentors are some of our most successful and involved students on campus and will be a great resource for students throughout their career.

Where is Oredigger Camp?

Camp Como (11 miles outside of Fairplay)
11117 Pine St, Como, CO 80432

What is provided? 

Transportation to and from the camp is provided. Lodging is provided. Food is provided (Lunch on day one to lunch on day 2.5). Unfortunately, due to the nature of the camp, we are unable to accommodate special dietary issues. For this reason, if you require something specific to you, we recommend bringing snacks or separate food. A refrigerator is available at camp. A menu for the week can be found here.

Lodging will be in basic bunk houses (cabins), each student will be provided a bed, each cabin ranges in size from 10-23 beds. Please note that bedding is not provided.

When is registration? (step 1)

Registration for 2018 will be announced Spring 2018.

Where do I pay? Once I’ve registered (remember this is step 2 to registration)

commerce.cashnet.com/stuact: on this page, click STUACT-STACT on the right-hand side. From there, select the date of your camp session.

What about out of area students? 

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide additional housing for out of area students.

This means there is no housing available the night before/after our camp offerings. We suggest staying locally at a hotel within walking distance (Table Mountain Inn and the Golden Hotel are aware of our program). There are also shuttles available to and from the airport with special Mines rates. Information on transportation to and from the airport can be found here.

What to bring? 

Please read our full participant handbook.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Sleeping bag or sheets and blanket
  • Pillow
  • Flashlight
    Clothing for a two-night/three-day trip
    Jacket or sweatshirt
    Rain gear like a rain jacket or umbrella
    Tennis shoes (there will be walking)
    Bath/personal supplies (you may wish to bring shower shoes)
    Sun screen
    Lip balm
    Any medications (including over the counter pain relievers/allergy medicines)

Please leave your iPods, iPads, tablets, etc. at home. There is very limited cell phone service, and students are instructed to leave them in cabins during activities.

Mines is a tobacco-free campus. Smoking is also prohibited at Oredigger Camp (including e-cigarettes). Please leave these items at home. 

I live near Fairplay, can I check-in at camp? 

Exemptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for those who live near Fairplay or the surrounding area. Please send your request to newstudent@mines.edu. Include the student’s name, CWID ID number, and the session # the student is confirmed for. Please make all requests at least 2 weeks in advance.