Orientation Step 2: 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, a new bed. Get off to a great start by making friends and building community at Oredigger Camp!
A few weeks before the start of classes, more than 600 first-year student will get to spend 2 ½ days deep in the Rocky Mountains, having fun, making friends and learning what it means to be an Oredigger.
In 2019, three camp sessions will be held on: July 29-July 31, July 31-Aug. 2, and Aug. 13-15 at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch.
Encouraging vertical connections between current and incoming Mines students is at the heart of Oredigger Camp’s design. Peer mentors 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 the occasional pickup game.
Oredigger Camp 2018 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.
Registration opens in late March. Students applying for Theme Learning Communities within the Residence Halls should plan to attend the August 13-15 session.
FINAL details will be emailed to participants with all they need to: park on campus, arrive check in, PACK etc in early July.
What is Oredigger Camp?
What do we do at Oredigger Camp?
How long is Oredigger Camp?
Who runs Oredigger Camp?
Where is Oredigger Camp?
What is provided if I attend?
Lodging will be in dorm-style rooms, folks will sleep in bunk beds. Please note that bedding IS provided. (Linens and towels included).
When is registration (step 1)?
What about out of area students?
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.
What to bring?
Here are some suggestions:
- 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.