Orientation Step 2: Oredigger Camp

2021 Oredigger Camp: Orediggers On Campus!

General Information

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, a new bed. Get off to great start by making friends and building community at Oredigger Camp!

A few weeks before the start of classes, many first-year and new transfer students will get to spend 2 1/2 days having fun, making friends and learning what it means to be an Oredigger. Encouraging vertical connections between current and incoming Mines students is at the heart of Oredigger Camp’s design. Upper-class student Camp Counselors lead nearly every activity at camp, and President Johnson gives some opening remarks and then steps back to join students for meals, impromptu conversations and an occasional pickup game.

We are excited to announce that this year, Oredigger Camp will take place on the Mines campus with several exciting local activities and excursions planned. This will allow our campers to get a feel for campus while participating in the same traditions and experiences that our community has grown to love. There is no additional out of pocket cost for this event other than any costs incurred getting to and from campus, as this event is included in your orientation fee.

Students who are selected for a Theme Learning Community through Residence Life are REQUIRED to attend the third session (August 17-19), however, you do not have to be part of a Theme Learning Community in order to attend that session. All students attending the third Oredigger Camp session will fully move into their residence hall rooms the day before their camp begins (August 16). Students attending one of the first two sessions, will report to campus the morning of their camp session. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and will close 2 weeks prior to each camp session, or until we reach capacity.

For those attending Camps 1 & 2, campers will check in at 10am on their camp date. There are a small number of residence hall rooms available for a fee the night before those camps if needed for out of state campers. Please email nest@mines.edu if you need to explore this option. Students attending Camp 3 will move into their regular residence hall room the day before their camp session (August 16). More information about move-in will be sent from Residence Life as that date gets closer.

IMPORTANT: Please note, in order to participate in Oredigger Camp, students must either have proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination at least two weeks prior to their camp date, OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of checking in to camp. Information on how to submit these forms will be sent to you after registration. We will continue to monitor and adhere to all COVID-19 regulations within the city and county. Click here for information on how to upload your COVID vaccination record.

Oredigger Camp Session Dates

Session 1: July 23-25, 2021

Session 2: August 8-10, 2021

Session 3: August 17-19, 2021


To register for Oredigger Camp, please click on one of the buttons below. The registration system will not go live until Saturday, May 1 at 8:00AM Mountain Time. There are 2 different registration links for Session 3. Please pay close attention to which Session 3 link you are clicking on.

Oredigger Camp Session 3 has two different registration links. If you have applied for a Theme Learning Community as part of your housing application with the Office of Residence Life, click the button below to register for Camp Session 3.

If you did not apply to a Theme Learning Community, please click on the button below to register for Oredigger Camp Session 3.


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 program designed to foster connections with and across incoming students, current Mines students, faculty, staff and alumni. This is the fifth year for Oredigger Camp and will be a unique experience and opportunity for first year students to help solidify a tradition that will continue 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 hikes, sports, and other outdoor activities.

How long is Oredigger Camp?

Oredigger Camp is a 2.5 Day Camp. It begins at 10 am on day one (on campus) and ends at 1:00 pm (2.5 days later on campus).

Who runs Oredigger Camp?

Oredigger Camp is designed and implemented by the Office of New Student & Transition Services. Just like the rest of our Orientation programs, Oredigger Camp will be led by a highly trained Camp Counselor Staff. Camp Counselors are some of our most successful and involved students on campus and are a great resource for students throughout their career.

Where is Oredigger Camp?

We are excited to announce that this year, Oredigger Camp will take place on the Mines campus with several exciting local activities and excursions planned. This will allow our campers to get a feel for campus while participating in the same traditions and experiences that our community has grown to love.

What is provided if I attend?

Lodging and food at camp is provided (Lunch on day one to lunch on day 2.5). 

When is registration (step 1)?

Registration will open on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:00 AM Mountain Time.

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. For those out of state students, we will work with you to gather a group to use an uber/lift for the return trip to the airport to share cost.[/learn_more]

What to bring?

Please read our full participant handbook that will be emailed in July.

Here are some suggestions:

  • 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.