University of Delaware

NSO Trip Opportunities

We encourage you to make a bold leap into your college experience by participating in one of two additional programs before 1743 Welcome Days, Summit and Quest, which both allow students the opportunity to start a journey towards self-discovery and personal development.

For information about Quest, visit

NSO Presents

Apply to be a Summit Leader!

The Summit Leader position provides students the opportunity to officially welcome new Blue Hens to the University of Delaware through an outdoor orientation experience. Summit Leaders are official representatives of the Office of New Student Orientation, the Division of Student Life, and the University of Delaware.

To apply for the 2016 Summit Leader position, be sure to read the Position Description and then complete the application online by 4pm on Friday, February 19, 2016.

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SUMMITSummit is an outdoor orientation experience at the University of Delaware designed to further ease your transition into our campus community and your college experience. As part of the First Year Experience (FYE), this outdoor excursion offers you the unique opportunity to connect with your new classmates in a fun and challenging environment, allowing you to learn more about yourself and develop the confidence and skills you need to successfully navigate your first year at UD.

Here's what Summit will do for you:

  • Create strong meaningful relationships with peers, mentors and faculty, so as to begin integrating into the social fabric of the institution.
  • Identify communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills needed to accomplish tasks and goals.
  • Identify how your personal decision-making skills can impact your wellbeing and ability to reach goals.

Each Summit experience will be consist of up to 12 first-year students, as well as three of our Summit Leaders. These trained student guides, who are both Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified, will take you safely across Maryland and into your freshman year of college. The Summit experience will start with two days of on-campus activities and backcountry lessons to prepare you for the adventure ahead. The next five days will be spent trekking the entire Maryland portion of the Appalachian Trail.

Summit is available to all incoming freshmen. Although you do not need to be an experienced backpacker to participate in Summit, you must be physically able to walk 8-10 miles per day. Over the course of the 5 days on the trail, students will hike approximately 50 miles and will be carrying all of their supplies in a backpack.


Summit is available to all incoming freshmen of every experience and skill level! As an extended outdoor orientation program, Summit will require students to use both simple and technical backpacking equipment. During the experience, students will be separated into tent groups and provided with the necessary gear to function on the trail as a team. However, there will be a number of personal gear items that students must either bring themselves or rent from the NSO office. We will have backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and headlamps available for rent. You must have your own hiking boots and appropriate clothing for the trail.

A packing list of the clothing and equipment you will be expected to bring can be found in our Gear Guidelines. If you are unsure whether what you already have is adequate after reading the Gear Guidelines, email us at

Trip Dates for Summit 2015:

  • Trip 1: Sunday, August 9 - Saturday, August 15
  • Trip 2: Tuesday, August 11 - Monday, August 17
  • Trip 3: Wednesday, August 19 - Tuesday, August 25
  • Trip 4: Friday, August 21 - Thursday, August 27

Students selected to participate in Summit will be placed in one of these 4 trips based on the availability they indicated on their application.

Forms for Summit Participants:

In order to participate in Summit, each student must complete the following forms and return them to the NSO Office postmarked by July 28; alternatively, the forms can be scanned and emailed to

Still have questions?

If you have additional questions about Summit, check out our Frequently Asked Questions. If you still can't find an answer to your specific question, feel free to call us at (302) 831-3313 or email


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